Post # 1
Hi all! Forgive me if I’m putting this in the wrong board, but I’m wondering when everyone started DIYing stuff? I’m getting married in April, and friends and family are pestering me that they want to help with stuff, which is lovely, but i feel like it’s too early to start sewing hunting and that kind of thing. Am I crazy? I am designing all our paper goods and I’ve already started on that, but it’s not really something I need HELP with, you know?
Ive looked at checklists but I couldn’t really find one aimed at DIY brides. I also don’t want to wait till the last minute. So when did you start DIYing things?
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@sprout: If you have already booked your date and venue(s) and have a color scheme in mind then you can definitely start DIYing some stuff now. Bear in mind that if you don’t use the help offered by your friends now, they may not have the time, money, or energy to help you closer to your wedding.
Make a list of everything you plan to DIY and whether it can be stored without being damaged for a few months or not. I would try to get as much of the DIY that can be safely stored done as soon as possible. Saving things for later might mean that you get stressed out or overwhelmed and say F-it.
I will say that the last month for me has been pretty much unproductive because I have been freaking out over other non-DIY issues like family members not attending the wedding, getting an infection that must go away before the wedding(!), and budget woes as we watch our savings account hemorrhage money from signing wedding vendor checks. Thankfully I finished buying everything I needed for DIY months ago so really the only DIY I have left is DIY that I can’t complete until the day before and day of the wedding (I am DIYing the bouquets and centerpieces.)
Post # 4
I didn’t really start until about 7 weeks before the wedding. I didn’t do very much (paper mache life rings, string lanterns, chair signs, some painted canvas, bunting). I did it mostly on my own with the exception of 1 day my step-daughter and MOH came over to make string lanterns, and my husband cut the bunting triangles.
I probably would have started earlier, but I didn’t have much inspiration or many ideas (I’m not a crafty person at all). Regardless, I had it all done in plenty of time, without any late nights the week before the wedding.
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016
@beachbride1216: I totally agree with this! Definitely take advantage of the time that you, your friends, and your family have now. The time flies and I think as soon as you know the general details of the wedding (venue, colours, etc.) it’s time to start DIYing 😉 We started about a year and a half before the wedding. We wanted a long engagement so that we’d have time for wedding projects (: Some of our DIY decor has to be set up the day before so we want to have a lot of time to gather supplies. Plus, if you’re stressing about time, the DIY projects are likely going to be the first things knocked off your list aha. I have already gotten rid of a few projects that just seem way too time consuming (realizing we only have 8 months is freaking me out!).
Post # 6
I started a year ago, and I still have a year left. Lol. I love crafts so I couldn’t help myself. I’m pretty much doing everything myself too, and I’m the type of person who needs everything done months and months In advance or else I’ll get nervous. I say if you have a venue and colors and a date go ahead!
Post # 7
I got engaged Dec 2012, and by January I started my projects. Mind you, I had long list of things I wanted to do. We are half way through with 9 months to go and I’ve completed about 70% off of my list. But I have been adding to the list as I get inspired 🙂
Start early so you will be more likely to enjoy it without tme crunch stress. Not all DIY goes as planned, and you’ll want plenty of time to figure out other options as well.
Post # 8
I’m started painting mason jars for my centerpieces last week. I’ll have about 75 to paint then another 50 to wrap in twine. I do a few each weekend that I’m home from school and planning to finish the rest on Christmas break. I’m also going to start working on making the table runners in the next few weeks.
Post # 9
I started making our invitations in August thinking it would take me about 2 months to get done (it didn’t), but now I have them sitting in a box waiting for the day to be sent. I’ll probably have to reglue some things, but I’m glad it’s pretty much done because I was dreading making 200 invites myself. I’ll probably start making our centerpieces in January for our February 1 wedding.
Post # 10
I started my biggest DIY project further before the wedding than you are now. However, it was a huge project (literally, 8 feet tall!)–our chuppah (Jewish wedding canopy).
However, when anyone else started is really irrelevant. The questions for you are a) do you want to have DIY projects at all, and b) if so, are your projects things you want help with, or things you’d prefer to do on your own?
If you want to have DIY projects, and want to have help with them, you’ll need to take into account your helpers’ schedules as well as your own. That means that if there are projects that can be done now, and they are willing now, you may want to get them started. You never know whether they will still be willing later on.
Post # 11
Our wedding is 11/9/13 I started my DIY projects beginning of August 2013. I had about 170 vases of different sizes to pearlize, add lace & ribbon to so they took me a while lol
Post # 12
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I would go ahead and get started. As it gets closer, you’ll have a lot of other crap to worry about (invites, addresses, tons of arrangements, seating chart, other decor that’s not as easily stored, etc etc).
I made a bunch of paper dot garlands a solid 6 months in advance because they were time consuming but easy to store, similar to bunting…
Post # 13
thanks, everyone! I’m definitely a crafter, so it’s not that I’m worried about not knowing how/not wanting to do things. We live in a pretty small house (700 sq ft.) and I’m kind of worried about lack of space to store things 6 months out.
I’m designing all the STDs, invitations, RSVP, and thank you cards at the same time, so then they can all go to the printer at the same time, so once it’s done, it’s done!
Maybe this is an anti-bride problem, but so far I don’t really care about wedding decorations, which is making it hard to figure out when to do what. We are using potted plants, because I don’t want to pay for a ton of cut flowers only to have them die immediately, and bunting because…every wedding has bunting, right? 😉
I’m a calligrapher, so I’m really excited about addressing the envelopes and making signage, but again, not really something I need help with. Maybe what I really need is to be told it’s okay to tell people I don’t need help right now. If they can help as things come up down the road, great, but if not, that’s okay too.
Post # 14
I have 5 months left and I started DIYing a year ago. I’ve got pretty much everything done though. You don’t have to necessarily start right now but you could start getting ideas of what you want to DIY and if you see materials for some of your projects on sale or something go ahead and pick them up!
Post # 15
@sprout: We got engaged Nov. 2011 and I started in Feb of 2012. I did some here and there so I didn’t have so much to do at once. I got everything bought for my center pieces, shower favors, wedding favors, and the ceremony bought the first few months we were engaged. I got all my ribbon cut the beginning of this tear so I just have to put everything together. I wanted to few stuff done as soon as possible so I wasn’t rushing at the end.
Post # 16
@sprout: Our date is in March and I have made a few signs and things because I figure much wont get done around the holidays and then with worrying about rsvp cards and seating charts and logistical stuff I figure not too much can be done too early. I am holding off making programs or things like that since timeline could change but really I feel like the holidays and the beginning of a new year always go by fast and then its two months out and I am in graduate school so I do NOT want to overwhelm myself hahaha so bottom line is unless you think you will chance your minds go ahead and get things done as you have time for them