Post # 1
I was told to find this site by another DIY friend so here I am exploring. I have been engaged a few weeks but I am jumping into planning head first to start planning a July 2011 wedding. We have already set the reception location and are dropping of the contract for the creemony site today so I feel like I have a good start. We have looked over the budget and are currently trying to find some ways to cut corners and cut down the budget. Tonight will be my first craft store clearance rack trip with my mom so hopefully I will get a few ideas and be able to get the ball rolling one some of the table ideas that I have. Right now my biggest questions are…
Can I do my own flowers? To what extent? Where can I get the flowers direct without using a florist?
Is making my own napkins a crazy idea for 150 people?
Is the candy bar worth doing or will it just get lost in the shuffle?
Let me know if you have any thoughts!!
Post # 3
Check out the DIY section to get some ideas.
Have you picked out colors/theme yet that will go a long way. I changed my mind 100 times ( I do that with everything) so i knew for me buying too soon would be a bad idea.
How about an insperation board have you put together one of thoes?
Post # 4
I jsut finished my board and I am pretty set on Black, White and Bright Yellow. This table setting is one of the images highlighted on my inspiration board.
Post # 5
You can totally do your own flowers – especially if you have help and are really good at putting those types of things together. I’d definitely do a trail run for centerpieces, bouquets, and bouts and all that. You’ll find lots of reviews for this website, so I’d just go with your gut as there are a lot of others out there – fiftyflowers.com.
For linens – totally have to check out CVLinens.com. You can buy them (they have damask) and then re-sell after the wedding to make some money back. But honestly I’ve found that their prices are cheaper than even renting. Good quality stuff too!
We’re doing a candy bar/sweets table type thing – and it’s replacing the groom’s cake – so for us it’s worth it because my Fiance will be able to get his choclate fix (I hate choclate).
You should definitely search the classifieds for stuff too – lots of ppl selling candy jars, linens, all kinds of stuff.
-Good Luck and congrats!
Post # 6
Can you do your own flowers?
I think this depends. How elaborate are you expecting your flowers to be? If VERY elaborate and you do not have a ton of experience with flowers nor know anyone that does. Then I think that is very huge undertaking.
But if you think you will be going simple then for sure. We made all bouquets and had real simple centerpieces. I called around for a couple quotes for shits & giggles. Florist wanted$75-$100 for a simple gerbera daisy bouquet that I can get the supplies for under $20! No, thank you.
Check first for local wholesale florist near you. That way you can see the quality before you purchase.
Definitely do a couple trial runs if you can closer to your wedding when it’s hotter out.
If you really do not have any wholesalers near you there are tons of “reputable” wholesalers online. Just do a search on here.
And oh, feel comfortable doing it all yourself even if someone has offered to help. My Mother-In-Law had offered to help and she has a very green thumb. Which pushed me towards DIYing all the flowers. Then they decided they weren’t going to fly in till Friday afternoon before the wedding. Big help that was!
Napkins…I’ve seen other girls on here do personalized napkins. It seemed do-able? Albeit unnecessary to me.
Candy bar…I think if you want to do the candy bar it’s worth doing. But I think it’s a hecka lotta work accumulating all the jars and different candies.
I went to a wedding where they did the candy bar. They never announced anything and I thought I was being polite and not going till after dinner. By the time we got there everything was empty and a complete mess. So I would definitely make some kind of announcement or something. All I remember about it was it was a mess and there was obviously not enough for everyone.
Post # 7
I am thinking about hemming bold black and white fabirc like the picutre below for a fun low cost alternative to renting colored tablecloths (the white are included in our ceremony site). I will make sure to shop online too.