The DIY Bride: 40 Fun Projects for Your Ultimate One-Of-A-Kind Wedding
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The DIY Bride: 40 Fun Projects for Your Ultimate One-Of-A-Kind Wedding

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From choosing a delicious menu to assembling the guest list, hundreds of details go into planning a successful wedding. The DIY Bride helps brides put their stamp on the big day without breaking the bank. Written by the creator of the number one Web site for wedding crafts,, this fun, easy guide showcases unique, easy-to-do craft projects that range from beaut...more
Paperback, 218 pages
Published December 1st 2007 by Taunton Press
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The most important lesson I learned from this book is that I am incredibly crafty-impaired, and should rely on my friends and relatives for all decoration-related activities. (Also, seriously? A "Best Dog" collar?)
Jun 30, 2011 Lana. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: The hip and crafty bride with a bit of creativity and a bit more time
Recommended to Lana. by: Catherine
Shelves: diy, wedding
Some very innovative and quirky projects for even the novice crafter. Slightly higher-end style options than those found in "The DIY Bride Crafty Countdown" (e.g. Couture silk Pocketfold Invitation, Bamboo Centerpiece) while still keeping a fun and hip esthetic (e.g. The Viewfinder Save-the-Date Card). Definitely a good jump start to inspire the crafty.

- Stylish, fun, useful, and thoughtful projects that look good and can easily be customised
- Includes projects for invites, thank you note...more
I recently got engaged and am hoping to pull off a backyard wedding in October 2011. I’ll definitely be using The DIY Bride and The DIY Bride Crafty Countdown by Khris Cochran for inspiration. Each book contains “40 fun projects for your ultimate one-of-a-kind wedding.” From save-the-dates, invitations and thank you notes to jewelry, accessories and wedding favors, there are so many neat details that you can create yourself to make a wedding really special. I am a firm believer that events, cele...more
while I wouldn't say all 40 projects are useful, enough of them were, and while not all of them were my style/taste either, I know that more DIY-ers are kitschy and shabby chic and this would resound more highly with them. what I liked was the ideas it spawned in my head, and the basic principles of - make it because you like it and do what you want. Don't spend a fortune if you don't have to, and it's easily done by you, your love, your friends, or fam, and all combinations therein. Can't wait...more
Apr 13, 2009 Sherry rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: crafty brides
Shelves: wedding, own-it
Terrific for any bride thinking of making her decorations, invitations, favors, etc. herself. Every project has a price break down showing the difference you will save doing-it-yourself. In contrast to most DIY bridal craft books, nothing here is too country, hokey, or cheap looking. Everything is chic and stylish, and the directions are clear. My only criticism is that the projects aren't categorized according to difficulty - some are super easy, and some would require some serious crafty know-...more
borrow rather than buy

Modern ideas with great photos and illustrations. I like the cost comparison of store bought vs. DIY included with each craft. Read it for the DIY invitations and the ceremony and reception decor, skip the jewelry crafts.

Stand out projects:
Rhinestine Monogram Cake Topper
Embellished "BEST DOG" collar
Personalized Aisle Runner
Ceremony Canopy (chuppah)
Decoupage Flower Girl Bucket

*I would have liked to see some DIY wedding card box.

Jun 10, 2010 Cicily rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
This book contains some pretty cute ideas, but there's only one that I'm seriously considering using. I know this isn't very old, but I think they should do an updated version of this book with more feasible ideas. There are many other clever wedding projects that DIY brides can do. There were too many Save-The-Dates in this book and not enough ideas for DIY centerpieces, hair fascinators, wedding favors, etc. in my opinion.
I borrowed this book from the library to find ideas for my wedding. Since I was getting married in 30 days, I didn't have a lot of time, but I wanted to see if there was anything I could or would make myself. Most of the projects were cute, but I didn't have the time to do them myself before my wedding day.

It's definitely worth checking out, especially if you're a DIY kind of bride-to-be.
Sure, Pinterest wasn't around when this book was published, but even if you take that into consideration, this book is still a poor choice for DIY wedding projects. The crafts are tacky, just like the craft glue that unites them together. Gone are the days of adhering a paper daisy to a watering can for the flower girl. If you're planning a DIY wedding, skip this book and head to Pinterest.
For as crafty as I'm NOT, this is a nice little reference guide.

And, no, I'm already happily married (and have been for some time now) ... I'm just the matron-of-honor for a friend and am WRACKING my BRAIN for any cute (INEXPENSIVE) ideas for favors and decor for the bridal shower.
I skimmed through this book and only found a few things that provoked my interest to actually read them. This is more for people who want to do the traditional wedding, but "DIY" it up. Not bad, just not what I was looking for.
Although I wouldn't do every project Khris suggests, I definitely think there are some nice tips and tricks and inspirations that anyone could take an apply to their own wedding.
Kate Davis
The chuppah instructions were helpful, and I'm looking forward to trying Cochran's use of google maps to print direction cards. Everything is very clearly illustrated!
Jul 28, 2011 Sarah added it
Shelves: nonfiction, crafts
A great book of projects. While there are only two in here that I will probably do, it gives a wide variety that are simple and fun.
This book has good, practical, easy projects to do that don't seem hard or stressful. Two key things in wedding planning.
Definitely some stuff in here I'll use...even if I switch it up some and not EXACTLY what was in the book :)
A few fun projects that I might do, but mostly too kitschy for my taste!
The crafts are great; the writing is twee.
some of these crafts are cute. Others, not.
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