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Posted: Friday, Sep. 20, 2013

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Ashleigh has been living in Charlotte since 2008 with her oversized yellow lab. She is a communications professional, grad student, runner, and lover of all things wedding! After attending 13 weddings in three years, it's now Ashleigh's turn to be at the altar. Join her as she blogs about her adventures in step-by-step wedding planning and tips for other brides-to-be!

How many brides collect crafts throughout their wedding planning with intentions of spending time with bridesmaids doing DIY projects for the wedding? More than half, for sure, and I was definitely one of those. Everyone wants “personal touches” at their wedding and I was no different. However, I am the world’s BIGGEST procrastinator, so my DIY projects didn’t happen until the week of the wedding (and if we’re being honest, the Thursday before).

First, were the chalkboards for the seating chart, drink menu, food menu and desserts table. We also had chalk picks to go in the flowers for table numbers. I did all of the writing on these items (thank goodness for good handwriting!).

My sweet husband put together the bags for our out-of-town guests which included water bottles, something sweet, something salty, a coupon book for Charlotte and a tourism guide for Charlotte (CRVA items all thanks to an awesome grad school friend – thanks, Daniel!). My chore with the bags was to tag them and add shuttle times. Mission accomplished! I will say that we initially wanted reusable bags but unless you order online, it’s hard to find them for a reasonable price individually at retail stores.

Wooden signs were also a big part of our wedding day. It fit the rustic chic theme we were going for and the fabulous interior of The Dairy Barn. We had signs for our chairs that said “Mr.” and “Mrs.” and a sign that was hung on the stairs directing guests to the “wedding.”

Since we had planned to have our wedding outdoors, we made fans out of our programs. I say “we” but really, my groom-to-be took it upon himself to work on these bit by bit, night by night because I thought it was a boring (and annoying) task. Reason #14567 why I’m thankful for him. I later heard that my adorable little cousins, who were our attendants, were insisting everyone take a program. After a week of using a glue stick and matching up pages perfectly, we appreciated their efforts.

Other projects that day included: getting pictures in frames, getting all the items together that we wanted at the wedding (mason jars, forks, canvases), boxing up everything that had to go to the site during the rehearsal and whew! It was a busy, long day.

Everything got done (done is better than perfect, right?). We loved the decorations and got so many compliments on them throughout the wedding weekend. It was worth spending the extra time on those things. In many other circumstances, we paid for things that we probably could have done on our own but it was more convenient to pay. In addition to our handwritten vows, burlap bows and fingerprint tree, the little details made our wedding more special. They made it “us.” And we loved every last little detail.

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