5 tips for throwing the best wedding DIY party ever!

DIY party

Brian Leahy Photography

I admit it. Pinterest has lit my crafty-cooking-fashionista fire. But there’s one issue. I’m not the crafty type, so the idea of doing DIY wedding stuff definitely requires calling in the troops.

Picture this as case in point:

Not so long ago, I decided to fix the strap of one of my casual dresses. This endeavor — nay, epic journey — included:
1) Wandering through the craft aisles for an hour like I had a paper bag over my head
2) Buying iron-on Velcro to fix my strap
3) Burning through the strap and staining the iron with red dress goo.

Results! Dress falls off with any slight movement. True story.

You can see my hesitation, right?

It’s totally not my intention to go raggedy DIY for our special day so I had to organize a compelling party atmosphere to lure the true crafters to my house to create my David Tutera dreams.

And thus ensued… the best crafting party ever with my maids of honor, bridesmaids and one groomsman thrown in for good measure! You can do this too with the right elements.

1. Get your projects prepared. This takes some time if the craft store seems like a parallel universe to you. I made 4-5 trips to Joann’s and Michaels. I also suggest phoning a friend for crafting advice. I called my mom, sister and sister in law: all much more versed in the world of tulle and buttons than I. Best advice: Balance time and energy expended with cost. Is it worth wrapping tiny muslin tea bags for hours when you can buy pre done ones for less money and work?

2. Provide a new experience (and possibly adult beverages). I managed to snag an in-home wine tasting voucher at a previous bridal expo and laid out the VIP treatment. *Be mindful not to have too many adult beverages. Crafting tools may look innocent but they tend to be sharp or pointy.

3. Have plenty of food! We rolled out the honey goat cheese, fancy raspberry peach jam and gourmet crackers. My friends were awesome enough to bring extra goodies and even make chocolate covered strawberries. We ran out of chocolate quite early though (hint..buy extra chocolate, it calms down your volunteers).


4. Have your craft plan ready and let people choose. We had three tasks at hand: a heart garland made from old music books, table numbers shaped like state silhouettes, and homemade tea bag favors. My party peeps showed their skills and picked tasks they were comfortable with.

5. Finally, take lots of pictures of your hard work. Haha screw you pinterest. We had no fails!



Well no craft fails…I did learn that I am not allowed near a hot glue gun. Ever. Again. Told you I’m not crafty!! Thanks and hugs and love to my wedding party for the help. You’re not free yet though (mwahahahaha).


biopicKate Swem is a recently married lady living in Chicago. Her husband, Raja, is her blogging coach, fellow Netflixia sufferer (The Strain is now in rotation) and adventure twin. Tune in to hear about her wedding reflections and advice! You can follow her on Twitter, or read more on her and her best friend’s blog, Chi Organic Girls.