Reported by Amy Anderson
When I say that Handmade Weddings by Chronicle Books is the coolest handmade wedding project guide I’ve ever seen, I mean that sincerely. It’s AMAZING. I know what so many of you are thinking: “I want a beautiful wedding, but I don’t have the bucks to do it.” Well, you don’t need as much money as you think. If you use Handmade Weddings… if you take the time for some planning… and if you get a little help from friends and family, you can have the wedding of your dreams on a budget. I’m drawn to the whole idea of an upscale crafty wedding because it’s so much more personal. I never realized that crafty could look so elegant. Here are my five favorite things about this book.
1. Weddings are organized by themes. Whether you are Retro Homespun or Modern Classic, there is a style for you in Handmade Weddings. Several of the themes appeal to me, and I’m guessing they will to you as well. Not only that, but there are many projects under each theme. This is not a small book – there’s a little something for everyone.
2. Color palettes. I love putting together colors, but then again, I also have a brightly striped sock collection. So I probably shouldn’t ever put together a wedding palette. Luckily, each theme has a color palette, and they are all gorgeous. You will not end up with burgundy and gold bridesmaids dresses to match your decor.
3. The projects are attainable. I don’t know about you, but I’m not into making 17-tier cupcake stands with a special saw and nail gun. It’s not going to happen. What will happen is painting, gluing and even a little bit of sewing. I promise that you can do everything in this book, and the instructions are clear (with drawings). There’s also a budget listed for each project.
4. The projects are unique. Were I to get married today, I wouldn’t want a cookie-cutter wedding. I like unusual and interesting things, and I think most women want their wedding to be the same. If you are interested in a wedding craft project book, then you likely want to customize. Handmade Weddings will help you go a little non-traditional.
5. The felt boutonnieres. These are so, so cute. I have a secret, which is that I’m going to make these for myself – for bags, for t-shirts, for every single piece of my wardrobe. I also love the embellishments on the pillow too. I can see so many of these projects being applicable not just for weddings, but for parties and even for everyday life.