What's most worth it to DIY?

posted 3 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

i DIYd flowers because it was a difference of $2500 at a florist, or $75 DIY. Definite nobrainer

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

Invites! It would have costed us > $3 per invite, before postage.

Time: 4 hours for DIY india ink painting; 1.5 hours for choosing the right free fonts (from dafont.com) I did everything on Inkscape and Microsoft Word. Grabbed maps from the town’s visitor guide (printing to OneNote, then cropping it on Inkscape)

It will cost me mere $1.50 per postcard invite after postage.

DIY Website. (Using mywedding.com)

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

You really just have to do comparisons of the cost of buying what you want versus the cost of materials and the time taken to DIY it.  Some of the DIY projects that represented the biggest cost savings for us were:

  • Chuppah (Jewish wedding canopy).  Cost of renting the one we liked would have been $800 for one day–and then we would only have had it for the ceremony, not the at-home reception.  Instead, I made one for a total cost of under $200, then sold it for $200, so there was no net cost.

  • Lighting paper lanterns.  The cost paid for lights, batteries, and miscellaneous supplies, minus the amount we got back on resale, was probably about $10.  Having a professional do the lighting would probably have been a couple of thousand dollars at minimum.

  • Uplighting.  Total cost of 8 spotlights plus colored gels, minus resale price, was $37.79.  Cost of having a professional do it would have been a couple hundred minimum.

I also liked these projects because they were big and splashy, and made a real impact relative to the time and expense involved.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Kiawah Island

I designed my own invitations using Zazzle.  The printing was really inexpensive even with upgraded paper.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

My veil!  

Cost to buy: approx $150

Cost to make: $40

Getting exactly the one I wanted: priceless!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

My DYI invitations were not necessarily cheap….but cheaper than they would have cost me to have them made by someone else.

Also my flowers were not cheap but I could not have got anything cheaper or anything remotely close to what I made.

I guess what was most worth it was getting exactly what I wanted…and I had fun doing it!

 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

For cost savings, perhaps my veils (one blusher, one cathedral length) b/c those suckers are way over-priced retail.  They are easy to cut, but I hand beaded mine as well which took some time.  I really liked doing it though.

The invites were a big cost saver too.  I spent about $60 for 110 invites and I love them.  They are not as much fun to do, but not too bad.

Most fun is the little things in decor I’ve done.  I absolutely love making the different paper flowers. I love painting, so the all the signs were a great project.

I really don’t DIY anything that I don’t enjoy doing.  I have a crafting addiction.

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

So far, my biggest save with DIY was my STD’s.. the lace ones I wanted were $8.. I made these for $1.90 each :

But.. our invitations will be a HUGE save.. it’s costing us maybe $100 to make our invitations.

We are also saving ALOT of doing our own cocktail hour food, flowers, and centerpieces.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@bitsybee:  Thanks! I am definitely a colour person (including a deep purple dress!) and it’s hard to get that kind of colour unless you DIY let alone the steampunk details that we wanted.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2015

We are DIYing a lot. We set a budget which could pretty comfortably cover most things we wanted, but we thought it would be better to work on as much as we could ourselves and make the rest really awesome. 

One of FI’s brothers is an amazing cook and baker, so he will be helping us make the cake, with me and FI ‘icing’ it (we’re actually having a white chocolate ganache and crystalised flowers). I am designing and making the bridesmaid dresses. Flowers are being ordered wholesale through a florist connection of FI’s mother, and alcohol is wholesale through FI’s father. I did some calligraphy a few years ago, so I am getting some new nibs and ink and doing our STDs and invitations. I’ll be doing my own makeup and hair. I’m making a ‘guestbook’. I’m considering DIYing my veil, as they’re pretty expensive for what they are, but I’m not sure I could do a good job of it. I’ve made plenty of clothes before but I’ve never used that sort of fabric. FI is coding our wedding website. Loads of other little things which I can’t remember right now.

Our rule is basically to ask ourselves over everything ‘Could we make this ourselves, and would it be better for the same cost?’. If yes, then we can’t buy it. The vast majority of our budget is going on, in order, catering, dress, decor (not including flowers) and photography. I guess you could argue the decor is a DIY thing; our venue (a large hall in the countryside) was practically free and comes completely unadored. So we’re bringing in the Chiavari chairs, tables, lots of greenery, fairy light canopy, candles, etc. The lights are costing £1000, and the chairs and tables are adding £500, but the rest of the decor costs are pretty negligible individually, so it’s still much cheaper than hiring a venue which is already looking fancy. Our caterer is a little on the pricey side but I really liked her when we met her and I think she’s going to make it really beautiful – there’s no way we could do this one ourselves. Thanks to all the money we’re saving elsewhere, we’ve gone from having a nice buffet or a mediocre three course meal to having a great five course meal and canapés. It’s going to be a lot of work…but I love planning, and I think we can pull it off. Having everything completely customised and personal to us is a wonderful bonus. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@bitsybe good job on the savings! We are DIY-ing centerpieces, escort cards, invites, bouquets, any other signs and decor, and boutonnières. I love DIY! Plus we’re saving a ton so it’s win-win. We found lots of our frames and books for centerpieces on freecycle.org and bouquets are going to be dried flowers which I love and are less expensive/high maintenance than fresh 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

We are DIYing a lot as well. Centerpieces, dessert bar, isle decor, favours, decor, our cake cutting set and much more… here are a few pics..

DIY soap favours… they will be tweaked a little from this picture. These were my originals and now we will be making 3 bars and bundling them together.

Our centerpieces.. we will be using real flowers.

The cake set I DIY

And our extra lighting will be these chandeliers and hanging lace covered jars w/ candles.

 

It is all worth it for me, exactly what i wanted and saved money!

 

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

For us it was our invitations.  Costs 50 dollars for 200- would have been at least 1000

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