DIY wedding centerpieces

Bride to Be Guest Blogger: Our DIY Wedding Centerpieces


Our guest blogger Carolyn is back again, taking her DIY frame serving trays and making them into their final, wedding centerpieces. They came out SO SO good, incorporating both her DIY project and the floral stylings of EightTreetStreet. Check it all out below:

DIY Wedding Centerpieces | By: Carolyn Thomb

For Jon & I’s wedding I knew I didn’t want a cookie-cutter setting for the reception and that for the most part I wanted a different centerpiece for each table. I thought this would add to the over-all feel of the wedding that I was going for, slightly eclectic and vintage-y with some modern pieces added.


So with this in mind I got together with Maribel, of EightTreeStreet and our floral stylist, to come up with some great centerpiece options created with some of the pieces I have collected or made for the wedding. It was such a fun day and she truly amazes me everytime I work with her because of how effortless it is for her to grab some flowers and create a beautiful masterpiece.

This is the formula a created for us to stick to as a guideline for us as well as any other brides looking to do this without help.

Step 1. Use a Tray (like our DIY Frame Serving Tray tutorial) or just a piece of tile, which can be bought from Home Depot for a fairly low price.

DIY wedding centerpieces

Step 2. Use any of the following (choose 1-3) items:

  • large vase
  • candle stick
  • votive glass
  • wine glass
  • small jar
  • tumbler
  • mason jar, etc…


Step 3. Use any of the following (choose 1-3)

  • tall tapered candle
  • flowers
  • crystals
  • tea lights
  • greenery


Add them together and you get a simple, but beautiful DIY centerpiece for Reception or Cocktail Hour


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Capitol Wedding: Allie & Marko’s Colorful, DIY Farm Wedding in Virginia

A couple months ago I received an inquiry for day-of coordination from a friend of a friend. The bride to be outlined her “rustic, casual, heavy-DIY” farm wedding in Virginia and I nearly cried as I read the date – a date I was already attending a friend’s wedding on.

Fortunately Allie remained a fan of our blog and the minute she had her wedding pictures (and all the DIY details) in hand, she rushed to submit it to us! I cannot WAIT to share this one with you guys, between the super rad farm venue and the bright & colorful details, this wedding was a TRUE DIY wedding – and Allie & Marko have a TON of details (and tips!) to share on how our readers can do this for their own wedding!

A special thanks to Bryan Johns Photography for sharing his images!

Allie & Marko’s Colorful, DIY Farm Wedding in Charlottesville Virginia

bright colorful handmade DIY small budget casual Virginia farm wedding


Photographer: Bryan Johns Photography | Venue: Montfair Resort Farm| Bridesmaids Dresses: Modcloth | Cake: Albemarle Baking Company | Catering: BBQ Connection LLC

About the couple:

We met through mutual friends, moved in together 10 months later, and adopted our dog (our love and light!) shortly after that. We were comfortable with our relationship as it was, but it wasn’t until a little after the 4-year mark that we began to openly discuss where we were going as a couple.

We’ve nurtured our communication to become really strong in the sense that we understand how important it is for us to always feel we can communicate to one another freely and openly in order to understand, grow, and love fully.

Ali & Marko's Wedding-1

Why & how they decided to get married (I really love this story!!):

We talked hypothetically about alternatives to our relationship, one of which was breaking up. For some people, it may be unromantic or insensitive, but for us, its really helpful to understand each other deeply and respectfully by communicating this way. The mere conversation of us talking about a hypothetical break up mutually freaked us both out, something we quickly realized after the idea really sunk in and we couldn’t help but tearfully laugh at our agreeing responses.

It was then that we understood in ourselves and each other that we not only had no desire to be apart, but that we had this new-found appreciation for our union . We then wanted to cement this awesome love and friendship in an even deeper and more meaningful way than before.

short casual lace wedding dress farm

^ WHAT?! I am in LOVE with Allie’s casual, short wedding dress – it was actually re-designed from her mom’s wedding dress…LOVE LOVE LOVE!

DIY wedding makeup

On their wedding theme, details & plans:

When we started wedding planning, we immediately knew we wanted to do things differently. This wasn’t just for the sake of being different, but for the sake of highlighting the true purpose and meaning of a wedding, something we find becomes overshadowed by the glitz, glamor, and “necessities” couples think they need in order to have a successful wedding. As the bride, I was really excited to create a lot of the decorations myself to make them more sentimental (and more budget friendly).

bright colorful wedding hairpiece


There were many times when making decisions throughout the wedding planning process that we reflected on our values and compared them to our gut feeling, and a lot of the time, venues/officiants/caterers/ideas just simply didn’t feel right… so we didn’t go with them.

It’s so important to understand what you two want, and not necessarily what others think you should have or do.

The best thing we did through out our whole wedding planning process was sticking to our true selves and always remembering why we were doing this is in the first place.

bright colorful handmade DIY small budget casual Virginia farm wedding

What’s not to love about a groom in khakis, suspenders, and a billyball boutonniere?

hipster groomsmen casual

On their wedding venue selection:

Marko and I are both from DC but we chose the venue because it’s a rustic, casual, and appropriately priced location for the kind of wedding we’ve always envisioned having. It’s called Montfair Resort Farm and is nothing short of a DIY/Rustic/Vintage Bride’s dream location!

Its a family owned campground and was the only venue we found that allowed the flexibility a true DIY bride really needs, making the (quite scenic) drive completely worth it.

bright colorful handmade DIY small budget casual Virginia farm wedding

Click inside for SO MUCH MORE from this awesome, DIY Virginia farm wedding ~ including some gorgeous DIY centerpieces & decorations!

Capitol Wedding: Elizabeth & Trevor’s Rustic Meets Elegance, Maryland Wedding

Happy Thursday! Today we have an elegant Maryland wedding to share, courtesy of Voula Trip Photography [submitted via Two Bright Lights]. Elizabeth & Trevor decided to infuse their love of nature into their wedding day, so they worked in a TON of bright green colors and used natural flowers and stones throughout their wedding decor.

Their laid-back wedding had a rustic feel, with yard games at the reception, but the overall look still maintained an excellent sense of elegance. Liz & Trevor personalized their wedding, every place they could, and it completely shows in this fun, modern Maryland wedding feature!

 Elizabeth & Trevor’s Rustic & Elegant Maryland Wedding at Woodlawn Manor


Hair Stylist:  Salon H2O
Floral Designer:  B Floral by Shelly Bagdasian
Reception Venue:  Woodlawn Manor
Dress Store:  I Do I Do Wedding Gowns
Tuxedo and Mens Attire:  Joseph a banks
Our proposal story

In August 2011 we had been dating for about 7 years. We were on vacation with my family at our favorite place, my family’s cabins on lake Memphremagog in Quebec. When we talked about marriage in the past I had always told him that I did not need an engagement ring, so I was extremely surprised when he gave it to me one evening while we watched the sunset over the lake from the deck of our cabin. The ring turned out to be perfect for me because it was a beautiful conflict free, fair trade solitaire. My whole family was surprised and elated when we ran to the dock to share it with them. It was a great evening.

I came up with the colors and overall scheme the night we got engaged. We were in our favorite place and I was inspired by the colors around us. Green has always been my favorite color and I picked the shade that matched some of the ferns and birch leaves around the cabins.

I chose gray because I loved how the birch leaves looked against the gray trunks and how the moss looked on the gray rocks around the lake.

Click inside for the rest of this gorgeous, modern Maryland wedding ~ including some amazing stone & green centerpieces and lawn games at the reception!

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