Post # 1
Even though I’m still “waiting”, my SO and I have been doing a bit of planning and currently our guest list contains 188 people at 66 different addresses. (All but 10 are family) Our budget if we aren’t able to save more is around $5,000 and thankfully I’m a pretty crafty girl so I thought I could save some money by DIYing as much as I can. For instance, we’re planning a garden reno soon after I move in and will be planting flowers specifically for the centerpieces/aisle flowers (yay double duty!). Lately I’ve been browsing around for STDs and invitation prices and they’re all pretty steep or they’re in my budget but not what I want at all.
We talked about doing all the stationary ourselves and I was working on that idea a bit but then I made a trip to a local printing press and discovered embroidered paper. I don’t think I’d do some huge design but I think I definitely want to do it. Is it insane to handcraft my own stationary and then embroider it? I guess I’m afraid of the guest list getting larger but it’s something I think I really want to do.
Post # 4
I don’t about about nightmare per se, but that sounds like a whole lot of work on top of the other DIY projects you’ll be tackling. If you really want to do this, I’d get to work on it as soon as possible and just do a little bit at a time. Also, I’ve found with my DIY projects, it’s better to do batches all in one stage, finish them all, then move on to the next stage. For example, for my fabric flowers, I cut out all of the circles first, grouped them together to make sure I had enough layers and enough flowers, and shaped them all. My next stage is melting the edges. It just feels easier and faster than making one whole flower at a time. Plus if I have to change something up, I won’t end up with a batches of flowers looking totally different from other batches. Just a thought. Good luck!
Post # 5
@Zephi: Oh also on the subject of cost…you may find that going the route of DIY with such an involved process may end up costing you a lot more than you first thought. I know stationary stuff is important, but remember that it’s really only THAT important to you. Another option is to DIY the design and have it printed by Vistaprint. Have you checked out Etsy and Zazzle for other options as well?
Post # 6
I think your crazy. I mean that in a nice way. Why spend all that time embroidering something that is most likely going to be thrown away?
Why don’t you plan on embroidering just one and framing it for yourself? Then its special and you get to do the craft.
Then you can focus n your next diy project.
Post # 7
Yeah, I’d skip the embroidering. Did you happen to see the post about the guest who sent the bride a picture of their invitation all chewed up by the dog? That’s what guests do. A few people in your family might keep your invitation, but most people will look at it once. I would love to have black and white invitations just to save some bucks, but I just can’t imagine not have any color whatsoever on the invitation, so colored ink is my splurge, Lol.
Post # 8
Yeah, I think it’s kinda insane. The guests won’t really appreciate it, it will just get thrown out, and it’s a huge time investment. Maybe embroidered paper for the guest book?
Post # 9
I admire your commitment but I would save your time for something that will be kept and appreciated for what it is. Most of your guests will have no clue the amount of work that was put into them. But if your really ahead of schedule DIY wise, you could give it a shot. If it was me a wouldnt be able to resist a complex project. Lol.
Post # 10
@HisMoon: Yeah, I’ve checked Etsy (there was one seller I really wanted to work with that was local but now that I’m moving so far away it doesn’t seem like an option) and Zazzle. Nothing feels quite right and anything that I have liked and shown my mother or my SO they go “well, I kind of think it’s ugly” or something similar. I’d love to know more about your fabric flowers!!
@taraesque: @Ashley_P: @geekspice: @Sassy9226:
I never really thought about how many people would throw them away. That was definitely something I didn’t really think about. Maybe an embroidered one for close family or embroidering the wedding album cover. With the move I might end up with more time on my hands than I care to think about and SO isn’t crazy about me doing home improvements when he isn’t there. (Something about no sledgehammers to the walls that I think are stupid …) Any recommendations for DIY projects?
Post # 11
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
Before you discount your idea, I would get som supplies and do a prototype. Mock up what you’d like and try and execute to see how long it would take to do one. Honestly I think you’ve got a lot of time before you actually need to send out invitations, and 66 isn’t too many. It’s true not everyone will appreciate them, but if you love it and want to do it, you might as well see if it’s feasible!!
Post # 12
@Zephi: Ohhhh it’s beginning for you. The endless second-guessing of others. Seriously, I know this isn’t what you asked, but your best move is to find something you love and that your FI can live with then go with that. Unless your mom/dad/FILs are paying for [insert wedding thing here], just thank them for their opinion and go with what you and FI want.
Now that I’ve given incredibly pushy unsolicited advice, haha, my inspiration for my bouquet is another Bee’s flowers:
I was thinking about a brooch bouquet, but I didn’t want to spend the time and money on finding enough “good” brooches. I found this option and fell in love. My bouquet will be equally ivory, gray, and red flowers with brooches in the middle.
Post # 13
@HisMoon: Yeah, I don’t think his parents even know he’s going to propose, he likes to surprise everyone. He’s a butthead like that. I’m already tempted to dump the guest list because that many people potentially watching me makes me anxious. Those flowers are great though! I might have to use it for my own bouquet! Is it easy to do?
@elysion: I might make a cover for the journal/photo album I’m making for my first year there. Or I might make my design simpler so that it’s easier to do. Thank you for the confidence!
Post # 14
@Zephi: It’s not hard but definitely a lot of work. I know the circles for the flowers don’t have to be perfect, but cutting them out takes FOREVER without a circular cutter thing. Mine is my best friend between my flowers and my felt pomander centerpieces.
Post # 15
I think alot of DIY are cost effective, but some cost more once you factor in your time.
I think you should do a little at a time, and then see how things work for you, you don’t want to be rushed.
Post # 16
Plus the back of an embroidered will look messy. If you want that look, make one and scan it, then have Vistaprint make the copies. Then frame the original. Or make a prototype, embroider it and work with an artist/graphic designer to recreate it digitally.