On February 17th, 2003, I registered DIYBride.com so that makes today our TENTH ANNIVERSARY as a blog! I’m equally humbled and awed by the amount of love and support the DIY Bride community of readers, colleagues, and friends have shown to me and my staff through the last decade. It’s nothing short of amazing and I will always be grateful! Thank you!
I also want to thank the utterly awesome women and solitary awesome dude who have been instrumental is growing DIY Bride in the last year with their splendid contributions and dedication:
Valerie, Whitney, Mindy, Kendra, Amanda, Nikki, Lillian, Krista + Keri, Elle, Martha, Christa, Michelle, Jessica, Alyssa, Agnes, and Jerrod. You guys are SO AMAZING!
2013 promises to be our best year yet with many new features, contributors, and resources to help you create the wedding you both want AND deserve. Thank you for letting us be a part of your wedding and, again, thank you for your continued support!
Just for fun, I’ve included an excerpt of an interview I did with a now-defunct magazine. It gives a little bit of history about DIY Bride and how the wedding industry has changed in the last decade.
We’ve come so far!
// 10 Questions With Khris//
1. When was your DIY wedding and what projects did you make?
I was married waaaaay back in the olden days when the Earth was still cooling and dinosaurs roamed the land circa: October 2000. Jason and I, along with our awesome helpers, made our invitations, seating chart, table decor, and favors. We also did our own music (DIY DJ).
2. How did DIY Bride begin?
The origins of DIY Bride began about the time I started planning my own wedding in 1999-ish. Back then, there were very few resources for those of us who wanted to DIY so a bunch of us brides started sharing our templates, ideas, and resources with each other in wedding forums. I started a Yahoo! group as a central place for couples to come and grab downloads and, eventually, started the blog as a way to better share the cool stuff that was being shared in the group.
3. Has the DIY movement changed in the last 10 years?
Yes and no. The majority of couples and their families have always done some sort of DIY. It wasn’t until the 1980s and 1990s that rise of the vendor-led, 100% professionally done wedding became the media norm. When I got married in 2000, DIY was still something of a novelty – and certainly something only “budget” couples did – and not widely accepted as it is now.
I don’t see DIY as a movement anymore; it’s simply an option for those that want it which is glorious, really, when so many of us have worked hard to put creativity and control back into the hands of the couple.
What we’re seeing now with DIY is a swing back to weddings as being a community event with a large circle of participants in the planning and execution. It’s not solely about saving money as it was when I got married; it’s about personalization and hands-on participation to create something by and for the couple.
4. What excites you about DIY weddings these days?
That couples have the freedom to express themselves however they want makes positively giddy. While I love tradition, I’m thrilled to see couples not just going through the motions and including things that have no meaning to them. That’s empowering and exciting. A wedding without elements of deep, personal meaning to the couple is empty and soulless.
The real DIY weddings we’re seeing right now are so fabulously creative and personal no matter what the budget, style, or theme. It’s a great time to get married!
5. What trends are you sick of?
None, really. Every time I think I’ve seen the all that can be done with xyz trend, someone comes along and puts a unique spin on it that makes me fall in love with it all over again.
6. What’s the #1 mistake most couples make when planning their DIY weddings?
Oh, that’s easy! The biggest problem for most couples is underestimating the amount of time they need for their projects. Waiting until the night before the wedding to print and assemble programs or assemble favors is a huge mistake – and causes lots of stress and pre-wedding freak outs – but it happens ALL THE TIME. We encourage couples
7. What’s in your personal WIP (work-in-progress) bag?
I’m all about nesting and home-decor crafts at the moment. Yesterday I ordered a bunch of mirror tiles for a mosaic wall-hanging project that I’m excited about starting. I just made over a hollow-core door trestle desk. I’m on the hunt for a great piece of furniture to reupholster.
8. What are your favorite crafts/craft techniques?
Rubber stamping, making things out of precious metal clay, screen printing, and most recently, papier mache.
9. What craft are you most proud of?
That’s like asking me which is my favorite child! *Today* I’m most proud of some curtains I made because I DO NOT SEW. Sewing is my sworn mortal enemy but I managed to crank out some lovely curtains for my living room without harming myself or anyone else in the process.
10. In your books and personal life, you do a large variety of craft types. How do you learn to do all of that stuff? How do you get over the fear of trying something you’ve never done before?
I learn by trying. What you see in the books and on the website are usually NOT my first attempts at making something. Often I go through many prototypes and attempts before I come up with something publishable for my readers or usable in my home. That’s the nature of learning, of crafting, of publishing.
I’m not very fearful of crafting things. I’m bummed when I mess up $40 of precious metal clay, sure, but it’s not a source of fear. It’s just … stuff. As a semi-control freak and something of a perfectionist, crafting has taught me patience and the art of not letting mistakes or “imperfections” be anything more than a minor annoyance. “Oh, it didn’t work. Bummer. Let’s try again.” is a big thing for me.