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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 22:04

Who We Are


This is DIYwedding.org

DIYWedding.org is an online source for all sorts of DIY wedding ideas, inspiration and wedding tips for modern brides all over the world who wish to personalize their wedding day and make it uniquely theirs. We focus and source our wedding inspiration from professional vendors in the wedding industry, from experienced & creative DIY brides and from DIY talented people throughout the web. Our goal is to continuously stimulate creativity and help brides personalize their dream wedding with help from professionals and through their own DIY projects & inputs.

DIY wedding in brief:
Our average members and readers are 28 years old, where 96% are brides who will marry in the coming 18 months, approximately 2% are working in the wedding industry and 1% is Maidens of honour or parents of the bride or groom. We currently get 25.000 visitors and 130.000 pages views per month. DIYWedding.org is growing quickly and is now averaging over 20% monthly growth rates.

The website was launched in 2009 with the goal to become a recognized website for DIY wedding ideas and inspiration. Already in 2010 we proudly achieved high search rankings for the search term DIY wedding in Google.com, Google.ca and Google.co.uk. As a result of our ever increasing content and our continual strive to cover all aspects of DIY weddings we can now proudly welcome new members to our site every hour of every day. Since launching our visitor numbers and page views has followed a steady increase and we will continue to expand and welcome many more new DIYWedding.org members. And we can’t wait!

Founders of DIYwedding.org

Yes, we are married and started DIYWedding.org together!
The DIYwedding.org website idea came to life when we found ourselves in the situation of having only 3 months to arrange, organize and personalize our own wedding. Using the internet extensively for our wedding research we found that a lot of the information out there was based on long-term planning and ready-made wedding solutions. As we had neither time nor wanted a “standard wedding” we decided to dive head first into our wedding planning adventure.

Our vision for our wedding was to make it as personal & as “uniquely us” as possible and to celebrate our international backgrounds at the same time. Richard is from Australia (yes, DIYWedding.org’s own Crocodile Dundee!) while Mette is from Denmark in Scandinavia (and our families and friends… they live in almost every part of the world!).

Our first DIY wedding challenge came when we wanted to send out a wedding invitation which would convey a personal story about us. This was very important to us as many of our friends and family members who were to receive our wedding invitation had only met one of us. Our wedding invitation would be our personal introduction and their first impression! We came up with a fantastic solution (which was still commented on long after the wedding) and it was from here all our wedding planning and DIY wedding ideas really started to take shape.

After countless DIY projects ranging from our invitation design, hand painted welcome signs, DIY menus, flower decorations etc., we decided to publish our DIY wedding experiences online. With a background of running our own web design company it was a natural path for us to create www.DIYWedding.org. With Mette being a passionate crafter and talented photographer and Richard being super creative with web design & coding our online DIY wedding adventure formed and is still growing each and every day!

Wednesday, 06 December 2017 22:00

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 05:32

Media Page

 

DIYwedding.org In the Media
DIYwedding.org is often asked to share our some of DIY wedding knowledge with various wonderful wedding publications worldwide. We consider it an honor and therefore commit some time to write DIY wedding articles, projects, tips & advice for various wedding magazines, books, news websites and blogs. We love contributing and on this page we are sharing some our most recent published articles and DIY wedding features.


Our Feature In Unique Bride Magazine No. 3
UK Wedding Magazine - Unique Bride Magazine  No. 3 - September 2012 - October 2012

Published Projects: DIY Table Number Idea

 

Our Feature In Unique Bride Magazine No. 2
UK Wedding Magazine - Unique Bride Magazine  No. 2 - July 2012 - August 2012

Published Projects: DIY Boutonnières

 

Feature In Unique Bride Magazine No.1
UK Wedding Magazine - Unique Bride Magazine  No. 1 - May 2012 - June 2012

Published Projects: DIY Paper Bunting Flags

 


DIY wedding feature in French Mariée Wedding Magazine
French Mariée Magazine No. 83 - December 2011 - february 2012

Published Ideas & Projects: Create Ambience With Old Wood & Paint, DIY Cupcake Toppers, DIY Escort Cards & Envelopes, Pin-Up Your DIY Escort Cards

 
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 03:21

Tea Wedding Favors with Teapot Poetry

Teatime Favors with a touch of poetry.

Here is another inexpensive idea for a favour. Leaf tea can make a wonderful little favor for your guests and won’t cost you very much. You can make your own paper bags or buy some that are premade. The decoration of the bags is the key and there are plenty of ways to do it.

For example, adorn the bags with a colorful label or stamp and perhaps add an extra touch to your tea favour by writing one of the many tea proverb on the bags. There are so many gorgeous quotes, proverbs and quite a bit of tea poetry to choose from.

See the examples below.

 

Tea Poetry
"If you are cold, tea will warm you;
If you are too heated, it will cool you;
If you are depressed, it will cheer you;
If you are exhausted, it will calm you."
-William Gladstone

"Tea, heavens delight, and nature's truest wealth, that pleasing physic, and pledge of health; the statesman's counselor, the Virgin's love, The muse's nectar, the drink of love."
-A Poem Upon Tea, Peter Antoine Motteux 1712

Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time the comforts of solitude and the pleasures of company.
~Author Unknown

Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage.
~Catherine Douzel

Bread and water can so easily be toast and tea.
~Author Unknown

Tea is a cup of life.
~Author Unknown

Tea is liquid wisdom.
~Author Unknown

Great love affairs start with Champagne and end with tisane.
~Honoré de Balzac

Wednesday, 06 December 2017 03:18

DIY Wedding Honeysweet Favors

I have seen quite a few “honey wedding favors” - and for a summer wedding it’s a golden and tasty idea. Honey favors can be as expensive or inexpensive as you would like.

Depending on they honey you use, the jars you buy or reuse and offcourse the size of the jars. And to add good to great you can add your own personal touch by decorating the jars with labels, ribbons, decorative fabric lid covers etc. You can also take it a step further by giving your guests a honey stirrer too.

This is my version of small, delectable honey favors.

I took some small jars which I had saved, washed and removed the old labels from.
I filled the jars with my favourite honey and designed some stickers on my computer.
I stuck a rectangular sticker on the side of each jar and covered the lid with some beautiful fabric.
The small stickers and the fabric look brilliant and adds a charming and personal touch.

Good To Know:

When making fabric covers, you need to cut the fabric double size of your lids measurement. I.e. if your lids measure 2 inches across (in diameter) then your fabric covers should measure approximately 4 inches across.

Tuesday, 05 December 2017 23:50

Candy Coated Almond Wedding Favors

Tuesday, 05 December 2017 23:48

DIY Chocolate Favors Brandy Infused

This wonderful recipe is so easy. The brandy goes exceptionally well with the soft marzipan and chocolate and your guests will be amazed that you did it yourself. Instead of brandy you can use several types of liqueurs as well; Cointreau or Grand Marnier for example are both very suitable. If you make several kinds of chocolates you can name your "DIY Chocolate Assortment" after yourself. “Mr. & Mrs. .....’s Homemade Chocolate Assortment”

This recipe is so easy and straight forward and here is how you do it:

Makes 50 pieces depending on the size you prefer.

Ingredients
17 oz Marzipan
2 tablespoons brandy
Dark chocolate or milk chocolate to coat

Almonds slivers to decorate


Tools
1 Small pot
1 Bowl to melt the chocolate in
1 Fork
Flat trays
Plastic bags

Mix marzipan and brandy well with your fingers. Add Brandy to taste but be careful not to make the mixture too wet.

Prepare a flat tray lined with a piece of plastic. A freezer bag is perfect for this purpose.

Melting chocolate
Fill a small pot a 1/3 full with water. Place a larger bowl on top of it. Its best if the bowl covers the pot completely so the water underneath can’t get into the bowl. Break 3/4 of the chocolate into small pieces and place them in the bowl. Warm up the water to approximately 140°F – keep the water temperature just below simmering point. As the chocolate starts to melt stir carefully. When the chocolate is completely melted take the bowl away from the pot and add the rest of the chocolate. Stir carefully until all the chocolate is completely melted. Now the chocolate is ready to use.

Important: Don’t let your chocolate get into contact with the water or the steam from the hot water. If this happens your chocolate will become grainy, hard and won’t melt. This will make it unusable.

Chocolate melting tips
Its important you are careful when you melt your chocolate. If it’s too hot the chocolate may burn and actually white chocolate may become lumpy.

Shape approximately 50 small balls out of the marzipan mixture and dip them, one by one, in the melted chocolate and place them on the tray. Decorate with almond slivers (or other nuts if you prefer) while the chocolate coat is still wet. Leave the chocolates to dry.

DIY Chocolate tip
Use a fork as a scoop when dipping your marzipan balls in the chocolate. It’s a great idea to bend the two middle prongs on your fork backwards so you only have two prongs left on each side of the fork. Place the marzipan balls on the two prongs left and dip it in the chocolate. This way the chocolate drips off much better.

The shelf life of ready made chocolates is about a month

Tuesday, 05 December 2017 23:18

DIY Chocolate Favors Bailey's Balls

Here is a unique mix which was incredibly popular with our guest. The combination of marzipan and Bailey's Irish Cream is beautifully soft and delicately creamy. Simply follow the instructions below for this decadent treat.

Makes 15-25 pieces depending on the size you prefer.

Ingredients
7 ounces Marzipan
¼ cup Baileys Irish Cream
Dark chocolate to coat
Nesquik chocolate powder


Tools
1 Small pot
1 Bowl to melt the chocolate in
1 Fork
Flat trays
Plastic bags

How to
Thoroughly mix marzipan and Bailey’s liquor with your fingers. Add Baileys to taste but be careful not to make the mixture too wet.

Prepare a flat tray lined with a piece of plastic. A freezer bag is perfect for this purpose.

Make small balls out of the mixture, dip them in the melted dark chocolate using a fork and place them on the plastic lined tray. While the dark chocolate coat is still moist you roll the balls in Nesquik chocolate powder. When the chocolate coat is completely dry the DIY wedding favors are ready.

The shelf life of ready made chocolates is about a month

Chocolate melting tips
It’s important you are careful when you melt your chocolate. If it’s too hot the chocolate may burn and actually white chocolate may become lumpy.

For more chocolate melting please see “DIY Chocolate Favors – Gin & Orange Balls"

Tuesday, 05 December 2017 23:15

DIY Chocolate Favors Gin and Orange Balls

Chocolates are a great choice for a decadent little treat for your guests. It’s not particularly difficult to make homemade chocolate when you get a little guidance but it does take some time. It’s a great idea to get some practice before you begin making your favors so you get an idea of time needed for the project and which flavors you prefer. Start making your DIY wedding favors a couple of weeks before your wedding day. The chocolate you make will keep well in the fridge. DIYWedding.org has put a few different recipes together that are quite easy, looks beautiful and taste delicious too! Simply follow the instructions below and adjust the intensity of the flavors to your liking as you go

Gin & Orange Marzipan Balls covered in white & dark chocolate
This combination is absolutely gorgeous. Not everybody likes the taste of Gin but the Gin-infused marzipan mixed with the orange juice and grated peel is absolutely delicious. Try it out and adjust the intensity of the gin to your liking.

Makes 15-25 pieces depending on the size you prefer.

Ingredients
7 oz Marzipan
1 tablespoon Gin
Juice from ¼ Orange
Grated orange peel to taste
White chocolate
Dark chocolate

Tools
1 Small pot
1 Bowl to melt the chocolate in
Grater
1 Fork
Flat trays
Plastic bags

How to
Mix the marzipan with gin and orange juice (don’t make the mixture too wet).
Roll small balls out of the mixture and place them in the fridge for 1 hour or til the marzipan ball have cooled off.

Prepare a flat tray lined with a piece of plastic. A freezer bag is perfect for this purpose. Dip your marzipan balls one at the time in the melted white chocolate. Each ball needs to be dipped twice allowing drying in between each dip.

Great DIY tip
When you dip your marzipan in the chocolate you simply drop in one ball at the time and scoop it up again using a fork. A good trick is to bend the two middle prongs on your fork backwards so the chocolate drips off easier.

How to decorate
The possibilities are endless when it comes to decorating the chocolate. Perhaps decorate the chocolate coated marzipan balls with small pieces of orange peel. The chocolate coat has to be wet when you do this so the orange peel sticks properly.
Or decorate with dark chocolate as shown on the picture. The white chocolate has to be dry when you do this. When I decorated the chocolates on the photo I made up a small cone out of baking paper, filled it with melted dark chocolate, cut the tip off and squeezed out the chocolate in thin lines and waited for it to dry.

Chocolate melting tips
Its important you are careful when you melt your chocolate. If it’s too hot the chocolate may burn and in fact white chocolate may become lumpy.

Melt over water
Fill a small pot a 1/3 full with water. Place a larger bowl on top of it. Its best if the bowl covers the pot completely so the water underneath can’t get into the bowl. Break 3/4 of your chocolate into small pieces and place them in the bowl. Warm up your water to approximately 140°F. Keep the water temperature just below simmering point. As the chocolate starts to melt stir carefully. When the chocolate is completely melted take the bowl away from the pot and add the rest of the chocolate. Stir carefully until all the chocolate is completely melted. Now the chocolate is ready to use.

Important; Don’t let the chocolate get into contact with the water or the steam from the hot water. If this happens the chocolate will become grainy, hard and won’t melt. This will make it unusable.

Melt in microwave
This method is somewhat easier but it is harder to control the heat. Place your chocolate in a microwave proof bowl. Melt your chocolate at about 700W for ½ to 1 minute depending on how much chocolate you are melting at a time. Stir ever so often to make sure you are not overheating your chocolate.

More chocolate melting tips
The best result is achieved by working with a minimum of 17 oz melted chocolate. Then you have a good deal to dip in and it won’t cool off so fast while you work. If you have any chocolate left over, you can let it cool down and store it in an airtight container for the next time. The shelf life is approximately one year.

When coating marzipan or cakes with chocolate the chocolate will harden well at 59-68°F. Perhaps place your chocolates/cakes next to an open window, giving it a slight breeze which will harden the chocolate quickly.

The shelf life of ready made chocolates is about a month so you can begin this project weeks before your wedding day.

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