Post # 1
Ok so I’m obviously not building my venue from scratch (although that would be really cool) But I’m having a destination wedding in march and because I am super paranoid (and a bit of a control freak when it comes to my wedding) I dread the idea of someone else organizing my wedding for me. So me and FI have booked this gorgeous villa for are wedding, And have decided to do everything are self, apart from the catering because the villa comes with a catering option. We are currently looking for a house and don’t really want to dip to far into are saving and are trying really hard to keep the budget low. I am also quite crafty so I think DIY is a good option just need some inspiration. Also wanted to know if anyone had managed to pull anything simmaler of.
Post # 3
We’ve booked a parish hall and are doing completely DIY decorations and music and everything, apart from the food which my dad is paying for (we were going to do that ourselves too, but he offered to pay for a caterer just to alleviate the stress lol). It’s going to be tricky, but to save time decorating the hall (which we will have to do the morning of the wedding) we are basically hanging fairy lights everywhere and just doing small, simple centerpieces with silk flowers and candles. Sometimes simple things can have a great effect, so I would just concentrate on making things that are quick and easy to assemble but still have a great visual effect, rather than trying for loads of small intricate details which can get difficult and stressful lol
Post # 4
I DIYed a lot for my wedding. I was up at 5am making all of the bouquets and boutonnieres. I was at the venue at noon still making centerpieces when my hair lady showed up. Haha. If I have any advice, ditch anything involving flowers and try to make as much as you can in advance. I was a total stress case on the day of my wedding when I probably should have slept in and just relaxed.
Post # 5
@weddinglol22: I DIY’d a lot of my wedding, so it’s totally possible if you give yourself enough time and stay organized. For referrence, this is my DIY list (although I’m sure I’ve forgetten a couple of things)
- cake topper
- bouquets (bridal, 2 BM, 2 nosegay (moms), 1 toss)
- aisle decor
- altar arrangements
- table decor (luminaries)
- Tissue packets
- Escort Cards and stand
- Guestbook table Numbers
- Table number stands
- Custom hangers
- Groom’s Gift (boudoir scrapbook, cufflinks, etc)
- Bridal Jewelry
- ‘will you be my bridesmaid’ gift boxes
- Bridesmaid’s jewelry and gifts (macaron coin purses)
- Gifts for Parents (scrapbook)
- Pop-up gift card holders for wedding party
- Favors (Caramel Chex Mix)
- Sweet n Salty buffet items (cheese straws, dipped pretzels, cake pops, etc)
- Sweet n Salty buffet container signs
- Buffet Item Signs
- Bar Menu
- Welcome Bags
- Map and itinerary (for welcome bags)
- Thank You cards
Let me know if you want to see pictures of anything or have any questions.
Post # 6
We DIYed a lot, but I’m just wondering how you’re planning to transport everything to a destination wedding?
Advice: Don’t get real flowers. We have lavender, but only because I can dry it ahead of time and still use it, the rest are fake flowers.
Get as much as possible done in advance. There are lots of little details that nobody except you cares about- it’s great if you have the time and money to do them, but don’t stress about the small stuff.
Don’t leave it to the last minute. I’ve been DIYing like crazy over the past year and a half, but somehow I am just over a month from the wedding and still have upwards of 10 DIY projects to get done.
As you are having a DW, make sure you think about the fact that things have to travel a long way, and if you’re flying those things will need to be light to avoid extra costs.
Post # 7
My plan is to make anything that’s fragile on sight to avoid it being broken in suitcases plus we are flying from New York to cancun so iT isn’t a long haul flight so anything that has been constructed won’t have to much time to move about.
Post # 8
I’m not trying to be discouraging, but I diyed a few things like favors and some signs, sign in book, and shipping to the Caribbean was over $60 just for those few items. Otherwise i would have had to check several extra luggage pieces and most airlines r now charging for the first checked bags and like upwards of over 100 for the third and fourth bag. A few things like napkins and chair sashes I had to ask guests to pack for me in THEIR luggage which I hated having to do. U will likely also have ur dress and FHs suit to travel with. Also, think about bringing everything back, ull have so many things extra to pack like ur bouquet and any keepsakes from the wedding day, maybe part of ur cake, souvenirs, etc. It’s not impossible but it cost us lots of extra money to ship items or pack them and we only diyed a few things and only had 18 guests. Maybe budget isnt an issue, but just think about the travel and luggage aspect. That’s good that u r making some things on location.