Was it cheaper making your own wedding stuff??

posted 3 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My mom, grandparents, and aunts and uncles made almost everything for our wedding (including everything for the reception, food, decorations, mix CDs, slide show, etc). My mom and grandma are both artists, my uncle went to chef school, and my grandpa is a carpenter, so we had a vast amount of talent on our side. We saved hundreds of dollars making things ourselves, and it came out really beautiful. BUT if I had been on my own, I don’t think I’d have been able to pull it off! Super crafty/artistic friends and family members are a huge help.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

The biggest money saver I had was on flowers. While I love fresh flowers, I knew that financially we wouldn’t be able to afford them, especially if I wanted certain flowers in certain colors. I read up on making bouquets and bouts, and bought flowers from Hobby Lobby and Michael’s, and played around until I created bouquets that I liked. And I am able to display my bouquet in our China hutch as opposed to having to toss it the day after! As far as how much I saved, I’m really not sure the price of flowers in my area to give a good answer.

It does help if you have friends or family who are crafty and willing to help, because you could end up spending just as much to try and make something, have it not turn out, try to make it x-number of times, etc.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I cut corners on a lot of things and saved a bunch doing so. I’m one of those with champagne taste and beer pockets. I wanted really fancy invitations, instead of paying $1000 for them, I had someone design them on Etsy for $150 and printed them with Vistaprint for practically nothing. Same with all of my day of signage, save the dates. I wanted calligraphy, couldn’t afford it. So, I got metallic pens and used my own fancy handwiriting. I did my own favors and did glitter champagne glasses for about $2 a guest, instead of paying $10 a guest if I were to buy them. The key is to start early and do everything 10/20 at a time.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

Like pp said, start early and don’t take on too much at one time. We’ve definitely saved money already by making paper flowers. I’ve found some expensive save the dates and invites but recreated them and saved a ton! 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Can you be more specific? I don’t think any bride can get every signle thing she wants (except Kim K and we all saw how that turned out) so think about what your top 2-3 items are. For example, if you love invitations, spend more there. For the other items, consider DIYing or buying used items.

My DIY list: Card box, napkins, welcome bags, save-the-dates, invitations.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Making my own streamers was a HUGE savings, I still must have spent about $300 on double sided satin ribbon, but I got three 6 foot long ribbon garlands for backgrounds and the wedding arbor, a ribbon garland for a bunch of chairs (haven’t counted how many I made yet but there’s at least 40) and for 80 wand streamers. 

 

It would have cost me loads more to have had something like this done by someone on Etsy (believe me I looked). And I used a lot more ribbon than the crafty individuals on Etsy would have used for way less money. It does take a lot of time though but I enjoyed working with ribbons. 

The invitations were a huge financial saving too, it cost about $50 to make 50 of these…but the labor involved almost made it not worth it to me. I don’t enjoy working with paper all tat much, I can’t cut a straight line to save my life. 

 

I feel like for my card box I paid a similar price to what the people on Etsy charge. Fabric flowers are not cheap when you buy this many (even with half off coupons). And I needed two cans of spray paint (primer and the color). But this was a quick project, and the cake fits my theme perfectly. 

 

 

 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

Like some of the PP’s, flowers are where I’m saving the most money.  I’m making my own crepe paper roses for centerpieces and bouquets.  I forget where I got the idea, but I used a Martha Stewart tutorial to learn how to make them.  In total, I think we’re spending about $300 for flowers and centerpieces, compared to the over $1000 we’d be spending at a florist.  Here’s a pic of my bouquet which I finished over the weekend.

We’re also DIYing favors and invitations, which I’m predicting will save us a few hundred dollars.  Haven’t started those projects yet.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

You can definitely save money DIY-ing things, but make sure you do the math first.  I made my own invitations and we probably came out the same as if we had bought a box set somewhere like Michaels and printed ourselves.  However, they were customized to what we wanted and that was worth it.

We are saving big money on bouquets because I am making them myself.  I’m buying real flowers in bulk for $125 and making bouquets for myself and my 4 bridesmaids, as well as bouts for the guys.  Most small bridesmaid bouquets I have seen are going for $40-50 themselves, so this is a pretty big savings for me.  

I have also DIY’ed my centerpieces (non-floral), card box and escort cards and it wasn’t too difficult. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I’m saving the most money on flowers and cake. My fiance’s Mom, sisters, and I are going to have a flower arranging/cupcake making party the day before the wedding–prior to the rehearsal. I just couldn’t justify spending as much on the flowers or cake than I did on my dress (local baker wanted $1200 for a BASIC cake to serve 75 people and gluten-free cupcakes for 25). The florists all want $1000 for basic centerpieces or they won’t even agree to take on our wedding. It’s SO extortive. 

So…we’re arranging our centerpiece flowers ourselves and just having the florist do my toss bouquet, and corsages. We also want them to do the gazebo decor, but who knows…we may end up DIYing that ourselves too–or asking our venue just to drape some fabric instead. The rest of the florals, I’m DIYing. Given that I found the blue mason jars at $1.25/each and the dahlias average $3/stem…DIY flowers should save almost $1,000…

We’re having a small 2-tier professional cake made for display and cutting–but only for 40 people. We’re making cupcakes to serve 100 (still deciding on whether to do cupcake bites or full size cupcakes). We’ll probably have some left over…unless people go in for seconds. From what I’ve priced out–we’re going to save a couple hundred dollars there too (would be more like $500–except that our venue charges a $3.50/person cake cutting fee for outside cakes or cupcakes!). 

 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m making a lot of stuff for my wedding in a few weeks. I haven’t finished everything yet, but so far I’ve saved quite a bit of money. It definitely takes more time to make things rather than order or buy them, but if you have the time it is a money saver.

Examples: I made our STDs and invitations (including the invite, reply card, and info/directions card) and I saved about $500. I’m also planning to make a satin hair flower. I saw one at DB I liked for $100, but I bought the supplies needed to make it for about $18. My MOH used to be a florist and is doing the flowers. We’re budgeting $1,000 for flowers, but for what I’m getting a professional florist would charge closer to $2,000. There are other things I’m making, too, like table numbers and escort cards. I have card stock left over from the invitations that I’m using for those, so they’re essentially free at this point. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@TimeWillCome:  You should be able to rent a runner from an event rentals company. I priced out carpet runners and found one to rent for $50. Linen should be cheaper than that.

Post # 16
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Making your own wedding stuff is a lot of fun, however because of the limited time of preparation, there are things you could do creatively and things you have to buy or ask someone to do it for you.  E.g. Wedding souvenirs could take a lot of your time, try checking this link http://weddinspire.com/wishes/14817 , it might help.

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