Post # 1
When I first got engaged, I wanted to do a few things myself (to be crafty and of course, save a little money), but I didn’t want to overload myself. HOWEVER, what I’ve realized in this process is that I am a HUGE DIY Bride. I was going through my to-do lists, and realized that over 3/4 either starts with “To Do”, “To Design” or “To paint, etc.”
So I’m wondering, is anyone else trying to tackle anything from my list? If so, any tips?
Here’s some things I’m trying to tackle in the next few months:
Bouquets (Bridesmaids, mothers’, Bride, throw bouquet)
All Paper goods: STD’s, Invites, RSVP postcards, reception cards, seating cards, favor tags, programs, etc
Veil (my huge 12 ft long drop veil with tea dyed lace along all 4 edges)
Train (My perfect dress came without one, so I’m making a detachable train)
Personalized Hangers for my girls
Crystal Trees for the guest book table and seating card table
Various signs (Taxi, guest book, favor, sit anywhere, food descriptions, etc) …
Who else has found themselves overwhelmed with more DIY projects than they were expecting/originally planning?
Post # 3
We are doing,
The candy bar
The centerpieces and flowers
Oh and an Italian soda bar
I think thats it
Post # 4
@Mrscdnnavywife: wow! You have quite the list! I hope you have a lot of help 🙂
Post # 5
@SnowBride2013: that’s a lot of diy projects!!!!
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
@SnowBride2013: You can do it! What I did was give myself 1-3 projects per month, finishing up one month before the wedding
- escort card/ frame thingy
- bottom of my show blue rhinestone decal
- guest book on Snapfish
- photoshow DVD
Post # 7
Hahah yep, having a large obnoxious French Canadian family has its upsides. The flowers are coffee filter flowers and are half done. The candy bar will be set up the day before, my FI is making the signs now. The only thing I haven’t started is the veil.
The bathroom baskets
The card box
The guest book
Post # 8
I started off planning with a smallish list of DIY projects, that eventually grew into a massive undertaking. I finally reached my breaking point in February and just started hiring people instead. So as it stands now, my DIY projects are:
-Assembling the invitations/STDs (having someone else design and print these)
-Strassing my wedding day shoes
-Cutting out escort cards and menu cards
-Making large frames for to tack escort cards to
-Chair signs for sweetheart table
-Small signs for cardbox and dessert table
-Assembling favor boxes
Other than that, everything else is being outsourced including all the personal flowers, stationery/signage/design, aisle runner, and cake table backdrop. So far, it’s been well worth the extra cost to me, since my stress level has drastically reduced since deciding to let someone else handle those things!
Post # 9
@Mrscdnnavywife: my only diy projects are favors- caramel chocolate apples! & cocktail hour decor. Possibly the card box if I don’t find one I like.
Post # 10
Oh and I’m on mat leave, which you would think would give me tonns of time. It’s just the opposite though
Post # 11
I feel ya! I’m only two months out and have SO much to do!
I’m also undertaking:
All the paper things
Some kind of guest book
Ceremony decor (including a giant arch….)
We’re also doing the food ourselves.
back to work!
Post # 12
My list started out very small, and now it’s ever growing.
Spray painting Tolsby frames for table numbers, guest book sign and bar sign
Creating a stencil to paint onto canvas for our guest book (guest book will be canvas and paint markers, were encouraging guests to sign and doodle and create us a work of art for us to hang at home)
Renting all decor items to DIY. Need to setup all linens, backdrops etc.
Repainting an old wood storage box for cards
Making pom poms for hanging at the reception, and a dot garland as backdrop for ceremony
Spray painting skeleton keys and assembling them with tag and ribbon for escort cards
Centrepieces – this is going to be DIY but still thinking about what I want to do. I purchased a hanging candle holder and I’m having issues visioning what I want, but since we already bought them I’ll need to use them.
Covering foam board with fabric to hang skeleton keys from
Invites, purchased these from Michaels to print at home. Will be adding belly bands and wax seals with FI’s last name initial to create some more personalized touches
Im sure there will be more added to the list the closer we get, but this is my list as of right now. It’s so exhausting, but sooooo worth it!! Good luck with all your DIY projects!!
Post # 13
Everyone is so creative! It feels good to know that there are a lot of Brides out there hot glueing themselves into oblivious with me! Yesterday, the FH asked “why” I was a little stressed, and I just stared blankly and then started listing. haha He was smart and immediately offered his two hands 🙂
Post # 14
My DIY list seemed a bit insane, but I’m a little less than 3 weeks out and I’m pretty much done. It’s all about time management.
- All paper products (design, print, cut and assembled at home): invites (pocketfold, 3 inserts), favor labels, menus, sweet n salty buffet item signs, buffet item signs, programs, tissue packets, thank you post cards, wed libs, groom’s gift labels, personal cards (groom, moms, BMs, etc), escort cards, escort card stand, guestbooks/table numbers, song request sheet
- bouquets (bride, 1 MOH, 1 BM, 2 nosegay, 10 mini aisle, 1 toss)
- cufflink set, boudoir scrapbook (groom’s gifts)
- macaron coin purses (for BM’s earrings)
- sweet n salty buffet items
- childhood scrapbook (gifts for moms)
- all framed signs (bar menu, sweet n salty, pick a seat, etc)
I’m sure I’m forgetting something, but most of it is already packed in boxes. It’s totally doable though, you just have to pace yourself. I’m also planning on DIYing my make-up with my BMs.
Post # 15
You can do it! It may lots of nights/weekends in but once you see your wedding all put together you will feel so proud. 🙂
I did a TON of DIY as well. My tip is start the invitations now. It is a longer process than you think, especially if you are a perfectionist like me. And stop working if you are tired. Tired work=sloppy work and you’ll just be kicking yourself the next day for attempting to address envelopes at 3am. GL!
Post # 16
I feel so liberated because we are such procrastinators, FI and myself, but you will be able to do it all!!
We are tackling all the same as you plus reception decor (the ceremony will provide it’s own). You are in the perfect boat! once you decide on one thing, like bouquets, many others will fall in line ( boutonnieres, centerpieces, favors) and some others companies offers suites and deals (invitres/thank yous/programs/etc) or do it yourself. My wedding is another year and half out but we have SOOOO much preplanned….I am making my own dress, strassing my own shoes, we are renting a hall and and having caterer/friends do all the heavy lifting, we are decorating with our theme (old vinyl records) our bridal party is huge and willing to help, we will need to buy linens, ask aunts to cook…etc.
You will be wonderful and so will your day!!!! If i lived near you i would offer to help, but i know that help is seldom just help, ha!