Post # 1
Trying to plan a budget wedding, and wondering which things you busy bees have had success DIY-ing. I’m not personally into the “crafty” aesthetic for weddings (mason jars, twine, letterpress, etc.) but my financee and I are both reasonably artistic.
We were thinking of DIY-ing all our paper goods (invites, programs) since we both know InDesign, etc. and having them printed.
Also thinking about about DIY floral arrangements, with the help of my mother who used to be a florist’s assistant.
Any other good things to DIY that won’t look too “homemade?”
Post # 3
@doubletrouble: The dress! Just kidding 😉 I’m excited to see what you come up with. Post picures as your projects develop!
Post # 4
Flowers definitely. If you can get the flowers in bulk for a good price, and have great helpers, you can make fantastic floral arrangements and save a TON of money!! I spent around $800 on flowers, including potted hydrangea for my ceremony flowers (they did double-duty as reception flowers, and then were planted when they came home).
I got my invites as the print-your-own from Michaels…it was like $80 including postage for the total. I saved so much money that way too. Everyone loved my invites, no one was like “OMG SHE DIDNT GET ENGRAVED ONES” hahahah.
I did DIY cakes too. Mine were from a high-end grocery store and were sooo delicious. I didn’t do the multiple stack cake, they were all single layer. But I paid $140 for SEVEN cakes (used 6 for the actual wedding)…and was getting quotes for $700+ for simple 3-tier cakes.
Very quickly….. pics of my DIY flowers and DIY cakes:
Post # 5
@PeachSnapple: Wow! those look great!! I’m totally inspired now 🙂 The $700 cake thing never made sense to me, your cakes look gorgeous!
Post # 6
@doubletrouble: Thanks!! It was a lot of precision planning but worth it!
Post # 7
If you’re familiar with adobe products I definitely think you should do the invites yourself. We did and it’s one of the things I was most satisfied with. We had them printed with Cards & Pockets and I think they came out just beautiful. If you want programs and place cards, you can easily do them yourself as well.
The mother of our flower girl did the flowers, and I think she did a beautiful job. As your mum has experience of flower arrangements I think it’s a great way to save money if she can do it.
If you’re having favors, there are lots of different things you can make yourself! We had DIY icewine, but you can make sweet little cookies or jam jars without taking on too much.
Post # 9
@doubletrouble: picnic blankets – $10 diy vs $50 bought. Monogram mugs $1.50 diy vs $8 bought. Napkins, runners, picnic boxes, bamboo ware, flowers and cake, service ware will be diy
Post # 10
Since the venue is 1.5 hours from home, and our vehicles will be filled with gowns, luggage, etc., we’re not doing florals, or anything bulky. My Mom is doing printable items, such as: shower invitations (50 sets for $20), programs ($10 per pack of 50), escort cards (I think 50 for $5?), etc.
Post # 11
Definitely programs, escort cards, STD, try invitations too (we saved close to a thousand dollars using an invitation kit from a craft store and they turned out beautiful), centerpieces if you or someone you know are creative enough, favors, card box, something for the exit (ribbons wands, birdseed packets, confetti, etc)- those are the ones we saved a lot on.
We also build a cupcake stand and are ordering cupcakes from a local grocery store. The cupcake stand was rather intense to make and was only possible because my fiance is super handy.
Post # 12
@doubletrouble: yes, anything paperworky: STDs, invites/RSVPS, place cards, guest book, etc
and flowers are a great money saver if you can DIY them, cakes, desserts, favours, decor such as bunting and signage, even up cycling your shoes, making your garter. There’s lots you could do!
Post # 13
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
Flowers, paper goods, dessert if you can. I never remember wedding desserts, except for the one where the bride and her family made pie. Still drooling thinking about that pie (and I am NOT a dessert person!)
I did flowers/paper goods (used to be a graphic designer)- Cat Studio was perfect for printing the invites- you can do the exact number you need (get the sample paper pack-they have some amazing selections- the shimmer paper is beautiful!). And Sam’s Club had great quality flowers- we spent under $500 for all the flowers, when my bouquet alone would have been $300.
We also saved a lot of money providing all the alcohol/sodas. We bought more than we needed, and had a lot of leftovers in the house (STILL have some wedding beer, over 1.5 years later), but check if your caterer will allow you to provide it.
Post # 14
@doubletrouble: stationary (invites, programs, thank you cards, etc), favors (especially edible ones), flowers (huge money saver), anything customized such as a cake topper. I highly recommend using things you already have (i.e. upcycling trash items) and cross utilization of materials for different projects.
For example, I used $10 to purchase cardstock to make these conesthen I used the scraps to make centerpieces and table number holders
Just be sure that you stay organized and don’t procrastinate if you plan on taking on a lot of DIY projects.