Post # 1
- Wedding: August 2014 - Outdoor/indoor
I have a year until our July 2013 wedding. The budget is tight so I will be doing as much DIY as possible. What projects did you take on that were too stressful? I know there will be some things that might be too much to take on.
Some of the things i’ll probably do myself are:
Tablecloths and chair decor
That’s as far as i’ve gotten?
Post # 3
“Chair decor” sounds to me like a bit too much work, regardless of if it’s DIY or rented/purchased. Do the venue’s chairs really need decor?
Post # 4
Chair decor is possible if you have a lot of people helping and not many chairs to manage. If your chairs go into the hundreds, farm this out to your venue or hire a vendor. At my FI’s brother’s wedding, we helped set up chair covers and sashes, and it was horrible. Same situation with my sister’s wedding last year. Granted they had about 300+ chairs but we had so many people helping and both times it still cut pretty close with time. Plus you work up a sweat. Not fun when you are trying to stay fresh and pretty. In terms of cost, I think it’s do-able. Reusing my sister’s white chair covers (free) and buying the sashes in our colors will cost us about $160. My venue charges $500 to set it all up. I’d rather be out of pocket for $340 more and be way less stressed day of.
Post # 5
I was going to do my own hair accessory but they had cheaper ones at claires… and as for jewelry, if you have time to wait on shipping you can get great items CHEAP from china sellers on Ebay… it just takes 4 weeks to ship
Post # 6
I agree, chair decor might not be ‘necessary’ and even DIY can get pricey and turn into a headache!! If the chairs provided are OK, you can always just decorate your chairs or the chairs for the bridal party, which will save a ton of money and time and will look great in pictures. If the chairs are horrific and will just ruin all of your pictures, I would enlist the help of everyone you know to help you. Even if you find storebought covers at a great discount, it will be time consuming on the day of to cover them all.
The rest of your DIY ideas sound quite easy to do, provided you have enough space to store all the centerpieces and what not. Do you have an idea for centerpieces? The dollar stores around here have vases, fake flowers, vase fillers and floral supplies, so that’s easy (and cheap) and Michael’s craft store frequently has coupons I make good use of!! Depending on the type of wedding you’re doing, you might be able to do more yourself and spring for non-DIY chair covers! Favors can be pricey, so I’d start looking for ideas now and wait for sales (TheKnot has specials I think sometimes), or buy a few here and there when you have extra cash, or even do something edible you can make yourself like cookies or candies? You can have a BEAUTIFUL wedding cheap enough if you have the patience!!
My entire wedding is DIY, but it’s a backyard BBQ with 65 (invted) guests…so much MUCH less formal and easier to do things myself without looking ‘tacky’. So far my supplies that haven’t come from a craft store (with coupons) have been found at Dollar Stores, Ocean State Job Lots (I don’t know if you have this, but you can find awesome stuff there for almost nothing) and places like that. Also, google EVERYTHING, you might find cheap candle holders, candles, vases, etc. online and you may even find a discount code!! Good luck, it will be BEAUTIFUL!!
Post # 7
Ive never seen a venue with decent chairs so were doing covers and sashes (i did the sashes myself by just cutting strips of netting). We have 100 chairs 50 inside and 50 outside so its not bad (14 people helping total that is less than 8 chairs each). We are doing stacked teacup center pieces with candles and flowers. Thank you Martha for the inspiration pic. BTW ikea has giant votives which burn for like 12 hours strait so we dont have to worry about lighting them a few hours before and still having them last the night. Jewelry is easy if you have a nack for it. We also made bridesmaids dresses which I should have had someone help me out. My garter is on my knitting needles. We made our wedding arch which was a 2 day project but worth it in price for sure (2x4s and stain go a long long way). I made the napkins and table scarves which havent been too bad. Dont make 10 balls of paper flowers because trust me theyll never get finished however much you think you may have the time. Our favors where fun and easy we made home made bbq sauce(easy and dirt cheap) and homemade red pepper jelly (not as cheap and much more time consuming). Ok I did a ton more but I cant even remember and same still arent done including our hand wrap which I will finish weaving the night or ven the morning of the wedding.
Post # 8
@naturalysam: What do you mean by ‘balls’ of paper flowers? I’m intrigued…LOL
Post # 9
the one thing of all my DIYs that i regretted DIYing was my invitations.
I did DIY “balls of paper flowers” for centerpieces and it took me about 8 months to do, but I am so happy i did. Everybody wanted them as favors (which was fine, I was sick of having them in my home lol) and bouquets and like a million other things.