The Buzz: Wedding DIY Fails

posted 3 years ago in Weddingbee
Post # 3
2657 posts
Sugar bee

I consider myself a pretty crafty person and I’ve been successfully DIYing a number of things for the wedding already.  My fiance and I want to give out beer mugs with our wedding logo as favors.  I got the idea to save money on favors by personalizing the mugs myself with Armor Etch and my own stencils.

I had never used Armor Etch before, so I decided to test out my skills by making some monogrammed champagne glasses.  It wasn’t pretty.  The etching cream ran under the stencil, leaving splotches all over the glasses, and the letters themselves didn’t come out very clear.  The picture below is my best attempt.  The worst ones have already been banished to the trash can.

After this, we researched buying beer mugs in bulk and found a place that would make them for only $200 more than what it would have cost us to DIY them (this sounds like a lot, but we were already planning to spend a couple hundred on the DIY version).  My advice is to know your limits and when to throw in the towel.  And if you’re attempting something new, try a test run before you jump in completely.  I’m glad I learned this before I purchased 80 beer mugs and stencils.

Post # 4
814 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Mother of the Bride's residence

I decided to make our cake myself — we were just having a small one so I figured it wouldn’t be that hard! My first attempt was awful because I couldn’t get the icing to look nice. The second attempt was not bad, but then on the wedding day I found myself trying to frantically ice a cake maybe an hour before the ceremony. My mom’s friends took pity on me and took it away, telling me they’d handle it. It ended up looking way different than what I would have done, but it was really cute despite the bare patches from me not making enough icing. 😛


Post # 5
1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Mrs. Dragon:  Holy yes are those Daleks next to the cake????

Post # 6
1428 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rosehill Community Center

Our napkin rings didn’t turn out as a fail, thankfully, but the whole idea was a bit of a fail!  I couldn’t find plain white ones, so I bought wood ones thinking I could spray paint them.  Well, first they needed sanding.  So I sanded 160 freaking napkin rings.  Then the spray paint looked kind of terrible, so I spray painted probably 100 of them twice trying to make it look better, and ended up painting all 160 by hand with white paint.  Thank goodness for amazing friends who wrapped each one with the washi tape because by that point I was so over them!  And they really didn’t make a huuuuge impact, they were cute, but no one actually took them home or anything, and now I have a billion napkin rings!

All said – I would not do that project again.  Never ever.  Ugh.

Post # 7
1171 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Catholic church followed by a botanical conservatory

I went to dye my crinoline for my wedding dress but I was too lazy to soak the crinny completely and thoroughly before I stuck it in the washer. It came out looking like a used tampon:

I later re-dyed it taking more time to soak it first and it covered up the white spots, but it still was unevenly dyed and some parts were darker red than others. I still wore it and it did it’s job.

Post # 8
1 posts

@Mrs. Funnel Cake:  OMG – laughed out loud at your comments.  We’re doing a lot of DIY for my grandaughter’s wedding – so far no problems, but then it’s a year away and lots of time for disaster. lol


Post # 10
1157 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

lol… I. Love. This. Tread!!


Post # 11
6273 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

I don’t have any pictures, but take my word for it:

If you have very little sewing experience, you probably shouldn’t just go to Joanns and pick up some lace and elastic and think you can make a garter of it. Especially stiff, nonyielding lace. It’s a waste of $20, and a lot harder than it looks.

Post # 12
767 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I made both of my garters! It was a pain in the rear end… not a fail but totally time consuming. The pictures are pretty crappy but at least you cant see the stiching!! Rethink some of your DIY before you do it…

Post # 13
814 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Mother of the Bride's residence

@ebarnes0:  They are! They’re the cake ‘toppers’. 🙂

Post # 14
2816 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

These glitter shoes were totally awful. I read a bunch of tutorials about adding glitter to shoes with Mod Podge, but after five coats of glitter-and-Podge, they wound up looking like a crappy kindergarten art project. Lots of lumpy bits, peeling edges and bare patches. 

*cue the sad trombone*

Post # 15
8660 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

I made our cake topper out of clay and wood forgetting how heavy it would be. The Day-of-coordinator told me that they had a little mis-hap. WHAAA?  The cake topper had fallen while in the back and took out the whole side of the cake… OMG what? But she was very fast thinking and stuck in a ton of little paper flowers that I had made up the side of the cake. They were extras so SCORE!  It ended up looking better than the plain original cake.  🙂


Post # 16
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

How I envisioned my centerpieces and how they turned out where pretty night and day!

I imagined MASSIVE, Pinterest-worthy flower centerpieces, assembled them, and went “Well, shit. I need TWICE as many flowers to make these look right.”

But my budget was gone! So they were smaller than anticipated!

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