Creating DIY details for your wedding day should be a fun and rewarding experience. They should say something about you and your fiancé, enhance your theme and your guests overall experience at your event. Today’s round-up focuses on ideas that the tech-savvy bride and groom will love! Here I am sharing 10 of my favorite DIY projects that will take just a little extra know-how in the technology department. Let your tech-nerd-flag fly as you get inspired by the ides below.
1. Let’s start with the QR Code:
Short for “Quick Response Code”, this digital barcode is then scanned with a smart phone and the reader is instantly taken to a specific url. The ultimate detail for a tech-savvy bride and groom. You can create a unique QR code to share your wedding website or specific information and print it on your invitations, programs, thank you cards and more. Create yours for free at www.qr-code-generator.com.
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2. Up next, Save the Dates!
This DIY from my website SomethingTuruqoise.com actually uses Instagram. First take a photo on Instagram, next have it printed into stickers, use our free printable and assemble. Your guests then get to use the Instagram stickers to save your date on their calendar. Click here for the full tutorial.
3. After save the dates you will need to send out your invitations.
These aren’t only tech-savvy but budget savvy as well, seeing as they are FREE downloads from WeddingChicks.com! Wedding Chicks have MANY different free downloads that you can personalize right on their website, like these darling tandem bike designs below. Once they send you the files all you have to do is print them yourself, leaving tons of room for customization and embellishment to fit your wedding theme.
4. Onto the guest book.
This video style guest book idea from Kristin Newman Designs might be the absolute perfect DIY for the ultra-techy couple. Use a small handheld video camera like these Flip Video HD devices and make a sign asking your guests to film a little message for you. After the wedding you will have what’s sure to be a hilarious and heartwarming reel of love from your guests!
5. My personal favorite, favors!
Remember like 15 years ago when personalized CD favors where the “it” thing? As time went on and technology advanced, the CD got tossed aside since we can stream music and listen to it from our phones. But I think there is a retro-sweetness about making a mix CD, mix tapes would be even better but some of you youngins might not even know how we did that back in the day, lol. Treat your guests and compile a mix of your favorite songs as a couple or maybe even some of the songs you will play at your wedding.
6. Next up, decor!
Create your own vibrant marquee letters with this killer DIY from Smitten on Paper! You’ll need paper mache letters, globe lights and a drill to make this letter illuminate. An awesome way to brighten up your decor! Click here to find the step by step instructions.
7. Be your own DJ
If you are thinking about using your iPod and computer to DJ your wedding, you MUST read this article from A Practical Wedding. Awesome tips and information that you will need to carry off this huge task without a hitch. Party on tech-savvy brides and grooms!
8. Make your own photo booth!
This is a great idea for the photog-loving couple! Construct your own back drop (search Pinterest for ideas), provide fun props, and check the lighting to see if it’s right. Provide a camera like the picture below, use an Instax camera that spits out polaroids, or encourage your guests to use their own cameras. Make sure to measure the space you will need for the photo booth area, set it up at home to try it out and make sure your venue has a plug if you need one!
9. Let them eat cake!
If you are the hardcore DIY type, you might already have the Cricut Explore. If you don’t, you need one so that you can make amazing things like this awesome cake topper from Lia Griffith. Download her free design, import it to your Cricut account and cut with your machine – it’s that simple. Once you have a Cricut you will realize what a money saver it is since you can make an endless amount of personalized wedding goodies! Click here to view her full tutorial.
10. Last but certainly not least, use the Wedding Party!
It’s the best way to collect all your wedding photos from guests and keep everyone in the loop and up-to-date with all your wedding details. The best part is – it’s private! Unlike a hashtag… your custom app can be accessed only by those that have your information. Get started today. Be sure to make a cute sign like the one below or something similar to educate your guests on how easy it is to use the app.
Jen Carreiro is the turquoise crazed, master crafter and editor behind SomethingTurquoise.com, a creative wedding blog that truly embraces the DIY bride. Known for her detailed wedding DIY tutorials, Jen is hoping to rid the wedding crafting world of the term ‘craft fail’, and hopes to share techniques that will ensure ‘craft wins’ for you every single time. Follow her and her trail of turquoise into wedding crafting heaven. You can find her on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.