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The DIY Wedding: Celebrate Your Day Your Way Paperback – November 29, 2007
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Natalie Zee Drieu lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and is an associate editor of CRAFT magazine.
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I think for brides like me, who are already crafty and have ideas for their weddings, this book would be fun to skim at a bookstore, but it isn't essential. For brides who want to take on some diy projects and don't know where to begin, this book could be worth buying.
Kelly covers everything from DIY invitations and favors to food, drinks, and music. I love the real life stories that are scattered throughout the book and Kelly's tips on where to find things inexpensively.
Bottom line, before reading this, the idea of eloping in Vegas sounded more appealing than planning a wedding. Now I can't wait to get started!
There weren't enough new and helpful suggestions - much of the advice was of the sort I've read in magazines. There wasn't much in the way of resources, and just a scattering of recipes and step-by-step instructions - with very few illustrations!
It wasn't at all about a budget (When in doubt, always buy more flowers! I think she uses the phrase "go overboard"), and it made a rather weak attempt at suggesting a few "green" ways of doing things (Use recycled paper!).
But it wasn't very general either. It didn't have any real underlying message, and it wasn't very fun to read.
As for indie? Eh. I highly recommend "Offbeat Bride" by Ariel Meadow Stallings. Less concrete suggestions, but a heck of a lot more inspiration.
Also, many of the suggestions seemed too obvious to me. "You don't have to buy a new wedding dress - check vintage shops and thrift stores." And there is hardly any discussion of choosing where to have the event, a huge omission.
This book is definitely not what I was looking for in a wedding guide. For real DIY projects, I recommend The DIY Bride: 40 Fun Projects for Your Ultimate One-of-a-Kind Wedding instead.
This book consists of incredibly helpful advice (for everything from floral arrangements to picking out an officiant), very do-able projects, and it's all presented in a great, readable format. I can honestly say it's the best advice book, hands-down, that I've read so far for wedding planning, and I'd recommend it for anyone. One of the great things about it is that the content is appropriate for *anyone*, so I might spread the love to others getting married after us.
I definitely recommend this book to any bride who doesn't want to dump a bunch of money down the drain, and even those who will dump just a bit of money down that drain once in a while (for sanity's sake), and are looking for some level-headed, non-wedding-industrial-complex advice.
I couldn't put it down... my fiance probably got annoyed with all the "OHHH!" 's and "OH look, that's sooo cool!" 's and "Oh my, lets do that!"..... but he enjoyed it just as much as me. He said the "diy"-ness made it more customizable, and being that it was, he felt more apart of it. That he could make a choice or decision, even if it was the color of the glass for the ball jar vases. (Blue or Clear) Or cool favors that he or i could put a personal touch on. And it wasn't cookie cutter.
We are 'tattooed', 'pierced' and 'alternative' people... but this book would work for anyone wanting to be really involved in their wedding. It's a lot of work... doing it yourself... but even if you don't want to 100% just if you made your own bouquet... this book is worth it. It also has website links for things as well.
Great find. Love it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A lot of this book is common sense stuff. Stuff I already knew. I thought it would give me some ideas for a wedding. Read morePublished on October 17, 2013 by Kayla Wolden
As a person who is doing my own wedding, small at the cabin,but also used to plan 3,000 person music festivals, this book was very helpful. Read morePublished on August 17, 2013 by Megan Burns
This book was really helpful while trying to plan my upcoming wedding. There were plenty of ideas that I had not thought about and money saving tips were awesome. Read morePublished on June 19, 2013 by Ryan
There was a lot of useful information here, and some that I couldn't really do anything with because I didn't buy the book before I rushed into a lot of decisions about the... Read morePublished on January 30, 2013 by Sarah
I'm the poster child for DIY any and everything, including my wedding. Our whole wedding was gorgeous and (excluding my dress) we had 250+ people, food, alcohol, and a PHENOMENAL... Read morePublished on January 2, 2013 by Carmen Castillo
I plan on DIYing the majority of my wedding, but had no idea how to skirt the monster that is the wedding industry. Read morePublished on December 30, 2012 by Vivian Darkbloom
There were a lot of great ideas in this book, but ultimately we didn't use any - all things considered, it was better to just pay for the polish and peace of mind.Published on August 30, 2012 by smithmts
I am planning my own wedding and found this manual fairly helpful! While it goes to a much grander scale than what my personal beliefs on weddings are, it was still helpful in... Read morePublished on July 30, 2012 by itllgetbetter
This book was helpful and well suited for a bride who doesn't know the market lingo and needs to keep costs down. Read morePublished on July 24, 2012 by Jackson