Whether you’re having a seaside wedding in Virginia Beach or a barn style bash in Smithfield, Hampton Roads is the place to be for a personalized DIY wedding! Do-it-yourself projects are not new to the wedding world, so we decided to round up some of the best DIY ideas for Hampton Roads weddings to give you some inspiration for your big day!
One of the first things guests see when they come to a wedding is a welcome sign. DIY signs are a great, low-budget option for adding a little personality (and organization!) to any wedding. Starting with a welcome sign, you can add your wedding hashtag for guests to post images from the wedding to different social media, making it easier for you to see their great snaps later on! When it comes time for the ceremony, we love signs that unite the bride and groom’s sides of the family for seating. A great example would be, “As two families are becoming one, we ask that you choose a seat and not a side”. Another great DIY sign is a classic directions inspired sign. Have one arrow pointing to the ceremony space, one for the cocktail hour, another for the reception area, and finally an arrow pointing in the general direction of the honeymoon location! Guests will have a wonderful time taking photos with all of your fun signs, and you’ll love the splash of personality that they provide!
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One delicious way to add some custom fun to your wedding is to have personalized drinks. Write down the bride and groom’s favorite adult beverages and have them as the signature cocktail options for the wedding! You can play with seasonal flavors, fun colors, and even offer a non-alcoholic option for your guests that may not be old enough to partake in some of the fun yet! Whether you love a jack and coke or a fruity sangria, your guests will love sipping on a drink that encompasses your personality while they celebrate your day!
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Simple Reception Decorations
A popular DIY option for brides and grooms that want to personalize their wedding at a low cost is creating simple centerpieces! A combination of mason jars and wildflower florals that match the wedding colors create a soft, comfortable space for guests to relax before the fun begins! One great reception decoration option is a photo table remembering loved ones who have passed before the wedding. By having photos of family members and close friends, you can have them there with you on your wedding day as well as letting guests pay their respects as well. If you’re looking for a fun way to accent your table numbers, there are a ton of options! One fun idea is to use photos of the bride and groom at the age of the table number- for example, using the fourteen-year-old groom’s school photo for table fourteen, or a baby photo for table one. Another great way to keep guests entertained is to provide a printout for the reception tables of “10 things you didn’t know about bride/groom”. You can use funny stories from your childhood, favorite foods, and other random trivia. Guests will love having something fun to do while you take your wedding portraits!
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Finally, we love a good DIY guestbook! While the classic guestbook is a wonderful option, there’s just something so fun about a unique guestbook that matches the couple’s personality! One of our personal favorites is a Jenga set; your guests can decorate a Jenga piece with advice for the newly married couple! From a scrapbook style with spaces for guests to add in their own Polaroids, to a surfboard for guests to sign, there are so many different ways to incorporate your theme!
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