Words by Olivia Bauso
It’s no surprise that DIY weddings are all the rage. . . Saving money while putting a personal touch on your ceremony and reception is always in style!
Inspiration for your wedding on a budget is easy to find online (Oh hi Instagram, Pinterest, and blogs), but the tools to recreate the perfect handmade seating chart, floral decorations, or favors for your guests aren’t always readily available. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of classes to prepare you with skills you can use to turn your do it yourself wedding into an Instagram-worthy dream.
Photo by Olivia Bauso
Productive Journaling- July 12
Let be honest, they key to any successful wedding is planning. Sticky notes, endless lists and binders of information just won’t make the cut during one of the most stressful times of your life. Learn how to make the most out of your organizational skills in this Productive Journaling class. Boost your productivity and mindfulness by combining your to-do lists, calendar of deadlines and journal all in one place! In this class, you’ll learn the basics of productive journaling, available resources (both paper and digital), and tools to add flair and fun to your journal. Notebooks are included and pens will be available for you to practice with.
Make Your Own Block Printed Tote Bag- July 18
Searching for the perfect wedding favor or wedding party gift? How about a custom-stamped tote bag or other custom-stamped creation? Make your own personally-designed stamp with your guests, bridesmaids or groomsmen in mind. In this class, you’ll learn the way to make repetitive patterns with block printing and go home with a homemade stamp and 15” x 15” natural cotton tote bag. Once you’ve got the skills and the sample, you’ll be properly equipped to pump out as many block printed pieces as your guest list calls for.
Photo provided by Laura Cott
Shibori Dye Workshop- July 26
Finding cohesive fabrics, tablecloths and cloth napkins to create the right atmosphere for your reception space can be daunting. Why not dye your own, designing the perfect color combinations with your textiles? “Shi-bori“ is a term from the Japanese culture to describe a way of dyeing fabric by “resist”. In this class, you’ll learn to stitch, pole-bind and clamp to start, then work to produce a finished table runner. This technique can then be repeated at home for your guests tablescapes.
Dual Brush Lettering- August 1
Kick your calligraphy skills up a notch and find the confidence to make your own custom signage and day-of stationary. Ordering from sites like Etsy or Minted can be easy, but the price tag will add up pretty quickly. If you’ve tried your hand at basic lettering, this is the right step for you: handmade! In this calligraphy class, students will learn to take their lettering skills to the next level using Tombow Dual-Brush pens. Tackle basic lettering techniques and then learn some creative ways to use the brush pens for color-blending and to make backgrounds for your lettering. Your work will be perfectly professional and invitation or name card ready.
Photo by Olivia Bauso
Needle Felting: Make Your Own Bird- August 6
Surprise your guests with a handmade piece crafted with the first textile made by man! Needle Felting is the art of maneuvering interlocking fibers with a needle to create sculptures, jewelry, and wall art. Learn how easy it is to manipulate felt fibers to create a three-dimensional figure, and in this case, a small bird! Perfect as a personal detail in your reception space or a gift for your guests, needle felted pieces are the ultimate addition to your crafty wedding. The class cost includes everything you'll need to make your bird within 2 hours: a high-density foam work surface, wool fibers, and a felting needle.
Turquoise and Leather Necklace- Aug 24
Let your necklace be your something blue-- or blue-green that is. This turquoise and leather necklace will perfectly compliment your boho wedding. Paired with your dazzling white or your bridesmaids’ mismatched gowns, a handmade necklace made just for you is the right move for your once in a lifetime look. In this class, you’ll learn how to make a southwest-style necklace with small pewter spacers, blue-green turquoise stones and a silver plated lobster closure.
Lush Summer Arrangements with Flowerwell- August 26
Many brides are opting to save this season by putting together their own arrangements and bouquets, but creating the perfect wedding florals can be tricky on the first try. Gather, design, play and have a good old time in this class focused on the art of modern, garden-inspired floral design. In this class, you'll work with all seasonal blooms, fillers and foliage fresh from Flowerwell Farm and will walk away from with an arrangement that you personally designed and created, lush with Flowerwell blooms. Gather the confidence to make your florals truly your own.
No matter what you choose for your special day, the best day-of details are those with personality. Your wedding will be perfect as long as it accentuates your individuality as a couple and is inexplicably you. What better way to accomplish that than with handmade creations?