My DIY Wedding

February 8th, 2009  |  Published in Crafts, Letterpress, Wedding  |  8 Comments

It’s our 3-month anniversary, and I spent the afternoon looking through old Martha Stewart Weddings with Dave’s cousin’s fiancee, so I’m feeling quite nostalgic for our wedding. I’ve been wanting to put all of our wedding crafts together in one post, so here goes!!

While I’m on the topic of weddings, here are a few of my favorite wedding blogs. You should definitely check them out for some amazing inspiration throughout the planning process:

  • Style Me Pretty – Such amazing inspiration boards and great DIY posts.
  • Snippet and Ink - So many beautiful and unique weddings highlighted.
  • Lu Lu Belle – I love all of her color theme ideas and artistic sense about weddings.
  • Etsy Wedding – I used quite a bit for my wedding. This blog brings together tons of great finds!

Okay, onto my wedding crafts!

We designed and letterpressed all of our stationary items for the wedding on our Adana 8×5 letterpress (found on Briar Press). We did not draw the pictures, though! We bought those from the very talented sposnick on istockphoto. We sent our designs off to be made into magnesium plates at Owosso Graphic Arts, Inc. and printed them on Crane’s Lettra Letterpress Paper. The pocket folders that we glued the invites into were from Cards & Pockets.

Dave and I went to the Wedding Ring Workshop in Chicago and spent a day in the workshop making our own wedding rings. It took about 6 hours for us to cut the platinum, form it into circles, solder them, round the edges, sand them, clean them, and engrave “Annie & Dave” on the inside. Dave made mine and I made his, and even though they aren’t absolutely perfect, I love them more than anything!

This was probably the quickest and easiest craft, and one that we were most happy with how it turned out. We bought a custom stamp in our wedding fonts. Then we just stamped onto brown cardstock with a gold ink pad. The inside pages were designed by my wonderful brother-in-law and were full of the music, readings, and people involved with the wedding. We just copied those pages on a regular copy machine and stapled them inside.

Dave’s dad grew the blue flowers in his greenhouses, and bought the rest of them fresh from a store. Two of my amazing bridesmaids spent the day before the wedding arranging all of the bouquets and boutinneers. They couldn’t have been more perfect! I loved how each girl had their own individual bouquet.

Funny story – Dave’s dad just told me that when he went to pick up the sunflowers the day before the wedding, they all had green centers. He was convinced that I definitely wanted brown centers, and ran all around town trying to find sunflowers with big brown centers. When he wasn’t successful in his search, he came home and spray painted the centers brown! Wow!! No one noticed – not me, not my bridesmaids who arranged them, not anyone who came up and talked to me about my bouquet. Amazing! I can’t even tell in the photographs.

Here’s another of our letterpress projects. We made menus in blue and brown.

These were our escort cards. I got the idea from a Style Me Pretty DIY contest. We just used beech sticks we found in the woods, and containers we found for $5 at Joann Fabrics filled with fake flowers. We pulled out the flowers and shoved the sticks in instead. Then I hung little cards that I had letterpressed with a bird and calligraphied with the names and table numbers for all of our guests.

We collected a bunch of photos of us growing up, some old family wedding photos, and just some great photos of us with our friends. We strung them up on twine with clothespins for everyone to enjoy at the reception. It was super easy and quick, and so nice to have a bit of “home” decorating the reception hall.

Our last name is (now) Amos, so we gave Famous Amos cookies as our favors. I bought some rubber stamps from Michaels and stamped in brown onto cardstock for the little “thank you” notes.

Dave’s amazing mom baked all of our wedding cupcakes in the days before the wedding. She spent the whole year before perfecting recipes for chocolate with a cream cheese center, pumpkin chocolate chip, and vanilla. They were so incredibly delicious and beautiful!!! His dad built us the cupcake tower, which looked so huge until it was full of cupcakes. We bought the cupcake liners from

Dave loves Lego, so we thought these would be the perfect cupcake toppers. Dave dug through his Lego collection and found the perfect pieces.

Whew! All right, those are all of the ones that I can find good photos of. If you’re interested in seeing more of our wedding photos, you can see a slideshow of our professional photos.

It was just so wonderful that we (and our friends and family) were able to make so many things so the wedding truly felt like us. Plus we had my sisters and brother-in-law do all of the music at the church, my cousin/bridesmaid’s CD played during dinner (and during the reception she sang a song she wrote for me – see below), and our friends from college decorated the hall for us. I definitely recommend using the talents of everyone you know so that you can really make your wedding personal!

8 Responses

  1. Craftzilla says:

    February 9th, 2009 at 10:28 am (#)

    Your wedding looks amazing! A lot of DIY stuff that doesn’t seem like it was all that time consuming (when spaced out!) and economical to boot. Nice work!

  2. Ashlee says:

    February 9th, 2009 at 10:27 pm (#)

    You are amazing! These pictures are beautiful too.

  3. Laceylou says:

    February 10th, 2009 at 8:19 am (#)

    Amazing–I love the idea of making your own wedding rings! Any chance your mother in law will part with her recipes?

  4. Annie says:

    February 10th, 2009 at 8:24 am (#)

    Thanks! Haha, I’ve been trying to get those recipes from her for months! We’re visiting his parents this weekend, so maybe I’ll finally get them then. I promise to post the recipes whenever I get them!


  5. Lindsey Lu says:

    February 10th, 2009 at 12:42 pm (#)

    Thanks for the shout out! Your wedding was one of my favorite DIY weddings so far! Doing you own letterpress was such a special detail.

  6. Lisa says:

    February 10th, 2009 at 7:28 pm (#)

    Congratulations on your 3 month anniversary! Love all the sweet touches you put on your wedding. Making your own rings was such a beautful idea. Your MIL’s cupcakes look divine. The escort cards look effective.

  7. patti says:

    February 14th, 2009 at 12:25 pm (#)

    The Davis Family from Table 7 (see photo) says “What an awesome wedding! We loved it!”

  8. Christina says:

    March 1st, 2009 at 3:02 pm (#)

    Love this wedding! How many guests? If it was an intimate wedding (less than 75 guests) I’d love to feature you on my website in the real weddings section. Please contact me.