Post # 1
Just wondering how much you saved doing DIY things for your wedding. A lot of my friends were hesitant that I was going to do DIY things for my wedding that shouldn’t be DIY and to be honest I did spend more than I thought doing DIY but now I’ve found sellers for most items and making my money back.
Here’s a small collage of most of my DIY items:
Wedding altar, wine labels, pomanders for aisle, bathroom kits, coffee filter centerpieces, bouquets, head table decor, pomanders for head table, seating chart, wedding favours, dinner menu/table numbers, guestbook.
Post # 3
Through diy and smart shopping, I guess maybe 5k but if you add in that I look for and found a place to diy the booze and bring in an outside caterer, closer to 10k. I didn’t sell anything afterwards, I gave some away to family and friends, gave some to another girl getting married, and some I still have taking up storage space. I’m just to lazy to go to the effort of selling it.
I hope you get some of the money you spent back. Your stuff is so pretty, I’m sure it will sell fast.
Post # 4
When I first started planning the wedding EVERYTHING was going to be DIY (I mean everything including the food and the liquor.) After thinking about things and calculations it was not going to save me much. So I went with the venue that I had to have catered food and a beverage package it was a little more expensive but whatever. My centerpieces are DIY. My bouquets are DIY (but I sell them on etsy so whatever that is no biggie for me), all boutineers and Corsages are DIY, and any kind of decorations will be DIY. Its more about my budget then me wanting to do DIY.
Post # 5
oh and I am able to have a 20K wedding for under 10K not really due to a lot of DIY just smart shopping, started planning early, and I look for deals CONSTANTLY. NEVER ever ever take the first price.
Post # 6
@littlemiss604: None of it. After doing the math & calculating my own time/money/aggravation spent on any DIY project, it would cost more than to just pay someone to do it. Seriously. No DIY for me.
Post # 7
Centerpieces, card box, and the table numbers, the latter of which were really semi-DIY. We are not Pinterest-y, crafty people, and we were also way too busy to DIY everything.
Post # 8
I DIYed my place cards (white cardstock folded into tents with colored rhinestones to indicate meal choices) and my guest book (wine bottles).
Don’t have pictures of the place cards becaue I’m lazy and haven’t finished them yet. This is our “guestbook”. We spent about an hour in the wine store picking out the wine last weekend. The guests will sign on of the four bottles.
Post # 9
Nothing. I am not a DIY expert and wasn’t going to pretend to be one for my wedding.
Post # 10
I made my card box, table number frames, and I will be making my bouquet and centerpieces (only 6 tables and 1 bouquet) Most of my wedding is from etsy though. headpiece, daughters dress, lots of decor knick knacks etc.
Post # 11
Here is a short list of everything I am planning to do DIY at this point (I have nearly two years, so if it sounds ambitious, it’s because my wedding is ages off, I am super Type A, and myself and my two MOHs are all corporate event planners):
Centerpieces, including making DIY mercury glass-style vases
Bouquets for myself and the bridal party, including antique brooch accents
All graphic design of all paper assets, and production of invitation suites on a letterpress that my dad is building me from a bottle jack
All food for the cocktail hour (main meal will be catered)
Fondant decorations for the cake (FI’s mom is a pro baker but does not work in fondant)
Glass etching: bar menu on a vintage-style mirror and bride and groom champagne flutes
Creative guest book replacement of some nature
Art deco-painted cornhole game and Polish horseshoes poles
Backdrop for photo booth
Also it will be in my parents’ backyard so I will have to coordinate about twice as many vendors. But that’s okay! One of my MOH’s and my goal is to eventually move into wedding planning with a DIY (DIO? Do It Ourselves?) focus so I view it all as professional development and prime portfolio fodder.
Post # 12
Do you have a tutorial or anykind of advice/instructions for how you made the wedding alter you have pictured?
Post # 13
@jordanl1027: I do actually, I’ll pm you
Post # 14
I paid about $220 for supplies to DIY 7 bouquets, 1 bridal bouquet, 1 toss bouquet, 8 boutonnieres, and 3 corsages. I made them all out of felt. I have no idea what they would’ve cost from a florist, because I never considered any other option–I love making felt flowers for craft projects!
My Mom and I also collected pretty old books (i found them for free!), interesting glassware, candle holders, and picture frames from thrift stores for centerpieces. Mom spray painted some of them silver to make them work with our scheme. We found a ton of gorgeous vintage picture frames for 39 cents apiece… Major victory!
I also DIY’d belly bands on invitations, table numbers, and programs. Mom DIY’d the seating chart. I’m not sure we saved money on that. But we definitely got a unique, beautiful look that was so us. And I’m so proud of it! I wish our pictures were back so I could show you.