Your big day will be much simpler and more rewarding if you can do some of the creative work yourself. You may not be able to make your own bouquet, but you can buy matching vases and arrange the table flowers for your reception. You can also make jewelry for yourself, your partner, and your wedding party.
Start with Color
If your bridesmaids will all be in the same color, visit your closest craft store with a fabric sample and check out the faux pearl strands. With a bit of stretch cord, some tinted faux pearls, and a few sparkly beads, you can make terrific matching bracelets for yourself and your bridesmaids.
Keep things simple by doing a test run. Get the clear cord, a single string of beads, and one or two strands of sparkly beads. String them together with a simple Stretch Magic cord in an alternating pattern. Knot off the cord when you have a loop big enough for the bracelet and dab it with clear nail polish to hold. For more bling, stack the bracelets until everyone has two or three. Make matching white bracelets for yourself.
Silver or Gold
Choosing the metal tone may be a challenge. If you plan to make pendant necklaces for the bridesmaids and the bride, as well as making tie tacks for your partner and their attendants, you will need to locate the right findings for all of these items.
As a general rule, silver is easier to locate than gold, but if you really want gold, keep hunting. You will need some tools to make pendants, and you may need to get gems drilled by a skilled craftsperson for the pendants.
Invest in the Right Raw Goods
Visit a get and mineral show or a gem shop to see what they offer in real gemstones. Many minerals, such as turquoise and lapis, look terrific as a single accent pendant. When polished and mounted or drilled, the necklace you make can stand alone.
Talk with local craftspeople about the best glues and adhesives to use when mounting polished gems on bracelets, necklace findings, and tie-tack bases. When working with this glue, you can keep things tidier by using an old phone book as a glue base. Many types of jewelry glue offer terrific sticking power, but drips can mean you glue the item to the table. A phone book is easier! Visit your closest craft store to see if they offer classes on jewelry making that you can take with your group of friends.
Take a Class Together
Your local craft store may be the key to a fun connection for you and your wedding party. You can get together for a private class to make the bracelets noted above and get the supplies necessary to match earrings. You can plan a trip to the local gem store and watch as your chosen items get polished and drilled so they can then be hung on pendants.
A fun online class on how to engrave acrylic with Cricut Maker could increase your ability to personalize the jewelry for the big day. For example, you can create pendants that feature the initials of you and your partner in a color to match your wedding favors. You can get your names engraved on tags to serve as dinner napkin wraps.
Flower Girl and Ring Bearer
Both your flower girl and ring bearer will need something really special for the day. Consider stringing together a necklace for your flower girl from the same stretch cord, pearls, and sparkles as the bridesmaids are wearing. You can also make her a custom barrette or hair clip from a simple finding with gemstones glued in place.
Your ring bearer can be treated to a tack pin decorated with a similar gemstone or your initials in acrylic. Make sure to keep enough gems, beads, and acrylic tags aside to affix them to the flower basket and the bearing pillow.
The fun and silliness of putting these pieces together will be part of the memories you will make this day. Do not worry about making them perfect. A lovely day filled with laughter will stick with you, and making jewelry will just add to the joy of this event.
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