My Favorite Wedding DIY Details of 2011

This week we are looking back at some of my favorites from the past year – love this time of year! So fun to remember all the amazing weddings + stories we’ve share this year, so we are going to look back at a bunch of them once more this week. :) Today it’s all about the amazing DIY details all you lovely couples created for your weddings! So here are my favorite wedding DIY details of 2011, I hope you enjoy…

favorite DIY wedding details

One of my most favorite weddings where the couple and their family + friends really went all out, was this Old World Carnival Wedding photographed by Gabriel Ryan Photographers. With the festivities taking place on the bride’s family property, it was a true labor of love with all the unique details and the amazing ceremony + reception space.


Who could forget this Big Sur Whimsical Wedding in the Woods! Photographed by EP Love, it was a magical woodland wedding with so many adorable details created by the couple including their ceremony backdrop, the wooden creatures and the owl tree with all the owl place cards!


One of the most popular weddings this year was full of amazing rainbow details (including a real rainbow!) photographed by Three Nails Photography.


Another handmade wedding in the woods, this beauty was photographed by Stone Crandall Photography. The wedding took place in the bride’s parents backyard and the couple designed the beautiful invite, lots of reception details and the family built the ceremony space + benches! Amazing…

wedding in the woods

This Pixel Cowboy Wedding designed by the bride (Brit) and Jesi Haack had so many cute pixel details for these Silicon Valley geeks! Photographed by David Stubbs.

pixel cowboy wedding

This whimsical + fun upstate New York wedding was a favorite with it’s bright colors and all the fun globes they placed around the reception – such a great idea! Photographed by Sloan Photographers.


Love all the sewing + cooking details in this wedding between a fashion designer + baker photographed by Clayton Austin.

sewing colorful wedding

Virginia Woodland wedding photographed by Jodi Miller Photography. Love that this couple had a wedding logo with two raccoons and her giant heart made of plastic bottles is a super great DIY idea!


This cute couple screen printed their wedding date + names on vintage handkerchiefs they collected and then hung them across their ceremony space in this chic DC wedding photographed by Kate Headley.

handkerchief wedding-decor

Looking for a rustic and budget friendly idea for your ceremony backdrop? Love the backdrop this adorable couple created with wood palettes, paper cranes and string lights photographed by Todd Pellowe Photography


I think this might be one of my favorite wedding entrances ever via this elegant California wedding photographed by Sean Walker!

wedding ceremony doors for aisle entrance

What do you lovelies think? Did I include one of your favorite DIY details? Which ones did you love that I missed? I’d love to hear…and check back tomorrow as I’ll be sharing my favorite wedding inspirations from the movies + music!

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  1. I loooooove the entrace with the doors held.

  2. Happy Holidays, Jen! So glad to see the Euro Cirque wedding made it to your great little list. It was a great pleasure for us in working with that talented Jowett family!


  3. Wonderful year!!!And wonderful wedding!! So beautiful shots!!Love them,too!!Expecting the new year!!

  4. wow the moments! :)

  5. ahhhh everything looks amazing!~It’s crazy how creative everyone is getting.

  6. That entrance with the doors is brilliant. We had a bride with an entrance dilemma earlier this year and we suggested they park the wedding limo in front of the bridal party (a la Extreme Makeover – Home Edition) but your idea is much nicer. Thanks for sharing.


    check out the feature on Kathleen and Jared’s wedding! It’s a beautiful DIY. From little details to the dress itself!

  8. We did a meadow wedding and the bride was concealed behind a beautiful floral curtain hung from a curtain rod, which was draped with flowers fresh from the meadow. The rod was carried by her two brothers and the curtain parted in the center for her entrance.

  9. I am in love with the vintage hankie bunting. What a great DIY element for any vintage wedding.

  10. I love diy weddings they make the wedding more unique. My favourite photo has to be the one with the bride and the bridesmaids in lots of different colours stood in the woods.

  11. Im really inspired by the rainbow wedding! The colors show up so well on film! Great job!!

  12. Jesi Haack’s wedding- and her style are so bomb. If I ever actually meet someone, she’d be my inspiration! Woodsy weddings are so romantic!


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