Totally DIY wedding

posted 3 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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
162 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

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
8387 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@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
  • boutonnieres
  • bouquets (bridal, 2 BM, 2 nosegay (moms), 1 toss)
  • aisle decor
  • altar arrangements
  • centerpieces
  • table decor (luminaries)
  • Invitations
  • Programs
  • 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
  • Menus
  • Bar Menu
  • Cardbox
  • 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
1361 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

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 # 8
2358 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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.

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