DIY Brides

posted 3 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Well, I did some stds, decided I didn’t like them and then redid them. So that was a little waste of time/supplies.

Then I attempted a rose petal aisle runner.. it just didn’t look that great in person.. so I scrapped that.

Otherwise, everything else has been great thus far.

Post # 4
627 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Scottish Rite Cathedral (New Castle, PA)

I was going to an all petal covered aisle runner and then realized that was a TON of work and decided to DIY a painted quote and petals down the side like so: 

So for me, an all petal aisle runner wasn’t worth the time and I just adjusted the project. Was going to do a backdrop all from scratch (PVC pipe, fabric, etc) and decided to just rent an extended arch from Hobby Lobby. Much cheaper and easier!

Post # 5
592 posts
Busy bee

I DIY my flowers.  I was happy with what I did for the main reception but wasn’t so happy with the cocktail hour.  So I had mixed feeling. 

Post # 6
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I am going for a rustic elegance feel for my elopement. So far I’ve done mason jars in various sizes that I’ve made wraps for with burlap, lace ribbon, glittered ribbon, & twine. I also have gotten a headstart on my silk flower/brooch bouquet which I know will take a long time. Also plan to do a petal shadow box, runner, & sand ceremony shadow box.

Post # 7
399 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

we DIYed almost everything.  In the end my only real regret was just how much time it took to set up and coordinate- it was stressful. That being said, I LOVED how everything turned out and received many compliments.   I played around a lot with the name cards but in the end was happy with what I came up with.  Same with the invite…spent months trying to decide.  The only thing that didnt really work out was the wine bottle labels.  We made our own wine and I hand stamped (should have used a different ink), then the staff put them in buckets of ice.  They were bleeding everywhere at the reception- oh well lol

Post # 8
810 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I did my centerpieces (amongst many other things). We built these beautiful planter boxes out of pallets we got from local businesses for free. Broke them down, sanded, stained, built, the whole 9 yards. I love how they turned out, but my mistake was that we made way too many. We expected more guests than actually came, so we could have made 15 and been good, but we actually made 21. So we spent more time (and stain) on centerpieces that we never used.

I also did my card box twice. The first time I tried to use fabric and it turned out awful. I redid it and painted it instead and it turned out lovely.

I would really put some thought into the projects you are considering before getting knee deep in DIY. Make sure you will actually save money by DIYing. Some stuff seems like it’d be cheaper, but by the time you buy the materials and put hours into it you realize it may have been cheaper to buy.

One thing I do NOT regret was doing my own flowers. They were a huge task and quite a bit of work, but I saved SO much money by buying bulk roses from Sams Club and doing all my own floral stuff.

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