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This post is for creative couples that prefer to style their soirée themselves. 828 Venues offer the perfect places for DIY weddings and events. Their historic and unique spaces become a blank canvas with unlimited possibilities! The Etsy Wedding Guide is a good starting spot. I’ve done some of the work for you and this post features decor ideas and the latest trends for weddings. Get ready to be inspired to create the wedding of your dreams!


Signage is a wonderful way to welcome and direct your guests. They are a great way to personalize your day and can create a visual impact. The Esty shop, ZCreate Design, is a stylish source for all things wedding. Their Acrylic Signs are so clearly chic.

Who doesn’t love a donut? What a great way to add some sweetness to your day. This Donut Bar is perfect for your sweet table or as a take away gift at the end of the party. All you need to do is have some great packaging along side the donut display. Click HERE for fab favor packaging.

Statement Lighting

Lighting is one of the most important elements of your wedding. Many of the 828 Venues  provide lighting, but when it comes to the right light, more is more. Elan Exclusives at Etsy has a chic collection of chandeliers and fabulous fabric. You will find their prices reasonable for the luxe looks.

When love is the theme of the day, make your love light shine with these retro Marquee Light Letters. They make a statement anywhere you choose to display them.

Hanging Glass Globes make a whimsical addition to your event. Suspend them over the tables as part of the tablescape, or add a stunning spotlight to your lounge or cake area. These enclosures are safe for tea lights, flowers, or greenery.


Balloons are trending for 2019, and they are no longer just for kids parties. They can get quite sophisticated, as seen below. Find these balloons and more at The Eval Party Shop.

You can event create your own balloon installation with a heavy duty Metal Balloon Arch. Your guests will be so impressed that you did it yourself. For a display as pretty as this one, just add balloons in varied sizes and colors.

Want to make a statement? Make one with giant 36 inch balloons come in every color under the sun. You will need helium to get the project done, but that is easy to find locally.


If all else fails, make sure that you create a stylish setting for your guests to be seated and to dine. A well done table should me Instagram and Pinterest worthy. Velvet and minimalism are both trending for 2019. Use this Velvet Table Runner on Farm Tables to create a rustic chic look.

If you have over 50 people, assigned seating is a must to avoid chaos. Your special day is too important to use a typical plastic sign. Head over to Magic Wand Weddings – their in house artist hand illustrates city skyline invitations, place cards and table numbers. Shown below (left) is an Indianapolis drawing, but you’ll find other cities like Nashville, San Diego, and many more. I think that you will love their work.

Seniman Calligraphy is a super stylish shop that offers modern calligraphy designs for the discerning bride and groom. The agate place cards are beyond beautiful. Not only will they tell your guests where to sit, but they become an elegant gift at the end of the event.