Post # 1
Ok so I designed, printed, glued and made my day invitations and I was really enthusiastic to do this at first! However now I feel I really wish I had not wasted my time. They took forever I had no idea how to go about it. I didn’t get them out on time and then had to re-print some of the insides because my RSVP dated had passed.
I do like my final result and I got what I wanted out of them which was a personal touch for part of our wedding but now I feel that it’s not worth the effort and some pple might think I did it for cheapness. I feel like ordering my evening invitations from somewhere professional. I also wanted to do some other DIY projects like the table centre pieces and the card post box but I do feel like it’s time consuming and would it be better to just order these.
We have overspent in other areas of our budget so if I could do some of this myself it would help bring the cost back down. What do you guys think, does it get better the more you complete some of these DIY projects? Should I try one more and if I get on better with that, try some more? or feeling already deflated just take the easy option?
Post # 3
Yea, with DIY you really have to pick your battles. DIY doesn’t always mean cheaper, if you consider all the time, effort, sanity etc. that you spent. Only you can really measure if a particular project is worth it. It sounds like you really want someone else to handle it, which is fine!
I am in the process of narrowing down my DIY projects. I am designing my own invites in watercolor but having them printed professionally.
Post # 4
I’m the kind of person who is good at having creative ideas and bad at realising them – I can’t draw, most of my childhood art projects resulted in lots of tears and things being crumpled and binned – so I asked myself the following questions before trying to DIY anything…
– Will I enjoy making this?
– Do I already have the required skills?
– Do I have a friend or relative who could or would happily do it for me or at least help me do it? You would be surprised how much people love to help, whether it’s one person doing something as a favour or a group of people doing a production line. If you know someone with a skill that would help, could you ask them to use it in lieu of a wedding gift? What about getting your bridal party over for cake, fizz and crafting?
– Is there a cheap solution on Ebay or Etsy? I picked up some things I’d considered DIYing very cheaply on those sites and I’m pretty sure DIYing would have cost more because of the cost of the materials. If it won’t save you time and money, and/or you won’t enjoy it, you’re probably best off trying to find things cheaply online.
And what about your FI? Mine isn’t very good at DIY, but he cut out envelope liners and helped stuff envelopes, for example.
Post # 5
Awe thanks guys 🙂
I asked my Maid/Matron of Honor what she thought, she only lives 5 mins away and she would be really excited to come round and help with some of these things and my Fiance is keen too.
I think my Maid/Matron of Honor thought she would be more involved but I kind of have done everything without asking for much help so I think she sees this as a way of having some more input.
I’m going to try another project with the help of Fiance and Maid/Matron of Honor and see how we get on. I will keep you updated and post some pics of the project we decide to undertake 🙂
Post # 6
I cant waite to make mine… I need to talk to the church and set the time and fig that out and then, its game on…. I just made my map for my invited today.