Sure… you see them all the time. Wedding emergency must haves. The lists go on and on – things you need and things maybe you don’t. Instead of having to carry a duffle bag to hold all of your emergency necessities, let’s trim the list to the 10 things you must have. We’ll throw in the obvious and the, perhaps, not so obvious.
DIY Photo Booth Backdrop with String Lights
Though I had an idea for the DIY photo booth backdrop a long time ago, it took awhile for Sparky and me to get around to constructing it. To recap, we decided we wanted a backdrop of a sheer white curtain with bright string lights. We settled on the string lights because of their warm vibe. Plus, we thought they tied in nicely with our loosely light themed wedding.
The first thing we did was to find a construction that we agreed on. Most of the backdrops used the PVC frame with feet, but Sparky was worried about the stability and durability of that frame. I kept searching and eventually found this tutorial from Project Wedding. When I sent it to Sparky he deemed it the best plan he’d seen, and we set to work re-creating it.
- Two PVC pipes in your desired height (I think ours are 10 feet.)
- Two 90 degree side outlet elbow
- Two rubber cane feet
- Curtain rod (We got an adjustable one from IKEA.)
- Sheer curtains, or curtains of your choice (We also got these at IKEA for like $2.50/curtain panel.)
- String lights (if using)
- Safety pins
- Electrical tape
Step 1: To construct your DIY photo booth backdrop, start by measuring how thick your elbow is compared to your curtain rod, and add electrical tape around the rod until you have a tight fit. You aren’t going to attach the rod to the elbow yet, though.
Step 2: Add the rubber cane fit to the end of your PVC rod and fit the other side of the rod into the elbow.
DIY PVC Photo Booth Tutorial on a Budget
Oh, I wanted one.
I wanted one like Aladdin wants Jasmine, like a marathoner wants a gallon of Gatorade, and like Hugh Grant wants to make another romantic comedy.
Pre-wedding, I knew, in my heart of hearts, that I wanted a photo booth. But my heart of hearts was also telling me we couldn’t spend a grand on a photo-strip-spitting, old fashioned booth. And my heart of hearts wasn’t crazy enough to spend $464 from an online store ($97 for the backdrop, $367 for the support system [yikes!]) to build my own.
So, my (cheap, rational) heart of hearts led me to Home Depot to create a stand for our DIY faux-to booth backdrop. I had searched online for tutorials, but could only find extremely complicated versions involving power tools (and I preferred to keep all of my phalanges attached). Thus, we developed our own method, which 1) ended up working out quite well, 2) was budget friendly, and 3) was easy to build.
For those wishing to build their own cheap, easy, fun photo DIY PVC photo booth, here is what we used and how we put it together.
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DIY Ribbon Flower Shoe Cuff Tutorial
So, I know my over-the-top flowered shoes with the DIY ribbon flower shoe cuff aren’t for everyone (but I love them, so that’s what matters, right?). However, the ribbon roses my mom made for them could be used for a ton of other projects too! For bouquets, boutonnieres, on a dress sash, in your hair, grouped together to adorn pews…there are a lot of possibilities out there!
A while ago I searched the Weddingbee blog for a tutorial on ribbon flowers, but could only find clay and fabric flowers, so I asked my mom to take step-by-step pictures of her making the flowers.
Here is the tutorial for a DIY ribbon flower shoe cuff.
- 1¼ yards of 1½-inch ribbon in color(s) of your choice (I chose different shades of purple.)
- needle and thread
Step 1: Cut the ribbon to desired length. For a smaller rose use ¾ yards of ½-inch or ?-inch ribbon. Thread a needle with matching thread and knot the end. Fold down one corner of the ribbon and sew a few stitches. If you are using a ribbon with one “good” side, start with the “good” side down. Or you can use double sided satin ribbon, so both sides are “good.”
DIY Wedding Map Insert for Invitations
Editor’s note: We are re-running some of our post popular and helpful posts of all time here on the ‘Bee. Stay tuned fore more DIY wedding planning goodness.
As you might already know, I make maps for a living. So of course I had to make a DIY wedding map for our invitations! While this map wouldn’t be impressive to my colleagues in GIS (Geographic Information Systems), I think this was a pretty good map for our guests, considering I couldn’t use my work’s GIS software!
My Photoshop skills are limited to none, so I used Microsoft PowerPoint to make the map inserts. I will admit, while it is time consuming, the steps are rather easy. It took me about three hours to perfect this map to my liking, but if you aren’t as picky as I am, it shouldn’t take that long. Also, it’s pretty hard to tell you how to make these maps by typing it out, so if there is any confusion, please comment and I’ll try my best to help.
By the way, my apologies in advance for the fuzzy picture examples. I don’t have Photoshop to make them perfectly clear, so please accept my meager Paint/PowerPoint skills here in showing you how to make this wedding map.
Here’s the finished product first: