Meet Peta, our resident DIY bride. Her and hubby Andy recently tied the knot and they did it DIY style. They were kind enough to share their beautiful pictures with us, as well as a few inside tips and tricks to pull off the DIY wedding of the year.
A quick Q&A with the lovely Peta is sure to get you inspired to plan your own DIY wedding. Champagne?
Full name: Peta Craddock (nee Brown)
Current job title and company: Senior Marketing Graphic Designer for Cotton On Kids and Typo
How did the proposal go down?
It was on our 7 year anniversary at an ‘all you can eat’ restaurant. We saw “The Social Network” at the drive-ins afterward. Ha-ha
When did you get married?
February 2014, the day after Valentine’s Day.
Where did you get married?
In Apollo Bay. It’s a Craddock family holiday spot fave, filled with lots of fun memories.
What are your top 5 wedding planning tips?
1. Make a list for everything!
2. Buy online. It’s much easier to find things you want.
3. DIY and save a bucket load.
4. Get inspired! Make an inspiration board and start looking on Pinterest, blogs and magazines.
5. Make use of talented friends and family.
What wedding style did you go with?
Old school, romantic and relaxed.
Where did you look for a little inspiration for your wedding style?
Pinterest, Hello May, Once Wed, Typo stores… when you’ve got wedding brain you’ll find inspo pretty much everywhere!
Would you say you were a DIY bride?
Definitely! Almost EVERYTHING was DIY. Andy even made his own ring! We hired a hall, my amazing mother and sister made all the decorations and lighting, some talented friends did the photography, another awesome friend catered, another friend DJ’d, bouquets, flower arrangements, wedding favours, invites, hair and makeup were all DIY. It was a lot of work but it was all worth it in the end.
What was your favourite DIY wedding project?
Probably the wedding favours. I bought some cheap plastic animals and organised a craft-a-noon with a good friend. We painted them all black, fixed them on top of little Typo jars and filled them with yummy chocolates. They were a hit with our guests!
Did anything not go quite to plan, if so what was it?
A few things didn’t go quite to plan! We left all the knives at home, the videographer called in sick and Andy’s car didn’t start, but luckily we all kept our cool and everything sorted itself out. I think it’s important to remember that after all the planning; things won’t always go to plan, but just go with the flow and enjoy yourself.
Best advice you could give to a DIY bride?
Get your friends and family involved and delegate jobs. Try not to be overwhelmed by it all as most people are happy to help!
Funniest thing that happened on your wedding day?
Our celebrant was quite unique and included a poem about dinosaurs in our ceremony. Watching everyone’s faces wondering what the pickle was he talking about was secretly hilarious.
Did you have any DIY fails? If so, what were they and how did you overcome them?
Putting all the fairy lighting up was an epic task, which my sister did almost single handed. She’d finally finished stapling it all to the roof and when we switched it on only half worked! Luckily my electrician brother came to the rescue and found the fault!
Fun fact about you: I’m about to enter the world of motherhood! Our first little Craddock offspring is due in Feb! I can’t wait!
Fun fact about your new hubby: His favourite food is buffalo wings. So much so that he has a tattoo of buffalo wings on his leg!
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