How much of your wedding was DIY?

posted 3 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
15019 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
1568 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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
1568 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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
2973 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@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
697 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013


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
5935 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

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
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Nothing. I am not a DIY expert and wasn’t going to pretend to be one for my wedding.

Post # 10
381 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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
308 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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

Card box

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
47 posts
  • Wedding: September 2014


Do you have a tutorial or anykind of advice/instructions for how you made the wedding alter you have pictured?

Post # 14
351 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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.

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