Planning and preparing: setting a timeline and checklist, budgets, themes and colours. Spreading the word: guest list, gift list, invitations, DIY website. Venues: research and booking, outdoor weddings, transport options, DIY floral arrangements, table plans, place cards, games. Food and drink: traditional, BBQ, afternoon tea, DIY wedding cakes, cupcakes, cake decorations, DIY menu; drink options, DIY fruit punch. Bride and bridesmaids: dresses, DIY veils, tiara, hair accessories, bouquets, make-up, hair. Groom and groomsmen: suits, speech writing, DIY cufflinks, ties, boutonnieres. Photography: choosing, lists, videos, disposable cameras, DIY photo-booth, album. Ceremony: religious and civil ceremonies, laws, licences and insurance, readings, music, DIY order of service, welcome signs, ring pillow and box. Reception: music, dancing, DIY post box, guest books, favours, 'just married' car decor. Finishing touches: DIY memento box, 'thank-you' cards, gifts for family/bridesmaids.
Laura Strutt, author of the Haynes Sewing Manual, is the former Editor of Craft Business magazine, the leading trade publication. She launched Sew magazine, a monthly contemporary stitching title, in 2009 and continued as Editor until 2012, leaving to pursue freelance work. Laura has recently created her own DIY wedding full of craft projects.