How To Decide What to DIY at Your Wedding

How to decide what to DIY at your wedding

How To Decide What to DIY at Your Wedding?

If you’re struggling for budget, or time, then DIY can be a help or a hindrance. As with everything else in planning your wedding, you need to figure out what’s best for you.

How to decide what to DIY at your wedding, when you’re stressed? Try answering these questions:

  1. How much would it cost to get it done professionally?
  2. Can I afford it?
  3. How much would it cost to DIY?
  4. Would I be able to DIY it to a quality level I’ll be happy with?
  5. Would it be worth the time it takes to DIY?

I’m going to use stationery as an example, as it’s the basis of my experience. I’m not going to tell you that you need to pay someone – specifically me – and that you don’t have a choice.

In fact, if you want to DIY stationery, that’s great! 

I love designing and making stationery, it’s a really cool hobby that I get to do as a job. I love little fiddly bits of decoration, and I love making sure the tiny details are correct. Honestly, it’s my cocaine. And if you like making things, and you find it soothing, then I absolutely encourage you to DIY your invitations. If you’ve a crafty relative who loves to do it, and they want to help, then go for it. 

But sometimes when you’ve decided to DIY, even with the best will in the world, you just run out of time. So you either hire a professional last minute, which can be expensive, or you buy the first decent, generic ones you see in a supermarket while you do the weekly shop, and then have to spend ages hand-writing all your extra details.

I’m not trying to put you off, honestly, and I’m only using stationery as an example because it’s what I know about. So before you commit to DIY or not to DIY, consider the pros and cons, the time investment, and if you will actually enjoy it or not. 

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This post is an excerpt from How To Plan Your Perfect Wedding: A Stress-Free Guide To Designing Your Big Day

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Northanger Abbey Stylish On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection

Northanger Abbey Stylish On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection

Introducing our Northanger Abbey Inspired Stylish On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection!

“If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.”

– Jane Austen

Find the adventure with this stylish range, inspired by Northanger Abbey.

Who among us hasn’t gone off to Bath, hungry for adventure, only to end up falling in love with the first man we meet? Don’t get me wrong, Mr Tilney has some great one-liners. If he’ll forgive me for assuming his dad killed his mum then he’s definitely a keeper! Although Catherine learned her lesson, we can’t expect her to give up the Gothic altogether, can we? There’s just a hint of it in what I’m delighting in calling A BLOOD RED HEART motif 😉 

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Mansfield Park Kraft Paper On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection

Mansfield Park Kraft Paper On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection

Introducing our Mansfield Park Kraft Paper On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection!

“I think it ought not to be set down as certain, that a man must be acceptable to every woman he may happen to like himself.”

– Jane Austen

Classic and understated – our rustic Kraft Paper On The Day Collection.

Fanny Price gets a bad rap. Mansfield Park is, what, the least popular of Austen’s novels? Edmund is… not to everyone’s taste, but forget all that! Let’s focus on the positive. The enduring, constancy of love, the quiet dignity of standing your ground because of what you know in yourself to be right. Not bad things to base a marriage on, eh?

Our sample here is a classic black ink, but we can change yours to fit your theme free of charge.

The Mansfield Park Kraft Paper On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection includes:

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Sense & Sensibility Watercolour Greenery On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection

Sense & Sensibility Watercolour Greenery On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection

Introducing our Sense & Sensibility Watercolour Greenery On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection!

“I come here with no expectations, only to profess, now that I am at liberty to do so, that my heart is and always will be…yours.”

– Jane Austen, Sense & Sensibility

Channel your inner Elinor with this Sense & Sensibility inspired Watercolour Greenery On The Day Stationery.

If you’ve finally come to an arrangement with the honourable but misguided brother of your not-so-nice sister in law. A handsome, older but devoted colonel has engaged the affections of your younger sister. Maybe you’re looking forward to settling down in a modestly sized parish with an even more modest income. Hey, this sweet range featuring watercolour greenery could be the one for you!

Printed on gorgeous, thick textured paper, each piece looks hand-painted. These Orders of Service are hand-finished with a black bow – this can be changed to fit your colour scheme at no extra cost.

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Emma Pink Floral On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection

Emma Pink Floral On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection

Introducing our gorgeous Emma Pink Floral On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection.

“I always deserve the best treatment because I never put up with any other.”

– Jane Austen, Emma

Feel handsome, clever and rich with this Emma-inspired Pink Stationery.

Marrying Paul Rudd? Perhaps Jeremy Northam? Johnny Lee Miller? Mark Strong? Whether it’s none or all of the above, show off the union of yourself and your Mr Knightley with this pretty monogrammed set. Done with meddling in the love affairs of others, you can bask in the glory of your own match. 

Printed on gorgeous, thick textured paper,  and double sided for that extra wow factor. I’ve also included a monogram, to give you that extra pop of colour! Our sample here is pink – could Emma have any other colour? But we can change yours to fit your theme free of charge.

The Emma Pink Floral On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection includes:

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Persuasion-Inspired Watercolour On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection

Persuasion-Inspired Watercolour On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection

Introducing our Persuasion-Inspired Watercolour On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection!

“There could have been no two hearts so open, no tastes so similar, no feelings so in unison”

– Jane Austen, Persuasion

Your wedding stationery needn’t be a wash-out with this watercolour set. Whether or not you’ve waited eight years for your beloved to propose again!

The umbrella scene inspires this delicate pink and grey wash set. You know the one! In the coffee shop, when it’s raining and Captain Wentworth offers Anne his umbrella. *Swooning sigh* I just love this scene, although I don’t entirely know why. Perhaps it’s the umbrella/giant hat combo. Anyway…

Printed on gorgeous, thick textured paper, each piece in the watercolour order of service looks hand-painted. So it’s particularly befitting the daughter of a foolish spendthrift Baronet!

The Persuasion-Inspired Watercolour On The Day Wedding Stationery Collection includes:

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Bridal Book Club – June – Northanger Abbey

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”

Jane Austen – Northanger Abbey

Last but not least, it’s time for Northanger Abbey!

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

My favourite Jane Austen novel varies, depending mostly on which I’m reading, or which adaptation I’ve seen most recently. But in one thing, Northanger Abbey will always be my favourite. Mr Tilney is, and I will take no argument, the best Austen hero. He just is. I might change my mind on this after a re-read, but for now I can say with absolute confidence: Mr Tilney rules. 

Here’s the blurb for you:

This coming-of-age story revolves around Catherine Morland, a young and naïve “heroine”, who entertains the reader on her journey to a better understanding of the world and those around her. In the course of the novel, she discovers that she differs from those other women who crave wealth or social acceptance, as instead she wishes only to have happiness supported by genuine morality.

Wikipedia

It’s got love, it’s got loose morals, it’s got jokes. What more could you want from a book?

Unlike the other Austens, this one’s light on the adaptations, heavy on the background reading. It’s a satire of some of the most popular Gothic Novels of the time, and if you’ve got neither the time nor inclination to read said Gothic novels, let me just assure you that they are:

a) full of fainting heroines

b) thrilling

c) very silly fun

So without further ado, here are some free resources for you to read along:)

Free downloads:

https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/search/?query=jane+austen

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_4_15?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=jane+austen+kindle+free&sprefix=jane+austen+kin%2Caps%2C153&crid=1O2BC2UXNRG97

Audio:

https://librivox.org/author/155?primary_key=155&search_category=author&search_page=1&search_form=get_results

Also available as a LoyalBooks podcast, if that’s your jam.

Paperback:

Click to view on Amazon. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Here’s another irritating Wordsworth edition cover. But let’s not get into that again.

What next?

  • Thursday 27th June 2019 – Facebook Group Book Club Discussion 

And don’t forget to keep and eye on twitter and instagram for Bridal Book Club chat and pics. If you’re watching any of the adaptations, please share your thoughts either in the Facebook Group, or on twitter with #bridalbookclub

Adatation wise, there are 2 main ones:

ITV is my absolute favourite because of the incomparable JJ Field. And Felicity Jones is spot on.

If you enjoy the story, there’s a modern version by Val McDermid, set in around the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 

And so, there’s the end of Austen!:( 

But fear not, after a few months off, there’ll be some more classics coming up! I’m thinking Dickens for Christmas, some Bronte and Gaskell for an indeterminate time in the future. Any requests, let me know!

Giftast Bridal Book Club reading order

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Bridal Book Club – May – Mansfield Park

“A fondness for reading, properly directed, must be an education in itself.”

Jane Austen – Mansfield Park

It’s Mansfield Park month!

Mansfield Park, Jane Austen Bridal Book Club

In the interests of full disclosure, I have a lot of feelings about Mansfield Park. 

I did my uni dissertation on Austen adaptations (because of course I did!) and I chose Mansfield Park to focus on. I picked it because I liked it the least, I’d never read it and I forgot it was one of the longest books! It’s fair to say that it did make me appreciate Mansfield Park a lot more. 

Straight off – I don’t like any of the adaptations, except for the old BBC one. But it isn’t a story which lends itself to modern re-tellings, I don’t think. Of all the Austens, I’d say it’s the most of its time. 

I’m not trying to put you off, because I really feel that Mansfield Park is the most undervalued of Austen’s novels. It’s definitely worth a read! Here’s the blurb for you:

The novel tells the story of Fanny Price, starting when her overburdened, impoverished family sends her at age ten to live in the household of her wealthy aunt and uncle; it follows her development and concludes in early adulthood.

From early on critical reception has been diverse. To some, the heroine Fanny Price was appealing; to others appalling. Some saw the novel as straightforward; others as intensely ironic with many disguised allusions. Some have emphasised the novel’s traditional values; others have emphasised radical and feminist interpretations. Was Austen for or against theatrical performance? What part does religion and ordination play in the novel?

Wikipedia

That’s a lot of questions for a blurb to ask! Hold on to your bonnets, it’s going to be an interesting one!

So without further ado, here are some free resources for you to read along:)

Free downloads:

https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/search/?query=jane+austen

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_4_15?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=jane+austen+kindle+free&sprefix=jane+austen+kin%2Caps%2C153&crid=1O2BC2UXNRG97

Audio:

https://librivox.org/author/155?primary_key=155&search_category=author&search_page=1&search_form=get_results

Also available as a LoyalBooks podcast, if that’s your jam.

Paperback:

Click to view on Amazon. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Here’s another irritating Wordsworth edition cover. But let’s not get into that again.

What next?

  • Thursday 30th May 2019 – Facebook Group Book Club Discussion 

And don’t forget to keep and eye on twitter and instagram for Bridal Book Club chat and pics. If you’re watching any of the adaptations, please share your thoughts either in the Facebook Group, or on twitter with #bridalbookclub

Adatation wise, there are 3 main ones:

And next month is the last of the Austens! It’s Northanger Abbey!

Giftast Bridal Book Club reading order

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