Monday, September 14, 2009

The DIY Bride: 40 Fun Projects for Your Ultimate One-of-a-Kind Wedding (Paperback)

Price: $13.57

Product Description
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,, 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.

Editorial Reviews

"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,

Khris Cochran’s The DIY Bride: 40 Fun Projects for Your Ultimate One-of-a-Kind Wedding
provides inspiration and projects for save-the-date cards, invitations, jewelry and accessories, ceremony decorations, programs, favors and more. Cochran, who founded the website, 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, 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 making invitations, 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 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)

Creating the Perfect Layout For DIY Wedding Invitations

By Nicola Ray

Preparing for your wedding is one of life's most amazing experiences and a DIY wedding invitation is a lovely addition to the details that will provide your guests with something to admire and treasure. By "Designing It Yourself" or DIY, you can save money and still achieve the finished look that you want. DIY wedding invitations present a great opportunity for you to unleash your creativity, so follow these tips for creating the perfect DIY wedding invitations:

1. Research it. With a few simple searches you'll find stunning designs from which you can take inspiration. Professional designers lead the way with their letterpress stationery, so find out what others are doing and how you can incorporate their ideas in your DIY wedding stationery.

2. One of the key aspects of good design is balance, or how objects are positioned relative to each other. For DIY wedding invitations, decide if you want the object or text to be very evenly distributed or more loosely arranged on the page. Whichever style you choose, you can ensure that your DIY wedding invitations are appealing by using multiple elements (such as lace or ribbons) - these will provide depth and texture to your invites.

3. Like professionally designed wedding invitations, your DIY invitations can benefit from having an "anchor" object or focal point on the invitation. One very popular technique is to create a border or frame around an anchor object, like a picture of the happy couple that is partially centered on the page. Having this type of attention grabbing framed object just off-center will give your DIY wedding invitations a more polished look.

4. Use colors that compliment each other and are not too hard on the eyes. Using different hues in the same color family can help keep your DIY wedding invitations from looking too "busy" with color. You may also want to experiment with printing on colored paper, as some color schemes will look better than others. Also, select fonts that will compliment your text, are appropriate for the occasion, and are easy to read. You'll want your guests to be able to decipher the details at first glance.

Your DIY wedding invitations can be exquisite and personal. Just take care not too over-design them. Follow the tips here and you'll create wedding invitations that will be cherished by you and your guests for a lifetime.

Nicola Ray has been developing ideas for do it yourself wedding invitations for over two years. Her site, Wedding Invitation Ideas, has plenty of design ideas, tips and advice for brides creating their own wedding invitations. There are also free printable wedding invitations, free templates for inserts and lots of inspiration. It's a must see for any DIY bride, so visit Wedding Invitation Ideas now.

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DIY Wedding Invitations Tutorial on Youtube

DIY Wedding Invitations
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Make your own wedding invitations using this simple technique.