The Handcrafted Wedding: a DIY Bride’s Bible

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“My name is Emma and I eat, sleep, and blog about weddings.” That’s from the first page of The Handcrafted Wedding, a DIY wedding book written by Emmaline Bride’s own Emma Arendoski, and the collection of imaginative DIY handcraft ideas found within the pages of her book absolutely confirms this statement. Emma is a wedding junkie who knows her stuff. When shopping for her own wedding favors, decor, and outfits, Emma came to this realization: “No two couples, share the same story, so why should two weddings share the same details?”

Committing to a DIY wedding means your wedding will be entirely your own. In addition to throwing a wedding that is personal and unique to your marriage, there’s a good chance you’ll also save money along the way. By making your own wedding invitations, favors, and decor, the only items you’ll have to purchase are necessities like tablecloths and the buffet spread–unless you’re up to cooking for your guests, too!


Emmaline Bride Emma Arendoski


Whether it’s Pinterest or any number of the countless wedding blogs offering wedding tips, styles, and ideas, DIY wedding inspiration is abundant. So why bother buying a DIY wedding crafts book when you can find inspiration online for free? For one, it can be difficult to keep track of so many web pages, so Emma neatly organizes everything from DIY invitations to DIY favors in one comprehensive book. It’s never been easier to flip through such a vast treasure trove of great craft ideas! The second reason is because this book wasn’t written by just any author. This book was written by the lady who writes the number 1 DIY wedding handcrafts blog in the world, Emmaline Bride, so you know that the wedding ideas are golden from cover to cover.


Here are just a few DIY wedding ideas from The Handcrafted Wedding that we can’t stop thinking about:


ring pillow cigar box

A wooden cigar box makes a great alternative to a ring pillow


“Make Everyone a Wedding Photographer

Make sure you get plenty of wedding antics caught on film by placing disposable cameras on all the tables. While you may have hired a stellar photographer, candid photographs taken of guests by guests will keep you laughing all the way to your honeymoon”

Save the Date seed packet

Save the Date seed packets allow your guests to watch your love bloom


“For Heat and Humidity

If you’re getting married outdoors during the summer months, supply your guests with paper fans–distributed before the ceremony–or a basket of battery-operated fans placed nearby to help them keep cool.”

wedding guest book typewriter

A vintage typewriter can double as a guest book




Credits: Photo of Emma Arendoski found on G+ || Cigar box ring pillow found on etsy || Save the Date seed packets found on meandyoulookbook blog || Typewriter wedding guest book found on || Feature image by Debi Parker Photography, featured by Emmaline Bride