Wedding DIY-ers

Tips from real-life brides who planned and executed the big and small details of their dream wedding.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionAmanda Hebert covered inexpensive chair cushions for her guests to sit on at the couple's cliff-top ceremony.

All About

The Couple: Amanda and Jon Hebert
The Location: Chimney Rock Park, Chimney Rock, N.C.

Amanda's Story: "We wanted our wedding to reflect our personalities as much as possible. My husband is a graphic artist/web designer and I am a geologist. We love the mountains; we are creative, and we love things that are non-traditional. We took all of those aspects and designed our wedding around them. Our wedding took place on the top of a solid rock cliff. There was no room for chairs and the terrain was uneven. I decided to take advantage of the natural landscape by making the rocks themselves the seating area. I scoured garage sales for inexpensive chair cushions. I created covers for them and made bows that matched my wedding colors to tie the end of the cushions shut. Comfortable and stylish, they were a big hit!"

Her Tips:

Be confident that you can do it yourself: "I single handedly made all the decorations for the wedding and reception, as well as my headpiece, all the bouquets and boutonnieres, and the cushions for everyone to sit on during the ceremony. I had no previous experience, but I decided to attempt it anyway. There is a wealth of knowledge on the internet for making your own wedding decorations. It's so much easier than you think!"

Keep it simple: "Otherwise, you will overwhelm yourself with things that other people will never notice anyway. My husband put it a perfectly when he said 'Do you remember the colors from that wedding we attended two weeks ago?' I thought about it for a few moments and answered, 'No, I don't.' He said, 'Well, no one is going to remember the tiny details of ours either. So, stop stressing out about the little things and focus on the overall mood or environment that you want to get across.' Just one of the many reasons I married him!"

Organization is crucial: "Because no matter how organized you are, something will go awry. I had list after list for myself and I emailed lists of duties to each person involved in the planning. We still left some of the crucial items at our cabin. However, the thing to remember is that there is always a way to improvise. We found a few items in the park gift shop about three minutes before the wedding began that worked out perfectly."