Post # 1
I am 14.5 months out from my wedding and have a whole host of wedding related DIY projects to save money…when can I start them without being considered crazy!
I am a crafty person and it is killing me to wait!
Post # 3
First make your entire plan and when you know things wont change then start. Trust me you will run out of time at the end if your doing a lot yourself.
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
It’s not too early but make sure you know what you want!! I first started making paper flowers but then realized real flowers would be much more appreciated by FI’s family (his grandma was a florist and FI used to work at a greenhouse so it would’ve been a no-brainer if I’d thought about it!!), so now I’ve got a box of like 100 paper flowers I have no clue how to use. However I also started collecting materials really early on for very specific diy centerpieces that we know we want and both FI and I are excited about, and having started that early we’re in a very good position at the moment. Just make sure you know what you want!
Post # 5
Hey missy, you are right on track to start projects now!! My FI and I have decided we want the last month before the wedding to be all about relaxing, planning for the honeymoon, and enjoy each other’s company… So we will have had a 10-month engagement, and right now with 4.5 months left most of our projects are done! At least – STDs are mailed out, I’ve already designed the invitations (will have them printed soon once we decide exactly what time the wedding should start!), made all of the DIY favors (tea in test tubes), filled small muslin bags for lavender in lieu of a “rice toss,” made drink stirs, collected vintage vases for centerpieces and crystal candleholders, painted cornhole boards in our school colors, etc. The main things I’ve learned have been:
1) Realize that you may very well change your mind between now and the wedding, especially if you spend too much time on WeddingBee and looking at wedding blogs 🙂
2) Be patient with sales from craft stores: I am glad I have lots of time to do our DIY projects because I wait for the expensive craft supplies like paper punches to go on sale or for Michaels to have 50% off coupons. You will totally be able to benefit from this since you have so much time!
3) Your apartment/house may get a little messy. Our dining room table hasn’t been completely cleared off in about a month. I have learned to do one project at a time, even though it’s tempting to start a new project once I get tired of one or run out of supplies.
Post # 6
Starting early is great because that way you won’t get too overwhelmed (or if you do, you can set it aside for a week and come back to it). I agree with PP–make sure you know your plan (venue, colors, etc), do your research on the best way to accomplish your projects, and shop around/watch for sales on the materials you need.
Post # 7
I don’t think it’s too soon to start DIY projects if you know what you want and don’t think the look of your wedding will change drastically. I would start DIYing things you’re sure you and your FI love! Don’t start until you have your venue because you don’t want things to clash.
Post # 8
I started mine and Im getting married Oct. 2014. haha..I have no patience, and I know what I want and its not going to change so I started. I did things that I knew wouldn’t get bad looking until then…like a sign and things to hang on the back of our chairs. things like that=)
Post # 9
Good to know, I was thinking the exact same thing!
Post # 10
i would say go for it! I am a major DIY bride myself and i started last october working on all my stuff. The only word of caution i have for you is to make sure you have your colour scheme and theme set in stone before starting so you dont waste a tonne of money on something you wont use. I am 5 months out from my wedding now and i am almost finished everything.
Post # 11
I started DIY projects almost as soon as we got engaged (our engagement will be 17 months) and I am SO glad that I did. You will go through phases where you don’t want to do anything, and because you started so early, you won’t have to!
Post # 12
It’s definitely ok to start early, but start with things that you are very sure of, and also be aware of how to store things so they don’t fade or age at all. I printed some paper products I was DIYing a few months ago, and my house is really humid so some of the edges are already looking a little shabby/curled. I think if I’d put them all in a plastic container they would have been ok. Just another thought to keep in mind when deciding what to start early.
Post # 13
It’s not too early but like PP said, make sure you know what you want. I started my DIY projects 14 months out and then ended up changing a few of them…it’s kinda frustrating because it’s wasted time and money. I say really look at what you want, make a list, give yourself a week or so to sleep on it, then start your projects. Good luck and happy wedding planning!
Post # 14
@missjewels: I agree with the masses, you will run out of time! So craft to your hearts content!
Post # 15
@missjewels: My date is July 2013 and I have started alot… I have 90% of my center pieces done.. ( 500 kusudama flower, around baby food jars wrapped in organza), ribbon wands, I spy cards, I have all my bouquets, my ring bearer pillow, I have started on my bridesmaids giftts. and i have my dress…..I say go for it…if u know what you want and you are not going to change your mind…
Post # 16
i think you can start anytime… though, just be aware you may change your mind on some things over time… you may see soemthing you like better that you want to do etc.