If anybody knows DIY, it’s Martha Stewart. The queen of crafts and the talented staff she hires to carry out her vision are constantly inspiring and encouraging others to flex their creativity. And if ever there was a more opportune time to showcase your crafting skills, it’s your wedding, says Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings associate crafts editor Erin Furey. Every week, the Minnesotan-turned-New Yorker posts her DIY Style videos on all things, well, DIY—from how to make paper lanterns to three ways to celebrate with confetti (we love this week’s painted balloons tutorial). Mpls.St.Paul Weddings spoke with Furey about her favorite wedding trends, why couples should incorporate DIY elements into their special day, and, yes, the amazing craft room she calls her office.
Your videos cover every topic—décor, fashion, entertaining. Where do you get your inspiration?
I look at a lot of blogs, I go to a lot of art shows, and the people I work with are so inspiring. I’m always getting ideas from them. Plus, we have this amazing craft room at the office and it’s stacked with just about every supply you could ever think of. I just play in there; sometimes I think my job is too good to be true. You see the entire Hudson River, you can look over to New Jersey and it’s just a beautiful workspace.
Why is DIY such a huge trend right now?
I feel like there’s a movement toward making things yourself. That’s something that I find really exciting. I feel like people’s lives are so enriched by being able to say, “I made this.” In New York, and in Minnesota, too, there are so many craft fairs that come up, art classes for adults, that are based off of techniques you might have learned in kindergarten, where you're making things and getting that sense of joy like you used to when you were a kid.
Why do you encourage couples to incorporate crafts into their wedding?
You can save a lot of money if you do it right and if you don’t take on too much and have people to help you. Whether it’s your backdrop or escort cards, it’s something no one else will have and it will be memorable. You can customize it. It’s that little touch that makes it more special for you and your family.
What are your favorite wedding trends?
My favorite trend of all time for weddings (if you can even call it a trend at this point) is photo booths. It’s fun for all age groups and such a great way to capture silly, happy, strange, sweet, and unexpected moments your photographer may not get. It livens up everything and there are so many fun possibilities for backdrops and props. And now there are great flipbook booths! I’m also seeing a lot of geometric patterns—chevrons and triangles.
What do you hope to see more of in the coming wedding season?
I think it’s a great trend that people are using ecofriendly party products, like dissolving confetti, those bamboo plates that are ethically harvested. There is so much waste that can be associated with a wedding. There are so many more resources popping up. For example, making centerpieces from fruits and vegetables, something beautiful and bountiful, and that you can donate.
What are some ideas you have for brides to be?
I did a video on folded luminaries. I really like lighting ideas—like lighting a big walkway or creating a backdrop—because using paper and color and lanterns in different ways makes a large impact. It’s bang for your buck. Plus, I think folded paper travels well, and then you can pop them open and create an environment. That’s really magical to me.
For more Martha Stewart–inspired crafts, follow Furey on Instagram @erinfurey.