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, DIYBride.com, this fun, easy guide showcases unique, easy-to-do craft projects that range from beautiful handmade announcements and invitations to personalized favors and much more. Khris Cochran includes valuable cost-comparison sidebars that...

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Overview

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, DIYBride.com, this fun, easy guide showcases unique, easy-to-do craft projects that range from beautiful handmade announcements and invitations to personalized favors and much more. Khris Cochran includes valuable cost-comparison sidebars that clearly detail the huge savings involved. She also shows brides how to involve their friends and families in the project-making process, making this a fun journey for all. The DIY Bride is an essential purchase for any woman who dreams of an unforgettable wedding—from the inside out.

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Editorial Reviews

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"DIY Bride is a classy, sassy, oh-so-fun crafty approach to livening up your big wedding day. Khris Cochran serves up a delectable tray of clever ideas that are frosted with style and originality and proves that having a luxurious, signature wedding doesn't mean you have to empty your bank account. Just your glue gun!" Kathy Cano-Murillo, CraftyChica.com

Khris Cochran's The DIY Bride provides inspiration and projects for save-the-date cards, invitations, jewelry and accessories, ceremony decorations, programs, favors and more. Cochran, who founded the website DIYBride.com, also provides a cost comparison to show how much a similar item would cost if purchased in a store, allowing busy couples to decide whether it would be better to buy or make certain projects. A hair ornament for a flower girl, for example, costs about $5 to make but would cost about $40 to buy. The DIY Bride provides clear instructions and suggests whether a project could be completed by the couple themselves, with the help of the wedding party or with members of the family, offering clever ideas and the potential for fun invitation-building parties with friends."—Bookpage

"Khris Cochran, founder of DIYBride.com, helps send do-it-yourselfers down the aisle on the cheap with her new, illustrated book "The DIY Bride: 40 Fun Projects for Your Ultimate One-of-a-Kind Wedding" (Taunton, $19.95). The book offers step-by-step, budget-saving craft ideas for those planning to wed. —"Dayton Daily News "(Ohio)
This book is for the bride who loves arts and crafts. It tosses out cookie-cutter wedding standards and gives creative instruction for makinginvitations, accessories, favors, programs and decor that will leave a personal stamp on your wedding. "—The Birmingham News (AL)
The moment after a woman says yes to the BIG question, she is deluged by even more questions — and all of them have to do with the wedding. Khris Cochran, founder of www.DIYbride.com and author of  The DIY Bride, has plenty of answers to brides' questions, especially brides who want a wedding that isn't like everyone else's, and one that doesn't cost a fortune. The DIY Bride is replete with cost comparison information; for example, custom-printed wedding invitations may cost as much as $2.50 each. Do-it-yourself invitations can cost as little as 35 cents. Directions for projects are detailed and well-illustrated. Tips and hints are sprinkled liberally throughout the book. An index and resource guide add to the user-friendliness of the book. "—Bangor Daily News (Maine)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561589647
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/31/2007
  • Series: Stonesong Press Books Series
  • Pages: 218
  • Sales rank: 932,008
  • Product dimensions: 9.08 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

A DIY Bride herself, Khris Cochran is the creator and founder of the award-winning DIYBride.com, one of the most popular bridal crafting websites out there today. The DIYBride website is one of the most-linked sites, with links from The Knot, Modern Bride, and Brides magazines, and hundreds of references to the site from wedding message boards. In addition to dishing out wedding expertise daily on DIYBride.com, Khris teaches craft classes in the San Francisco Bay Area. This is her first book.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
The Basics: Tools & Techniques
Proper Project Planning for the Big Day—Telling the World: Save-the-Dates, Invitations, and Thank You's, Shake It Up! Save The Date Card, The Viewfinder Save-The-Date Card, Couture Silk Pocketfold Invitation, Savvy Stamped Invitations, Customized Map Cards, Peek-A-Boo Thank You
Beautiful Bride—Elegant Jewelry & Accessories: Glamour Girl Bird Cage Veil, Vintage Necklace, Tiara, Flower Girly Girl Tiara, Ridiculously Simple Drop Earrings, Fabric Flower Brooch
Tying the Knot—Crafting Your Wonderful Wedding Ceremony: Buds and Blossoms Bridal Bag, Blessings Bouquet Charms, Herb Boutonnieres, Decoupage Flower Girl Bucket, Stephanotis Ring Pillow, Faux Metal Pew Cone, Hanging Garden Aisle Markers, Booklet Program, Personalized Program Fan, "Best Dog" Collar, Personalized Aisle Runner, Ceremony Canopy
Having a Ball—The Touches that Make the Reception: Rhinestone Monogram Cake Topper, Cupcake Tower, Crystal Drop Cake Jewelry, Standing Table Numbers, Floating Table Number Centerpiece, Cork Placecard Holders, Seating Chart, Luminaria Tree, Split Bamboo Centerpiece, Ribbon-Bound Guest Book
Giving with Style—Favors, Gifts & Goodies: Fudge Favors, Votive Candles & Matches, Bridesmaid Tote, Resin Cufflinks
Looking Back—Making Memories to Save: Time Capsule, Photo Memento Block, Keepsake Display Box
Resources
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2009

    DIY Wedding Ideas- Useful to any bride on a budget...

    This book has been very helpful to me. I have completed one project from it (the future prediction posterboard) and am currently working on two more (the flower girl bucket and ring bearer pillow). They are simple and easy on your budget. Make sure to look for items on sale at craft stores... that has also been a big help. My only issue with this book was the mention of her website. I hoped to go online and find more great ideas, but the website was not as organized as this book and it was not easy to navigate either. I prefer the book to her online ideas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2008

    Great book!

    This is a great book, I just picked it up for some ideas for my March 2009 wedding. Her ideas are so creative, and they don't look cheap. You can definitely have a beautiful, creative wedding by making so many things yourself and saving some $$ in the process. I definitely recommend this book for any creative bride-to-be that's on a beer budget but wants to have champagne anyway (and not have to pay for it) :).

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