DIY Dapper Deco Wedding in Raleigh, North Carolina

Caroline Lima Photography

Our next bride’s mother always threw her the best DIY birthday parties. When this beautiful bride said yes to Romaric’s proposal, she knew DIY projects would be a large part of her special day. And they certainly were, using the roaring 20s as their inspiration.

As you will soon see, this North Carolina wedding is overflowing with a black, white and gold color scheme, vintage decorations and of course a ton of  DIY elements. Even Charity’s wedding dress was custom made with the help of one of her bridesmaids! There are so many amazing details from this DIY dapper Deco wedding that you definitely don’t want to miss! Be sure to see them all in the full gallery here, all amazingly captured by Caroline Lima Photography.

getting wedding ready at The Oakwood Inn

pastel wedding bouquet with feathers by Springwell Gardens

handmade wedding gown

white manolo blahnik wedding shoes

art deco wedding invites

bridal accessories for a roaring 20s wedding

Each of the bridesmaids received a gift from the bride in a cute black and white box. Also included was a schedule for the day so that everyone knew where they needed to be when. Such an awesome idea!

black and white bridesmaid gift with detailed schedule

label dresses for your maids

matching getting ready shirts for the bridesmaids

vintage wedding hairstyles

From the Bride:
With fall weddings being so popular (we attended 3 this year!) we knew we wanted something with a strong voice. We wanted our guests to have the ultimate date night, have a chance to get dressed up, let loose, and party.

Romaric and I love the spirit of the 1920s and thought it would be fun to throw a speakeasy themed wedding; a little vintage, a little glam, a lot of fun. Everyone pitched in. My grandmother made the table runners, my mom made the centerpieces (every paper flower was hand dyed and folded), and one of my bridesmaids helped me make my dress! We were thrilled with how everything turned out and so thankful to our guests who came in costume to help set the mood!

blush bridesmaid dresses

vintage inspired bridesmaid looks

lace wedding dress

vintage bridal looks

black and white groomsmen looks

dapper groom looks

first wedding look at The Oakwood Inn

The Stockroom at 230 was the perfect setting for this dapper Deco event with its industrial atmosphere that referenced the good old days when it was all about glitz, glam and modernity. Twinkle lights and paper lanterns along with gold and white paper pom-poms and a draped fabric backdrop set the stage for Charity and Romaric to tie the knot in style.

wedding ceremony at The Stockroom at 230

simple gold and white wedding ceremony decor

wedding ceremony at an industrial venue

industrial wedding ceremony

After Charity and Romaric said “I do” the ceremony space at The Stockroom at 230 was transformed into a chic dining room and dance floor for the reception. Centerpieces of vintage books, an assortment of candles and cigar boxes filled with gorgeous paper flowers sat on top of the black and white table runners created by Charity’s grandmother. Each table was numbered by a custom label attached to a wine bottle. Pretty! Don’t you think?

art deco inspired industrial wedding reception

vintage cigar boxes as table centerpieces

wine bottles with custom labels as table numbers

Every paper flower was hand dyed and folded by Charity’s mom. She also incorporated maps, pages from both English and French books and sheet music. We love how the subtle patterns of the different papers makes each flower look so unique!

corks holding wedding escort cards

quotes from F. Scott Fitzgerald

stunning diy paper flowers

hanging paper flower decoration over cake table

3-tier wedding cake by cake-a-licious

There really isn’t anything I would’ve done differently. There was a huge bluegrass festival downtown on the day of my wedding that made driving/parking/photos a little difficult but even with the festival I don’t regret our choice of date or the beautiful weather we had!

wedding dancing at the stockroom at 230

sparkler exit on a skooter

Photographer: Caroline Lima Photography
Venue: The Stockroom at 230
Getting Ready Venue: The Oakwood Inn
Cake: Cake-a-licious
Caterer: Rocky Top Caterer
DJ: Keith Warn of Mosaic
Bouquets: Tracy Huntley of Springwell Gardens
Groom's Attire: J.Crew
Shoe Designer: Manolo Blahnik
Groom's Shoes: Allen Edmonds
Event Designer, Hair & Stationery: Charity (The Bride) | Makeup: Nina Tie (Bridesmaid) | Dress Designer: Charity (The Bride) & Nina Tie (Bridesmaid) | Centerpieces: Mother of The Bride

Read on to see how much this DIY dapper Deco wedding cost and details about their DIY decorations. Please note that costs change as the years go by, and prices are subject to change. This is just one couple’s breakdown to give you a rough estimate on how much a wedding like this may cost you.

Our total cost came out to ~$22,000. This was mostly due to the fact that we had a plated meal and delicious french wine/champagne (the groom insisted :) ). Without the extra food costs this wedding could've been done for much less. Here is the breakdown of the DIY elements:

Dress: $900 materials from Mood
15 Table Runners: $55 for material & $15 for tassles
15 Cigar Boxes: $30
Paper Flowers: maybe $5-$7 per box for supplies, so about $105 total
Flower Chandelier: no more than $5 total
Book, Music & Map Flowers: nothing (note the book page flowers were both English and French to include Romaric and his family)
Wreathes on the Stockroom and Mahler doors: book and music paper flowers about $5 each
Jars: collected and cleaned for free
Pre-filled Votives Spray Painted Gold: 5 boxes @ $5/box
All other candles bought at 40% off with coupons

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  1. -100. @carol_lima_b says:

    Thank you for the gorgeous feature!@weddingchicks $22K for this DIY Dapper Deco Wedding, but it’s hard to believe it!

  2. -100. Trix & Trumpet says:

    What a fantastic wedding. Charity and Romaric carried the 1920’s theme through beautifully and every aspect is so much more personal because of the DIY details. I love the “to do” cards for the bridesmaids and the attention to detail using both English and French book pages for the flowers. The table settings were simple and chic, letting the amazing centrepieces really shine. Really lovely.

  3. -100. Jennifer Ballard says:

    Wow! One of the most beautiful dresses I have ever seen! Well done. Gorgeous pictures as well!

  4. -100. @MomentousImage says:

    Brides check out this DIY wedding for $22k! Happy Monday from San Francisco!

  5. -100. Occasions In Print says:

    Just love this wedding! The details are great!

  6. Thank you so very much for the gorgeous feature! It’s an honor to see my photos on the Wedding Chicks!!!!

  7. -100. Mandy Irvine says:

    Beautiful wedding x … Do you know where the bridesmaids dresses are from ?? X

  8. -100. Tiffanie says:

    I love all of the DIY ideas featured here. Thank you for the break down of costs and vendors, great to see how it all came together.

  9. My friend is admiring the map flowers as a bridal bouquet idea. Do you have a tutorial link for them that you would be willing to share?!

  10. -100. motherofthebride says:

    The map flowers are “Book page flowers” found on Pinterest made with old maps of North Carolina. Good luck to your friend – they were fun to make but a bit time consuming.

  11. -100. Erica says:

    I love the centerpieces! Where did you find the vintage cigar boxes?

  12. -100. Pam says:

    How much, where did you purchase and what type of fabric was used for the alter fabric backdrop?

  13. -100. Tanis Jackson says:

    Beautiful wedding! I absolutely love the simple draping with the three rings; it’s simple yet stunning. Would you be willing to tell me where you got the rings from?

  14. -100. Pam says:

    I am going to reconstruct the fabric alter. Could someone send me the measurements and type of fabric. Any and all info about the alter piece is needed ASAP. Thanks so much!

  15. -100. Gayle says:

    Would it be possible to tell me what type of fabric and anything else you used on the arch. I love it and didn’t find an answer from the other question.

  16. -100. @WandaDraper says:
  17. -100. bridal helper says:

    Has anyone who commented on the fabric arch used here recreated it? It is a lovely look. I don’t have much experience with fabrics and have been trying to figure out what it might be. It’s translucent but not sheer. It seems to have the same finish on both sides because you can see for sides the way it goes through the arch, and it has such a lovely drape to it. If anyone knows what it might be, I would appreciate the help. Thank you.

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  46. -100. Sarah says:

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  47. -100. Millie says:

    I love the draped fabric backdrop and would love to make it for my wedding, which is in 24 days! Could you tell me where you got the metal rings and what type of fabric that is? I’d appreciate any details you can give me about how to make this myself. Thank you!

  48. -100. Van Keller says:

    So I don’t even know if I am in the right direction here, but my son is getting married next year (not sure when) but he just told us that they were going to want a dapper wedding. My son is marrying his best friend and love of 2 years.
    My son Jon is gay and is marrying Chris. So I am trying to understand how this will work? What do the guests wear? I am also the wedding officiant. should be lots of fun….
    The Wedding shown above is absolutely beautiful and shows a lot of class. Thanks for your help

  49. -100. Milla says:

    I would love to know how you made those flowers out of maps, they look beautiful.


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