Creative Genius: Jamie Stelter

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Metro New York City traffic reporter, food blogger and novelist – you’d think someone with an impressive resume like that wouldn’t be interested in or have time to be a DIYer. Not Jamie Stelter, she does it all, and does it well. Besides delivering traffic info to millions of people each morning on NY1, Jamie is a food/lifestyle blogger. Check out some of her fun and informative videos on our sister site, ulive. She’s also into DIY decorating, and her apartment and all her DIY projects were recently featured on Huffington Post.

Jamie and her husband Brian Stelter tied the knot this past winter, and Jamie shared some clever wedding-planning tricks and DIY-savviness with us. For instance, she had her mother’s 1975 wedding dress restored and altered – the results were stunning.

Her mom wearing the dress in 1975 on left, and Jamie in the same dress in 2014.
(Gee, I wonder why Jamie’s husband didn’t want to wear her dad’s blue leisure suit?)

Restoring the dress cost about the same as an average full-length wedding gown. But, no matter the price, I’m sure the sentimentally of it was worth it. Jamie first had to have the gown cleaned. You can’t take an almost-40-year-old dress to any old dry cleaner. Jamie’s friends who work in the garment industry were able to point her to a professional restorer who knew how to treat aged couture. After a month-long cleaning process, Jamie then brought the dress to an expert tailor who altered and updated the gown.

Jamie also shared some tips on working with wedding vendors and how to stay sane and organized while planning a wedding (she planned hers in four months!). Lucky for her, her parents handled a lot of the details. If you can delegate tasks and simple decisions, do so. It’s supposed to be a happy time, so don’t get stressed out trying to reach perfection. Jamie had the right attitude, “As long as my groom, my band and the alcohol showed up … I didn’t care about anything else.”

Find more wedding planning ideas and DIYs – everything from florals, favors, save-the-date ideas, table numbers, chair backs and the best wedding apps.

And take a look at one of our favorite weddings. It’s a rustic-style garden affair that is full of romance and sophistication.

The Creative Genius series on Made + Remade features fabulous DIYers and makers who inspire us. Meet more Creative Geniuses and help us share the spirit of DIY!

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When I'm not pulling together great projects and inspiring ideas as editor of DIYNetwork.com, I'm watching my two adorable boys play whatever sport is in season. Or I might be ...

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