Do-it-yourself projects are a super-savvy choice when planning your wedding. By crafting decorations at home, you reduce the amount of money you have to spend (the budget is king in nuptial land). Of course, you want to pick your DIY items wisely to make sure you can execute them well and provide your celebration with gorgeous accents. You probably have a color scheme for your wedding, which means all the details should ideally match. Save money and coordinate your big day by dyeing a few key elements.

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Fabric
Fabric is one of the most obvious things you can dye for your wedding, and you can apply the technique to numerous nuptial details. Color your bridesmaid dresses, tablecloths, table runners, curtains or aisle runner to match your scheme. You’ll want to start with white fabric so the final product ends up the right color – besides, buying white dresses or other items is typically less expensive than purchasing colored items anyway. Additionally, try to use natural materials, as synthetic fabric is much harder to dye accurately. Cotton is a safe bet.

How to dye it: You can purchase fabric dye online or in craft stores. Read the directions and specifications before buying your dye – some products are better than others for certain fabric types.

Once you have your dye, set up your workspace. You’ll want to lay out a plastic covering to catch any spills. Wear gloves to protect your hands from turning colors (blue hands aren’t what you hand in mind when you thought of a blue color scheme). Follow the directions printed on the package and you’ll be good to go!

Remember to wash the dyed garments several times by themselves before adding them to full wash loads. This will prevent the dye from getting on other clothing.

Flowers
Flowers with artificial coloring cost more than white ones. You can purchase plain blooms and dye the petals yourself for a colorful wedding arrangement (bet you didn’t think dyeing flowers would be on your wedding planning checklist)!

How to dye them: All you need are white flowers, vases, water and food coloring. Fill the cases with water and a few drops of your desired shade. Then cut the stems of your flowers at an angle and insert them into the vases. After about three hours, the petals will have soaked up the food coloring. Take the flowers out and put them in fresh vases. You may want to change the water regularly, as some of the dye will go back into the water in your vase.