Posts Tagged ‘DIY Wedding Ideas’

Read Now: “The Handcrafted Wedding”

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

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Obsessed with all things handmade these days? So am I. So when I recently received a copy of Emma Arendoski’s “The Handcrafted Wedding,” I was excited to take a peek inside. The book is chock-full of beautifully illustrated ideas, tips and DIY steps to create your own handmade wedding.

“The Handcrafted Wedding” puts a unique, handmade spin on all the essential wedding planning highpoints, including choosing a wedding theme, creating handmade save the dates and wedding invites, selecting the bride and groom’s wedding attire, choosing the wedding party’s attire and gifts, ceremony and reception ideas, guest book inspiration, unique food and drink plans, and handmade wedding favors for guests.

The book also includes step-by-step instructions and photos depicting several, easy-to-replicate DIY wedding projects, such as making a floral bridal headband, fashioning a garden boutonniere, creating a handmade ring bearer pillow, making handcrafted place cards and wedding favors, creating monogram décor pieces, and making your own cake stand.

Some of my favorite handmade ideas for grooms and groomsmen mentioned in Arendoski’s book include having wedding guests sign a kayak oar in place of a guest book for outdoors lovers, sewing a secret message to the groom on the back of his tie or inside his suit, hiring a cigar roller to entertain groomsmen and male guests, and setting up a martini bar for the guys to enjoy during the reception.

“The Handcrafted Wedding” not only offers more than 300 different handmade wedding ideas, but inspires readers to put their own unique spin on the big day. Take a look at it today to inspire your own personalized handcrafted wedding.

Learn more about Emma here.
Purchase “The Handcrafted Wedding” here.

Do your wedding plans include any DIY or handmade projects? Tell us about it in the comment section below.

Weddingmix: Capture the Moments That Matter

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Congratulations to our reader, Javier, who won our recent WeddingMix wedding video giveaway.  Check out his heartfelt video describing what he is most looking forward to about getting married.

As we’ve said in the past, WeddingMix is an awesome way to capture all the moments from your wedding that you really want to remember. We’re talking about the fun, crazy and perhaps drunken memories that will make your big day special.

Another reader, Ryan, recently got married and used the Weddingmix service.  He and his bride Jeana knew that it would be a perfect fit for their wedding. Here’s what they had to say:

“After we found out about WeddingMix we knew it would be the best option for us. Not only were we going to save money, but we knew having our friends and family taking the videos themselves would capture the events, interactions, debauchery, and love in a way a videographer wouldn’t be able to. It also allowed us to have video memories of the events leading up to our wedding day as well as our honeymoon afterwards. WeddingMix was exactly what we needed to create a ridiculously fun wedding video capturing everything our wedding was truly about, and something we’ll want to watch year after year rather than something we’ll watch once and then store away for who knows how long.”

As you can see in their video, Ryan and Jeana’s wedding was not what you’d call a stuffy affair.  You know folks are having fun when grandma is in on the action!

Will Javier be able to top Ryan? Will you? Make sure to get your own WeddingMix to find out. With packages starting at $99, you can add one to your list without even putting a dent in your budget.  And if you act quickly, they’ll take 5% off your order. Just use code TMRQuick by July 23.

[GIVEAWAY] Win Your Wedding Video From Storymix

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Guys, let’s face it, there are going to be some things in your marriage that are less enjoyable than others. One of them is sitting through a two hour wedding video every year on your anniversary. Instead of being the bad guy who puts the kibosh on even getting a video, we’re giving you the opportunity to be the hero by winning a $400 WeddingMix package from Storymix Media!

WeddingMix is a fun (and cheap) way to capture video of all the cool stuff you’ll actually be OK with watching every year (here’s how it works). And since it’s you and your buddies who will be shooting video with the WeddingMix iPhone app and HD cameras, you’ll be able to capture all the fun, crazy, and memorable moments of which there will be many. From before the big day through the honeymoon, THESE are the moments you’ll want to remember in 20 years. Check out the video mash-up below to see what we’re talking about.

We think WeddingMix is a great idea and have been glad to see many of our readers take advantage of the service with great results. Today, we’re happy to partner with Storymix on a fun contest that’s easy to enter and runs through June 17th. Simply use the form below to enter and you’re guaranteed at least a 10% off coupon. One lucky winner will walk away with a video package worth $400.

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Entered? Awesome! But what we’re really looking for is to hear the number one thing you’ll miss about being a bachelor. If you use the WeddingMix app or post a video to the Storymix Facebook wall, it will get you 25 extra entries in the contest! And for those grooms who can’t imagine anything they’ll miss, tell us one thing you’re looking forward to about marriage. Don’t go all ‘true confessions’ on us, but the funnier the better. Good luck!

Contest runs through June 17th. Videos deemed inappropriate will not be counted toward your additional entry count.

[CONTEST] Grooms Gone Wild Over Storymix Media

Monday, April 16th, 2012

We’re proud to say that last year we were one of the first blogs to introduce the wedding world to Storymix Media and its ultra-cool crowd-sourced wedding video service.  We ran a contest that Kyle Fryman (and his smokin’ hot bride Brittany) were fortunate enough to win.

The personal aspect of Storymix Media gives it a unique touch. Instead of a standard videographer, your wedding footage is captured by your friends and family.  Since last year’s contest, we’re happy to report that many of our readers have used Storymix’s WeddingMix service to capture the fun, goofy, and crazy moments from their wedding.  The fact that couples get to use an online storyboard to decide what goes into the final product means your brother’s embarrassing attempt to hit on a bridesmaid during the toasts won’t get left out.

Now Storymix has upped the ante and has come out with with a new iPhone app to capture the before, during and after moments of the wedding.  That means that those last moments as a bachelor can be remembered forever on video.  Plus, even more people can contribute to your video. Anyone with an iPhone or iPad can capture the great stories, memories and laughs from your big day.

To celebrate the release of the app, Storymix is giving away a FREE WeddingMix package worth $400. The goal of the contest is to capture the memorable, unique pre-wedding experiences that feature the groom and his buddies having a good time before the big day, whether it’s having beers during the bachelor party, trying on retro tuxes or playing a pre-wedding round of golf.


1. Each video sent to the Storymix Facebook wall will get you 10 entries into the contest. All you need to do is download the app for free (search WeddingMix on the App Store) and use The Man Registry “wedding” in the list with code 5P6X8.  You can upload the videos directly from the app to Storymix and your Facebook wall.  Then tag the video in FB (@Storymix in the description so we know who the video is from).  Feel free to also add videos from other devices as well.

2. Receive one additional entry each time you tweet this: #GroomsGoneWild over free wedding video package from @Storymix & @TheManRegistry

3. Finally, receive one additional entry for each time you write a comment on the Facebook Timeline of The Man Registry or Storymix Media. Comments should state why you want to win the Storymix video package.

Don’t delay, the contest runs through May 6 and then we’ll draw a winner.

To get your creative juices flowing, here are a few unique clips grooms have taken with Storymix over the last year.

Videos deemed inappropriate will be removed. Contest will end at 11:59pm PST on Sunday May 6, 2012. Winner will be contacted via email or Facebook. Family members of Storymix Media or The Man Registry, LLC employees are ineligible to win.

Real Grooms: Kyle Fryman and His Smokin’ Hot Bride

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Back in March, we introduced you guys to Storymix Media and gave away one of their fantastic Flip Video Wedding Packages. The winning groom was Kyle Fryman… and this is his wedding (My Flip style):

As you can see, My Flip Wedding is a different breed of wedding videography. As opposed to a weird guy running around with a camera and bright light, the footage is captured by your buddies (which means you’re guaranteed to get all of the offbeat moments that are going to make watching your wedding video a little more bearable year after year.) Additionally, all of the editing is shared with you online so the final product includes only the shots that YOU want. In other words, your best man’s keg stand attempt and your sister’s embarrassing wipe out on the dance floor aren’t going to be left on the cutting room floor.

Kyle and his cigar smoking bride, Brittany, will certainly be sharing laughs as they look back on their big day. As she put it, “we are so happy that the moments that would have long been forgotten, were caught on video. I think everyone had fun filming and being filmed and we can’t wait to see the DVD!”

To learn more about this groom-approved rage that is tearing up the wedding industry, check out the My Flip Wedding website and start building your package. Pricing starts at just $99.99 (which you’ll appreciate if you’ve already started pricing videographers). Storymix wants as many of our readers as possible to get a cool video like Kyle (and avoid a lifetime with a wife who regrets not having one).  So, they’re offering a 20% coupon; just click here for the code.  You can get a video for only $80, SCORE!  But hurry, it’s the last coupon they’re offering this summer and it expires on August 31st (but can be applied for any wedding date).

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Connect further with My Flip Wedding and Storymix Media by following them on Twitter and liking them on Facebook.

disclosure: storymix media is a sponsor of the man registry’s groomsadvice blog.

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