When it comes to wedding planning, we’ll be looking for any way we can to put a fun, painterly spin on all the deets. Even better when the ideas actually seem stolen from an arts supplies store (um, paint brush place settings we’re looking at you!). From watercolor-splashed gowns to bold, colorful backdrops, here are 10 of our absolute fave ways to make a creative statement with DIY wedding ideas on your special day.

1. Watercolor Gown: Wear a nontraditional dress that’s a bona fide knockout. This gorgeous gown has us swooning all over the place. (via Kathryn Conover)


2. DIY Colorful Backdrop: There’s no need for a flower wall when you’ve got a bright and bold backdrop. Make your own using this tutorial as a guide — how amazing would those shapes look with an ombre effect applied? (via A Practical Wedding)

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3. Watercolor Thank You Cards ($18): You’re gonna have a lot of people to show some love to post-wedding day. Our advice? Make sure the cards are just as lovely as the sentiments inside.


4. DIY Painted Table Numbers: These fun plexiglass table numbers are a great way to add a bit of whimsy and showcase DIY chops all at once. Try different patterns on each to change things up. (via Oh Joy!)


5. Oversized Flower: Hit the aisle with something unexpected. A single handcrafted bloom in hand is a lovely accompaniment, and adds a surreal feel to photos. (via Sloan Photography)


6. Painted Place Settings: Take that theme all the way home with painted place settings. These plates are adorable and will make your wedding meal all the more memorable. (via Ruffled)


7. Painted Cake: This sweet brush-stroked cake looks almost too beautiful to eat (JK! Cake is never too pretty to be eaten). We’re sure this stunning dessert was a huge hit. (via Clean Plate Pictures)


8. Watercolor Letterpress Invitations: Watercolor is so having a moment right now. Take on the trend at home with these DIY invites. (via Minted)

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9. Bottle Table Numbers: Since getting engaged, you’ve definitely had a few toasts toasts made in your honor. Repurpose those bottles to make these table numbers. (via Almost Makes Perfect)


10. Painted Votive Favors: Votives are a classic wedding favor. Give them a little twist with paint, then prepare to hear from your guests about how pretty they look with candles inside. (via Once Wed)

Do you have a wedding theme? Tell us what you’re planning in the comments!