Does anyone think you're going overboard with diy?

posted 3 years ago in DIY
  • poll: Do you ever get the impression from your friends/family that you're going a bit overboard on diy?
    YES! But who cares I LOVE IT! : (25 votes)
    45 %
    NO! They think everything I'm doing is great! : (23 votes)
    42 %
    Other : (7 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 3
    1887 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @lovelyduckie:  I picked “other” because I am not doing anything myself.  While I enjoy designing and planning things conceptually such as floral arrangements or invitations, I am leaving  their actual physical production to the professionals. Anything that distracts me from my work costs me money in my mind, so it’s far more cost effective for me to buy things.

    Post # 4
    2657 posts
    Sugar bee

    I had this same conversation over the weekend with 2 of my bridesmaids.  They were visiting for a party and I showed them my paper flower centerpieces.  They hadn’t seen the finished centerpieces before and they were amazed with how they turned out.  But as I showed them how I made the individual flowers, they kept saying “Wait, you’re doing all of this on your own and not buying these pre-made?!”.  It does take me a long time to make each centerpiece (probably about 8 hours per centerpiece), but I like the project and I have a long engagement to accomplish it.

    Post # 5
    1248 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Marked “yes” but would have marked “always” if it had been there.


    This is what I do, this is who I am, and like you, I love it.


    All my parties are over the top with DIY.  I’m not super social, so this is how I show I care.  Silly, but true.

    Post # 6
    4576 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @lovelyduckie:  No so much that they think I’m going overboard, but that they just cannot understand why I’m doing it in the first place. I’ve started like 2 projects and the very limited people that know have said things like “can’t you just PAY SOMEONE to do that?” No, actually I can’t 😡

    Post # 7
    789 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I voted other because they think I am but I don’t necessarily love it. Its a matter of money so either I have to or we won’t have it. 

    Post # 9
    752 posts
    Busy bee

    @badabing88:  ah,  it’s so much better when you put your own flare on it! Right? RIGHT!?!? Right.

    @lovelyduckie:  I am probably going overboard but it’s only because I am enjoying it and because I have a vision. I used to think weddings were soooo ugly and so I am really picky now that I decided I can have a celebration that is me. My FI is actually into making stuff now too, which gives it that extra bonding value. It’s the ultimate hosting, isn’t it? And you get to make it JUST the way YOU want it with the materials, colors, and fonts that YOU like.

    Post # 11
    885 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I’m not doing a ton of DIY, but it seems what I am doing is way too much as far as my parents are concerned, mostly because “DIY” is a foreign term to both of them.  Since I know I’m doing what works for me, I just don’t worry about it.

    Post # 12
    8653 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I made 24 paper flower bouquets for the table, that was my labor of love for 5 months! I made our cake topper out of clay, I made all of the paper items, and the centerpieces, and the guestbook, the favors, and also made my jewelry and headpiece. Everyone thought I was insane, and told me to chill out. I didn’t even finish my list of decorations that I had bought supplies to make! Start early!

    Post # 13
    752 posts
    Busy bee

    @lovelyduckie:  Totally agree. First of all, if someone thinks something is too “Pinterest” it’s because they spent enough time on there to even know what that looks like or means! LOL. I have actually gotten to rediscover a side of me that likes to create things that I find aesthetically pleasing and do so with a purpose. How can anyone hate on that? As if simply purchasing something made in a factory was much more dignified! And don’t even get me started on the “trend” argument… having a wedding is a trend in itself for crying outloud!Thankfully I haven’t encountered anyone with such opinions, sorry to hear people are actually saying such rude things to you!

    *rant high five*

    Post # 14
    752 posts
    Busy bee

    @FreckledFox:  Oooooo I am so interested in the cake topper and the headpiece! Did you post pics of them anyway?

    Post # 15
    8653 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @rusticbee2014:  Here is the cake topper! Bear and fox which holds a special meaning for my husband and I.. And I can try and take a pic of the headpiece tomorrow!! It’s just birdcage netting with a satin fabric flower 🙂

    Post # 16
    142 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @lovelyduckie:  I’ve done what I think is a LOT of DIY.  Luckily I had 18 months to do it all and I got started early.  I’m still finishing up some projects for my August wedding but at this point I’m not really willing to take on any more BIG projects, even though I keep doing little things here and there.  Here’s what I’ve done so far, and I’m curious to hear what other BEES have DIY’d themselves

    1) Program fane

    2) Fabric flower bunches for part of the guest table centerpieces

    3) Fabric flower bouquets – 3 for each of my bridesmaids

    4) Brooch bouquet for my bridal bouquet

    5) “Bejeweled” my shoes with “I Do” with individuals crystals

    6) Painted and monogramed my gift card mailbox

    7) Designed a photobook for my guest book (does this count as DIY? It did take several hours to compose each page with our photos!)

    8) Made a sign with cutout wooden letters for the fireplace behind where we will be sitting

    9) Create a menu and schedule of events to be framed and put around the reception space

    10) Spray painted a handful of picture frames to match my wedding colors

    11) Made my own cake topper using clay and paint to represent my fiance and I skydiving

    12) With the help of my fiance, cut down some trees to cut out wooden slabs for our centerpieces and cake stand

    13) Designed all my invites, rsvps and save the dates (had a company print them up though)

    14) Decorated buckets that will be used for our candy table

    15) Made all the signs for the candy table, guest book table, as well as a reserved sign for the head table and reserved signs for the front row of chairs at the ceremony

    Whew, ok.  That’s all I can remember for now!  I just look forward to the day that I am completely done with all my projects so I can have my kitchen table back!  It’s been filled with craft supplied since I got engaged!

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