Post # 1
..ok so i kno i have 2 yrs to plan….so thats plenty of time right?? i mean, esp since I wanted to do as much DIY stuff as i could, to try and keep on our budget….here’s the thing i’m struggling with….
thru-out my internet research for inspirations, etc. i’ve gotten tons of ideas and things that i’ve saved for future reference….we don’t have a set theme but it seems that with each new idea i save or come up with, my paranoia builds even more that they won’t come out as great when I myself do it or that it will take too long and end up being a disaster…or that it won’t be how i pictured it in my head….or that i won’t get enough help if i need it, or better yet that i do get the help making the stuff and then they don’t come out like i want them to….agh! lol
i absolutely love doing arts and crafts….the extent of projects i’ve tackled are gift baskets, shadow boxes, portraits, and scale models for school…… but i just don’t do it as often as i like so i definitely don’t consider myself a pro….and when i do take on a project, i end up buying too much stuff cuz i think i might use it, then don’t use it and have a ton of stuff left over…and i esp love it when i’m almost done a project, and its just….not…quite…there….yet………..so i make another trip to crafts store, get another crap load of stuff, and end up only using 1/4 of it to make the project complete…..lmao…
soooooo…i’m wondering if i should just budget for wedding that is not so DIY that way i can save myself some stress and headache…lol but ugh, am i gonna regret that later??
all you wonderful DIY ladies tackling on projects for your wedding…are your ‘envisions’ turning out exactly as you hoped?? if they didn’t turn out like you pictured it, did you scrap the idea and find an alternitive or just use it anyways? did you find it to be a pain rather than a joy to tackle on DIY projects??? or did it turn out perfect??
Post # 3
I am trying to DIY most of my wedding stuff. Im hoping to save money and of course I love crafting. But I too am getting overwhelmed and worried. I have sooo many ideas and dreams in my head it hard to sort though it. And I seem to keep changing my mind. I did a test run of my centerpieces and I like them…but Im not sure if it’s what I envisioned. But I have already bought most of the supplies and I can not justify wasting the money to buy all new supplies. I also worry that by DIY ing most things thaqt they may look cheap. And I obviously dont want anything to look cheap.
I am just trying to keep in mind that things do not have to be PERFECT. That this is just one day and in the end it will be beautiful !
Post # 4
@Mandydee: you’re like in my head…lol everything you just said is what i have been thinking too….and your right, i feel like if i do decide to tackle on the projects, that i would keep having to think positively and tell myself that everything doesnt have to be perfect…. i guess i’m just really scared that i won’t be able to ‘craft’ what i picture in my head…
Post # 5
I am the DIY queen 🙂 I did everything for my sisters wedding, my brothers wedding, and multiple friends. I did everything from hand made invitations, the centerpieces, favors, escort cards, etc. I loved it and it was awesome everyone was so appreciative.
When my FI and I really started wedding planning, he looked me straight in the face and said I love you and you are so amazingly creative and you do things so perfectly, but for our wedding I want you to let go a little bit. You need to let people help you. Professionals need to do things for you. You will already be so stressed out from the projects you do take on that you should pay for the most important one’s. I looked at him like he was crazy, but I am 2 months from my wedding and I am so thankful that I listened to him. There is so much stuff to do it’s nice to have time to spend with him doing non-wedding stuff on a Saturday for instance. Pick the one’s that are the most important to you or the one’s that can be done quickly and pay for the others. I wanted elaborate invites so I paid for them. The time and money I would have put in to making sure everyone was perfect would have been the same cost as the person I paid to do them. Plus I got to send 3 of them back and get free replacements because they weren’t perfect, instead of being mad at myself 🙂 HTH!
Post # 6
I definitely recommend to start with testers. Instead of buying all the supplies. Just buy enough to make one and see if you like it. The worst thing for me is I keep looking for more ideas. I need to stop looking but I love to see what everyone is making, but then I always start second guessing my choices. But I am having soo much fun with all the crafts and I love the feeling of how impressed people are with how much I have done. I cant not wait to see when everything is set up, Im sure the small details wont matter and everything will HOPEFULLY flow nicely and not look cheap lol.
I think if you like crafting then go for it. But just stick with the things you are good at. I was thinking of diying my our invites but Im not the best at scrapbooking and such. So I think we will just do the ones you print off the computer…but we will see. My finacee if quite good with drawing and the computer so maybe I could leave the invites to him.
Post # 7
Make a timeline – this way you can focus on one thing at a time.
Do testers – this way you will see how much you need to buy to complete the whole project or decide you don’t want to do it if it doesn’t come out the way you want it to.
Have fun doing it – I’m a DIY bride as well, and I’m not just doing it to save money, I’m doing it because I want to and I know I’ll enjoy the process. If it gets so stressful that you can’t enjoy the process, then don’t do it!
Post # 8
@MandaMack: good points… i will definitely keep this advice in mind… thanks!!! 🙂