(Closed) Married bees: what all did you actually DIY, what did you wind up buying instead

posted 6 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’d love to see a picture of the bouquet of pearls if you have one, it sounds really beautiful and unique!

Post # 4
1014 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I really held myself back with the DIYs.  I’m super crafty and things could have gotten out of hand really easily.  I had to remind myself that just because I COULD do something, didn’t mean I needed to.

You can see my favorite DIYs in this post http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/favorite-diys-simple-038-sweet

My favorites were my invites, programs, hombrew beer favors, escort cards, guestbook “leaf” your print tree, yay/celebration flags, photobooth/fauxtobooth, welcome and other paper banners, ribbon stir sticks, and paper poms for the ceiling.

Things I could have DIY’d, but bought on etsy included: my feather headpiece, hairpieces for bridesmaids, hair wreaths for flower girls, felt moustaches and other props for photobooth, wooden table numbers, and typewriter cufflinks for the groomsmen.  I also bought some other goodies from etsy that were supplies like special sized kraft envelopes, striped paper straws, washi tape, etc.  I love etsy!!

Post # 5
10288 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I DIYed pretty much everything that I could…

  • Programs
  • Seating Chart
  • Favor Tags
  • Non-floral centerpieces
  • Aisle decor
  • Photo Booth (both the actual booth and the software used to run it)
  • Photo Booth props
  • Fiddleheads for my bouquet, DH’s bout and floral centerpieces
  • Table numbers
  • Menus
  • Card box
  • Bathroom baskets
  • Manzanita display
  • Kids mini candy buffet centerpiece
  • Ceremony – My cousin married us so I wrote our whole ceremony. 

Things I wish I would have DIY’ed…

  • Invitations. I loved our invites (from Etsy) but they were expensive and I could have easily made them myself. 


Seating chart and manzanita (in the background). The seating chart looked a lot better before my hackjob edit…

Favor tags…

Non-floral centerpieces (& menus). They were all different with a variation of glassware, candles and those fake berry things…

Aisle decor…

8 bit Super Mario table numbers. I actually had to make some of these pixel by pixel in photoshop since they weren’t available online…

Another pic of the table numbers but this one shows off the fiddleheads (those little brown/gold swirly thingys in the flowers) better… 

Bathroom baskets. Our photog didn’t get any pics of these at our wedding (he must have held it all night!) so these were just taken in our living room…

Card box/display…

Kids candy buffet centerpiece…

Photo booth props. I obviously didn’t make the glasses and leis (sp? too lazy to look it up) but I did make all of the thought bubbles and mustaches & lips on sticks (that you can’t really see here)…

And a non-pro pic taken at home…

And last but certainly not least, the photo booth. I can’t take much credit for this since all I really did was paint. Darling Husband and his dad built the whole thing and it was beyond amazing. Unfortunately we don’t have any pro pics of the inside but here’s one during construction to give an idea of what it looked like…

That large hole housed the flat screen TV that we used for the display. Darling Husband is a mac (& iPhone/iPad) developer so he coded the software that we used to run it. We mounted an HD camera ontop of the TV and ran the software off of one of our Macbooks. There was another larger wall that stood opposite from the one pictured (looked exactly the same minus the huge cutout) and thats where everyone stood to take their pictures. We used cheapy curtains  & rods from Walmart to drape the booth for added privacy. Everything was controlled by remote so they’d simply press a button, the screen would count down from 3 and then take the picture. We fit upwards of a dozen people in our booth at one time. It was HUGE! 

Thats it in the background, though it’s not like you can really see much of anything besides the curtains…

Post # 6
172 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

To save money I ended up DIYing a lot.  Also, I like doing that stuff, even though it stressed me out by the end.

  • tissue paper pomanders
  • escort cards
  • addressing invites by hand
  • the “guest book” (which barely anyone did ughh)
  • the card box
  • the table numbers
  • Out of Town bags
  • bathroom baskets
  • rehearsal dinner invites
  • day of timeline
  • my Mrs hanger
  • labels for the candy buffet
  • containers for the candy buffet
  • sign for the candy buffet
  • photo boards (don’t know how to explain these see pic below)
  • menus
  • thank you signs for our thank you cards

I think thats it.  Here are some pictures…

Post # 7
7339 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Loving this thread! I’m planning to do ALOT of DIY, I will definately update this when I get married hehe.

@UpstateCait: I absolutely love all your fall decor, I’ve saved a few of your pictures for my inspiration, hope you don’t mind 🙂

Post # 10
3148 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Amazing, ladies!!!

What template/program did you use for your programs/menus?

Post # 11
2195 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Wow! You ladies are way more creative than I am! We DIY-ed our place cards, programs, Save-The-Date Cards, Thank you sign and cards, and…I think that’s it.

Here are our place cards (would post our programs, but our last names are on there..):

Post # 12
3148 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@pinkandsparkly:  Very pretty! I just posted this topic on another thread.  Did you have the calligraphy professionally done?

<sorry to threadjack!>

Post # 13
10288 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Mrs.Firefly1: I used Pages for our programs and Photoshop for pretty much everything else.

Post # 14
1501 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I didn’t DIY too much and a couple things did get cut. This is what I did:

  • Invites
  • Programs
  • Escort Cards
  • Centerpieces
  • Cardbox
  • Table Numbers

I was going to do bouquets, bouts and poms but I didn’t.



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