(Closed) DIY for long distance planners – ideas?

posted 8 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’ve got a similar situation…  DIYing a ton of elements in CA and shipping them to NH where we’re getting married.  I’ve made many things here (boutonnieres, table runners, favor tote bags, programs, etc) and have also ordered stuff online and sent directly to NH to DIY the week before (dried lavender for bouquets and corsages, cotton bolls for centerpieces, favor candy, etc.).  I’ve already spent $70 to ship 3 boxes, will probably ship 1 more at approx. $30 and will check one (instead of checking a suitcase) for my flight out.  I think, even though I’m paying for shipping, I’ve still saved a ton of money by DIYing.  I’ve had family back east do some of the DIY themselves in the past months too – wooden cake stands, card mailbox, collecting rocks for our escort cards, picking up cheap mason jars I found on CL in their area – so anything that you can pass ahead for them to do, will save you immensely, too!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

You can DIY all your stationery while you’re still in NYC (including invitations, programs, thank you notes, escort cards, etc).  You’ll save oodles of money putting them together yourself versus ordering from a catalog, and you can easily stash all your supplies in a single box when you’re not working on it.  I made my own stationary using materials ordered from paperandmore.com and some inserts printed up at Kinko’s.

Party favors are the best easy-turnaround projects to do with bridesmaids.  Depending on what kind of favors you want, you could:

– bake something (grandma’s cookie recipe?), wrap it, and tie it in a bow
– buy something premade, print and cut out personalized thank-you tags, and attach tags to favors
– put together those little folding boxes and fill them with candy

There are a ton of other great DIY favor ideas online.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I am going to start dyi-ing some personal things and send them to Texas where we are getting married. I just hope I don’t break anything. I am even mailing my dress ahead of time. SeaTac airport security is just nuts so I doubt I would get my dress passed the security check point.!

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Well I’ve been thinking of myself as a long distance planner (Boston to Baltimore), but you all are making me feel lucky that I can drive the 8 hours every once in awhile to deliver my DIY goods!

i agree with the shipping, especially for the paper stuff. Just don’t choose easily breakable projects– like my teacup planter favors 😉

 

Post # 7
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573 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I did some projects when I was visiting my family for the holidays and just packed them away in labeled boxes. I made our programs and took them in my carry-on bag.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

IMO, I live far too far (planning from Tokyo for an L.A. wedding) to DIY much of anything. We commisioned our invites on Etsy, had them sent to L.A., and printed out address labels and website inserts here, then mailed those to L.A. My policy is paper products only. Although I did buy 6 paper lanterns… I am kicking myself now because they’ll have to fit in my luggage somehow…

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I’m in the same boat – DC for a Panama wedding. Like others, I’m primarily DIYing paper goods (programs, invites, kids’ packets, etc…) for now. We’re shipping some things straight to Panama and are going to hope to arrive a week early to buy more, decorate, and arrange everything. It’s not ideal by any means, but will have to do!

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