1. Get organized
Pick up a journal from your local store or make one with scrapbook paper. Don’t forget pockets to hold receipts and mementos, as well as dividers for each phase of this journey.

2. A creative invites
Making your own invitations is a great way to save money—from classy to casual. Consider getting your bridesmaids and bridal party involved, especially if you’re having a casual wedding theme, and have fun with the designs—maybe the invitations don’t have to be identical to each other!

3. Keep your snapshots
Don’t forget to scrapbook all of these great memories. Share it with your spouse and family on your first anniversary—it’s a great conversation piece.

4. Roll your sleeves up
What better way to achieve a unique look for your wedding than to go handmade. More and more brides have chosen to incorporate handcrafted projects into their weddings.

5. The gift of style
Easy gifts for family members include frames that you’ve painted or embellished to match your theme or personal style.

6. Get to work
Before you say “I do,” say “I can,” and get started on your own handmade wedding projects that will make your day unforgettable.