Completely DIY Wedding Help

posted 3 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
Member
1248 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@truefrommetoyou:  Lowe’s and HomeDepot still had some xmas lights on clearance last I checked.  Look both in stores and online.  I just bought some white globe LED lights for a $1.20 per pack last week.

As for lists, there isn’t really a one-size-fits-all out there that I know about.  I have been making lists since the day we got engaged (now over a year). I keep all my lists electronically on my iPad, backed up on my computer, and printouts of them in a binder. The most difficult thing for me is keeping track of everything I’ve made/bought, so that is my master list (I’m the queen of forgetting where I put/store something).

Put details on your website with a friendly reminder that it is an outdoor event, so please wear appropriate shoes.

You’ll need to arrange parking and added insurance, but it sounds like a beautiful venue.  Just write down everything as you think of it and keep those lists handy 🙂

Post # 4
Hostess
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’ve been purchasing 10 meter white LED lights from ebay, I’ve gotten all of them for under $5 a pack, which I think is pretty cheap for 10 meters.. and they also have 7 differant settings [constant on, chase, twinkle, fade, ect].

 

Post # 7
Member
951 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@truefrommetoyou:  Yes to the warning!  I recently attended a wedding out in the woods and they had a small insert pointing out the location and to take it into consideration when choosing attire and footware (I wish I still had the invite to tell you exactly what it said).  I took that to mean, no heels or you’ll sink in the ground, there will be bugs so bring a cover up, etc.  So, I picked out wedges.  Turns out their walk thru the woods was more of a HIKE.  So, the message was very much appreciated but be careful how you word it.  Don’t understate it.

Post # 8
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8914 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@truefrommetoyou:  Hey there!  Very DIY, outdoors wedding graduate here!

1 – I would skip the heels, honestly.  Not worth it if you’re walking around on grass and cobblestones all day.  You can wear cute wedges if you still want height.  And for guests, yes, I’d definitely warn them.  We put a “FAQ” section on our wedding website that warned guests that our wedding was 100% outdoors on grass, so skip the stilettos.

2 – Re: decorating lists, I just thought through every element of the wedding and made a list of everything that had to be done for it.  Welcome signs, card/presents table, cocktail food table, drinks table, ceremony setup, tent decor, lighting, electrical needs, photobooth supplies, lawn games, linens/silverware, centerpieces, tables/chairs, band setup, bathrooms, ETC ETC!  You’ll feel a lot better when it’s all written down.  I could send you my list if you want, let me know.  

We didn’t hire anyone to help, but we knew we had ~20 people who were willing to help for 1-4 hours.  I did stuff for about 3 hours and then left to get ready while everything was still in disarray.  That was scary, but when I reappeared for the ceremony, everything looked perfect!!

So just make sure you’ve got a solid committment from friends and family – it takes longer than you might think.  One of the very best things I did re: setup was to print off lists of the necessary materials, inspiration pictures, and little diagrams for where everything goes,for each element (as listed above).  Then I delegated a lot of tasks and made sure people knew that beyond the instructions already listed out, they had creative control.  (Because there’s no way you oversee every detail, and it gets annoying as hell when people constantly ask you about minutia.) This link was also helpful:

http://apracticalwedding.com/2013/05/setting-up-and-breaking-down-your-wedding/

3 – Christmas lights: I got mine at post-Christmas sales (although it sounds like that’s not working?) and Craigslist / garage sales.  

 Good luck, hope this helped!

 

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