Post # 1
I’ve still got 2 years until my big day (ages away, I know!). I’ve been researching decor items so I know how much to budget. I’ve pretty much nailed down what I want (but I know our tastes might change so I haven’t planned colours etc, just items like chiavari chairs, chair drapes, sequin tablecloths, perspex pedestals for our aisle decor, etc).
I’ve had a quote from a very good events company recommended by my venue, and compared it to how much it would cost to DIY/buy all the items myself. It’s only £25 more to buy/make the items myself, but I’m not sure I want the hassle of dressing my venue the night before/morning of the wedding (if there’s not a wedding on the night before my venue will let me dress it that night). BUT – if I DIY/buy the items myself I can keep them after and resell them to get some money back.
What would you do? Any tips? x
Post # 2
MissAnon_UK : What’s the liklihood that you’d be able to sell them? That’s my biggest concern, yes you could sell them if you are able to, but it can be hard to get someone to buy them.
Post # 3
You really aren’t going to want the stress of decorating. You may think it’s not a big deal now, but trust me, there’s going to be enough going on that you aren’t going to want to deal with it. If it was something like making decorations vs buying on etsy, you have enough time that it would be worth it, but when it comes to actually decorating, it will be a lot easier to have someone else do it.
Post # 4
You probably could sell to make back about 50% BUT the stress of decorating & cleaning up just isn’t worth it. Let someone else deal with that- you’ll be busy enough without that extra stress!
Post # 5
Hire. Less stress, less to do and it will have the professional touch. Nothing to worry about afterwards either 🙂
Post # 6
I have a few diy items and I can’t seem to sell them (also don’t have the time) – I’m glad I don’t have too many items because I wouldn’t have had the room for all of it.
I’d hire. Not having it all in your living room the next day is worth it. I’d make a few special diy items but hire most of it.
Post # 7
I would hire in a heartbeat. I DIYed a lot of stuff, and I severely overestimated how crafty I am AND severely underestimated how stressful all the logistics are. In the end, we threw money at all the problems anyway. I also threw away some of the stuff I DIYed, without taking it to the wedding, because I couldn’t be bothered to figure out how to get it there, who to delegate it to, etc. Would have been cheaper to hire from the start.
Edit: also wanted to add that you need to think of clean-up, too. We had to be out of our venue that night, and if we DIYed stuff, that meant we had to figure out someone to take it away, too. We had an afterparty and I didn’t want to burden our family with random crap that needed to be taken home, so I said “screw it” to a lot of my plans. Hired vendors, on the other hand, take care of clean-up on their own.
Post # 8
Hire, because I hate crafting and as far as I’m concerned the only reason to DIY is significant savings.
Post # 9
I would hire out, even if the cost was more. DIY will leave you with a bunch of clutter that you may or may not be able to sell for a fraction of the cost. Not to mention, you have to factor in how much time it will take to make, set up, and tear down.
Nope, I’m hire all the way. The less for me to do the better.
Post # 10
I like DIY and did a lot of DIY myself but I underestimated how expensive it can get and how long it can take. Also I just handed the box over to the venue and they did the rest which meant I was able to deal with everything else going on. You don’t want to be decorating yourself.
Post # 11
beesaredyingatanalarmingrate : Agreed. As much as I enjoy some types of DIY, if it is going to be anywhere close to the price of hiring I am absolutely paying to rent. That way you also don’t need to worry about collecting your things after the wedding – the vendor just picks them up.
Post # 12
Unless you are going to save a TON of money and are SUPER crafty and BOORED I’d say hire. Like others have said, it’s less about whether you can make something you’re happy with, but the logistics of storing, transporting, setting up, breaking down, and finding some way to store things until you might be able to sell them again.
Usually, you are much busier than you think on the day of the wedding then you predict. Adding anything else to your already full plate will just make your day more challenging.
This is something it’s nice to leave to the pros. If you still want to put in a personal touch, you can always make your favors by hand
Post # 13
What sort of items are you thinking? I’m doing DIY for a lot of things but also hiring others.
We’re DIYing doing the invitations, menu, place names & table numbers, welcome sign, the table settings including sewing our own table runners, some wall hanging decorations – those things can be done in advance so I’ve been working on them in my spare time all year. Some flower arrangements we will do ourselves the morning of or night before. I love DIY!
I doubt I will sell them things afterwards but they were so cheap and they were for a special occasion so that it doesn’t bother me.
Hire items are mainly just tables and chairs, fairy lights and marquee for rainy day option.
Post # 14
Thanks bees – SO helpful! I hadn’t thought about how much of it I could actually sell and being responsible for taking it all down the day after. And we would have to make multiple drop-offs at the venue just to get it all there, so you’re helping me realise it’s not worth it.
glitterandshine : We’re planning to hire sequin table cloths, drapes for our chiavari chairs, a floor length fairy light curtain that hangs from our minstrels gallery, clear acrylic pedestals and possibly silk flower tablepieces (which would be put on the pedestals lining the aisle and then moved to the tables after the ceremony).
I could definitely make our own chair drapes for 100 chairs (that’s about as crafty as I get, LOL) but it would only save me £5 so it’s not even worth it. I’m debating making our own centerpieces (urn vases or conical vases with silk flowers in) because surely it can’t be that hard to find some nice silk flowers and put them in a vase?!
We would save a LOT of money buying the fairylight curtain ourselves, but that saving is outweighed by the cost of buying the pedestals ourselves (£100 EACH to buy vs £60 to hire – and we need 10) and the faff of hanging it the morning of the wedding. But we might scrap the pedestals completely and find something cheaper for our aisle – £600 just for pedestals sounds ridiculous now I’ve typed that out.
I’m going to DIY our florals by buying silk flowers. I know it’s not to everyone’s taste but the florist quoted me like £3000 for our bridal party flowers and table centerpieces and I can’t justify that cost. Plus I like the idea of keeping my bouquet.
As for invites/table plan etc – I’m going to design them myself and get them professionally printed, but I’ll probably make our own welcome signs.
Thanks for your help girls x
Post # 15
MissAnon_UK : I did most of my stuff DIY. We were able to sell some of the items purchased.. but we only made up maybe 1/6th of the total cost. While you may be able to sell some of it, nobody is going to pay close to full price..there are so many people out there selling wedding decor, along with stores like Hobby Lobby and TJ Maxx with their cheap prices..
It definitely would have been worth it to hire someone to do it. The stress was not worth what we saved by being able to sell some stuff.