(Closed) How far in advance did you start DIY projects?

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
1060 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - Anela Garden Chapel & Japanese Cultural Center, Honolulu

It’s never too early to start DIYing… 🙂

As long as you keep them someplace out of the sun (so they don’t fade) and somewhere they won’t get smashed and flattened, I think they will be fine. 🙂  Or you could just get all the paper and do all the prep work, and leave the actual “fluffing” of poms to a closer date?

Post # 4
1892 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I started DIYing right away. I wanted to have most of it done well in advance so I could just relax and not stress with a deadline. I also did a lot of it in sections so I wouldn’t get bored. I’ve been lazy lately and haven’t touch my projects but I still have plenty of time to get them done.

I also used coupons for everything and stocked up on supplies over time to cut costs. That might be something else to consider. I think you can start whenever as long as you have a place to store everything and that they will be fine till July!

Post # 5
4567 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m Starting to think about DIYing it for our wedding next August. We won’t be engaged til February and with such a short engagement, I need to get a move on!

Post # 6
6598 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

It’s never too early! Once they are done they are done! People often have to drop projects because they run out of time!

Post # 7
135 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m getting married July 2010 and I’ve already started! I figure that way there will be less stress the last few months when I’m sure we will have pleeenty to do. I just made my cake topper last night 🙂 I’ve heard Michael’s and Joann’s do Black Friday/Saturday sales so you could stock up this weekend if you wanted. I got an email from Joann’s for 20% off the entire order and 50% off a single product in addition.

Post # 8
2289 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I started the DIY process about a month after we got engaged. One of my friends starting stock piling and DIYing two years before her wedding! She had a special under-the-bed box (which I recommend) to keep everything in, and I have one of those Rubbermaid drawer sets in my closet where I keep my stuff.

Just stay organized, and it’ll be very smooth. My friend was so prepared that her wedding was a breeze, looked wonderful, and she had a glorious time!

Post # 9
411 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I have the same problem.  I cannot wait to start work on some of my projects, but I am waiting because of (1) my cats, (2) my helpers’ schedules, and (3) the eight months between now and my wedding date.  I have eased this urge by creating more DIY projects!  My favorites thus far have been these.

Post # 10
215 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’m getting married next August and have started stockpiling for future crafts using Michaels 40% and 50% off coupons. I’ve also started making the tissue paper poms. I am going to make enough for one full pomander so I can decide whether I’d like them for the ceremony. It’s also giving me lots of time to shop around for invitation supplies. I say take advantage of having this time and get started on things now! As others have said, it’ll probably reduce your stress later.

Post # 11
181 posts
Blushing bee

NEVER too early! Take it slow like some people said and use this time to collect craft store coupons, dig around yard sales & flea markets, and perfect your DIY. My advice? Just don’t start something and then forget about it until the week of the wedding! I would constantly complete a project but not perfect it, and then the week of the wedding I had about 5 projects that needed a lot of tweaking!

Post # 12
305 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010 - Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort, St. Thomas

Just don’t personalize anything until you have your RSVPs. I made the mistake of ironing guest intials on out Out of Town bags and it turns out one of the couples broke up and a few that were invited arent coming so now I have these bags and I don’t know what to do with them!

Post # 13
999 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010 - Mr. P's Grandparents’ Ranch

I agree NEVER too early! I started with DIY weeks after we became engagged 🙂

Post # 14
3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I got engaged in August 2008, started DIY in March 2009, and got everything done in time for our October 2009 wedding without rushing.  However, there is no harm in starting early, so long as you are not the type to change your whole style halfway through, and need to start over.

Post # 15
2280 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I started DIYing about seven months ago. And I’m not even engaged yet! But I knew that a backyard reception would be impossible if I didn’t put a tooooon of work into the yard, so I started landscaping on the mere possibility. Of course, that’s not exactly a delicate project that’s easily undone. My work will pay off no matter what happens.

As far as I’m concerned…the less you have to worry about close to your wedding, the better! Might as well get some projects out of the way now while the spirit moves you. 🙂

Post # 16
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I am getting marries in March of 2011. I have already started getting supplies together and will be getting started probably this week. I am using coupons to get the items that I need, so as I get the completed items, I will be starting the projects. The more I do now, the less I will have to do later.

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