Post # 1
My wedding is set for 09/29/2012 which means about 16 months before the big day.
I know what I want… I have almost everything in my head as far as DIY
When is too soon to start? When is too late? What’s a good time to start my DIY? I’m a pretty craft diva myself but sometimes I get impatient with things
Our vibe is simple-casual-rustic-crafty-chic
We’re pretty much going with the flow of our BBQ catering
This is on my list for DIY thus far
1. Refurbished door for skeleton key-ring escort cards
(I’m attaching a key ring to the skeleton keys as a favour. Double duties. Love it!)
2. Center piece Mason jars w/twine and ribbon embellishment (flowers will be added later to the largest mason jar)
3. DIY photobooth wall
4. DIY LED lights for paper lanterns (maybe)
5. DIY Burlap aisle runner
6. Coffee filter or tissue paper pom poms for ceremony
7. Wedding Lasso (most likely just a rugged rope with some embellishment)
8. DIY burlap table runner for wedding table
9. DIY burlap table squares for round table
10. DIY birds nest veil and hair fascinator for myself
11. DIY cupcake stand
12. DIY goodie bags for candy table
13. DIY wooden “street” signs to direct guests
14. DIY bridal and bridesmaid (5) bouquets w/burlap wrapping (I’m only using fushia and white gerber daisies) Of course this would have to be done 1 or 2 days before
15. DIY Groom and groomsmen (5) boutineeres.
16. DIY hair fascintors for the bridesmaids
17. DIY Ring bearer pillow (possibly done by Aunt)
18. Bridal clutch (done by Aunt)
19. DIY Tent Frame only (we will be draping chiffon or just wrapping twinkle lights around the frame)
I am seriously trying to keep everything as simple as possible so there are very little last minute tasks.
What do you think? Now that I put everything down in writing it looks like a lot. I’m already freaking!
Time frames anyone?
Post # 3
@superh2ogirl: I don’t have time frames but my wedding is June 2012 and I’ve started my DIY projects… if you can do them a little at a time and store them away I think it’s worth it (no overload of stress later on) It’s not too much stretched out over time… Just do them as you have time =)
Post # 4
Well if you have spare time why not start working on some things now? Get a box or set them aside and you’ll be good. Start off with the things that take the most amount of time first, like the pomanders. Also what you could do is start a few projects, then finish them later, just so you’ve actually started something. Your list isn’t too bad, I love the theme you’re going with! I would start the pomanders now, when you have spare time becuase they can take a while to get done depending on how you do them.
Post # 5
I started everything the second I was engaged at over a year out. If you know what you want and don’t think you’ll change your mind too much then go for it.
Post # 6
I would just start now, and pace yourself! I finished most of my DIY projects about a month ago, and now I just have to wait until the wedding at this point! You’ll be glad you started early!
Post # 7
As long as you have the storage for it – start now!
Once you’ve committed yourself to a project though – try not to look at posts or blogs about whatever it is so you don’t change your mind after the fact and end up doing twice the work 🙂
Things like the pomanders and runners/squares can be done now for sure and won’t take up too much room. Many Bees have stored their pomanders on hangers. I didn’t have the room for that, but I did have an empty wall in our spare room, so I just used pushpins and hung them from those 🙂
Post # 8
I’ would say start as soon as you can as long as you are sure that you will stick to that idea! I started my centerpieces almost right away (14 months out) and I am basically done with them with less than 4 months to go! Plus you can stalk the stores for deals and coupon like crazy for the best prices. Another hint from my friend. If you are enjoying what you are doing, keep going. If not, take a break. So starting early helps… Good Luck!
Post # 9
It really depends on the following
- How much space do have you keep everything
- How likely are you to change your mind about any of these things on your list
I was worried about the same thing, I wanted to make my fans and pomanders last year, but I’m glad I waited because I ended up finding a much nicer template for my fan than the one I had last year.
Post # 10
well…. its three days before my wedding and im still diying! its never too late! but id tell you to start now! i had 13 months and started right away on diys and im still going so the more you can get done early… the better 🙂
Post # 11
Good point! Oooh I think you might be right about the pomanders… those probably take a lot of time. Any advice on how to store them. In my tissue paper pomander experience if they’re stored in a box I think they’ll get scrunched up and funky by the time I used them… if I hand them, they might gather a lot of dust between now and next september.
Great advice! I need to make sure I am really really really committed to my ideas! I don’t want DIY remorse! ugh!
Oh and you answered my question about the pomanders… except I’m scared of dust gathering 🙁
“If you are enjoying what you are doing, keep going. If not, take a break.
Post # 12
@superh2ogirl: for the dust – thread the ribbon through the handles of a grocery bag, sort of like a dry cleaners bag covers your clothes 🙂
I have the tissue paper cones I made covered in thin trash bags in my office to keep the dusty junk out. Works awesome 🙂
Post # 13
mine is 2 years away and i have already started:) never too early to start imho:)
Post # 14
@superh2ogirl: Start with the things that would not be ruined over time, store easily, and wouldn’t need changed much or at all. I would start with the door and the signs. I’m doing everything DIY too and my wedding is the month after yours. I have all of my paper things finished and saved on my computer, that way I can make quick changes before printing them out. I am also going to ribbon wands and a flower petal aisle runner this summer to get them out of the way.
Post # 15
@thewheelsonthebus: The grocery bag idea is an awesome idea! Why didn’t I think of that?!