The Bride Diaries. Chantelle’s DIY Projects

Well hello there! It’s been a while since I’ve got a blog post together; so much had already been planned for a long time there didn’t seem to be enough of substance to pop into a blog post that would be interesting enough, but now really is the time!

Not only have we gone past the one year mark but we have just gone past the 6 month mark, which means things are REALLY gearing up!

So let’s start as far back as I can remember – back to the one year mark.


Tipi Planning


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We made a trip to our reception venue to start mapping out the tipi locations. It was a beautiful summer’s day and we were able to get a good idea of where the tipi’s would go – a different location to where we had imagined owing to a change in the layout at the site but workable all the same. Our Best Man and Best Woman joined us for the occasion of looking at options, as well as then finding a dress for the Best Woman at Lakeside later that afternoon.


Festive Fun


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Next comes the Christmas just gone, which marked two years since our engagement, and I spent it appropriately in my ‘Last Christmas as a Miss’ jumper that I’ve since spent many a weekend crafting away in! Christmas was particularly important because of the Christmas SALES. Both my Etsy and baskets and favourites were ready for me to take advantage of any discounted items and boy did I get myself together for this occasion.

Boxing Day onwards was full of bargain hunting and discounts.



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I managed to grab myself 20% off a wedding handbag (Candyfloss Pink with gold lettering, from the wonderful Threaded by Pooja!), 15% off light up initials and flowers (Copper outline and blush flowers from The White Bulb and lastly some discounted flower garlands by Sass and Belle via ASOS that I am yet to have a specific use for but know will come in handy when some furniture and décor need just that little bit extra!

Christmas is also a great time for me as it’s the Christmas holidays so plenty of time to start making, and I’ve yet to stop doing something each weekend. With the majority of things organised, our budget is left to the little details. For a festival feel, we wanted lots of put together bits so projects have begun (George is on cups and stickers!).


DIY Projects


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Many a chalkboard making has continued including signs for cocktails, bell tents and table numbers all in keeping with a bright and flowery theme.


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I’ve also been getting ahead of Primark early doors to get bundles of 90p flip flops in nude and soft gold that will sit perfectly next to the dance floor for when guests feet just can’t take heels no longer.

My current project is cardboard hearts on sticks. Requiring a large heart hole punch, wooden sticks (20cm and 30cm lengths) and an endless amount of sticky dots, I am on my way to making at least 200 of these cute little hearts, coloured to our pink and gold theme, to dot around the site near hay bales, oil drums and bell tents!


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Competition Winners


Last but not least for this time around is something that surprised even us! Some time at the end of last year I entered yet another competition. This was being run by Juicy Luicy Designs and was to feature as a drawing on one of their couple’s calendars for this year. And we were chosen for the month of October. Having submitted a photo from the engagement shoot we were transformed into a cheeky little couple dancing in the rain!


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There’s lots more to come, and just too much to share right now, but more will follow regarding place names, invites, footwear and hen dos before long!


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