When did you start purchasing your DIY projects?

posted 3 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
3280 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I started buying materials last month for our June wedding. I’m away at school and will be home for Christmas break and want to get all the DIY projects done during break. I would just wait until they’re on sale and buy whatever you want now. I got all the flowers for my centerpieces (30 tables, 2 sets per table) for under $30 at Michaels fall floral sale. I just wait around and if I see a sale on paint, etc I buy it then! 

Post # 4
975 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

@kansas_nurse:  Ha! I JUST put the order in for the rest of the supplies for my DIY projects. I have a butt ton of ideas and can’t wait to start working on them! My job is very seasonal so I gotta get a head start while I can.

Post # 5
298 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@kansas_nurse:  It never hurts to start early. My wedding was in August and I started buying things in October or November and started doing projects in January. Starting this early will let you wait for things to go on sale, Help you to not feel overwhelmed with projects closer to the wedding and gives you plenty of time if any projects don’t go smoothly. I had all of my DIY projects done about 2 weeks before the wedding and it made those last 2 weeks a little less stressful. 

Post # 6
2878 posts
Sugar bee

I started buying them a week ago ! We’re having a January wedding. I thought 2014 would be too close to the event to wait until there to buy what I needed. Now Christmas decorations are in stores, they is still plenty of choice, so I started by getting vases and decorated silver votives from the Dollar store, and silver branches from Homesense (TJX/Marshalls) for my centerpieces. 

I also plan on buying my accessories and shoes as soon as there are huge discounts after Christmas. 

We’re not doing a ”Christmas” theme at all, but it’s easier to have glitter and ornaments everywhere and use them to decorate, compared to any other season of the year. 

Post # 7
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I started purchasing items as soon as we became engaged, which was Dec 2012.

I however, have a very active job during the summer where I work 12+ hours, 6 days a week so I can’t be bothered with wedding plans during that time.

That being said I already have most of the smaller stuff purchased, we just have the larger items to go [which our tax refunds will help with a bunch!]

I don’t think it’s ever too early to begin shopping, just know that you might decide you don’t like certain things and end up replacing them. I probably have about $300 in stuff I’ve replaced because I didn’t like it [shrugs, jewelry, guest books, flower girl baskets], or because I changed colors, or started going another way with things.

Post # 8
1298 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@kansas_nurse:  If you are planning on doing silk flower arrangements, maybe you can slowly collect what you want between now and your wedding, as many craft stores (Hobby Lobby, Michaels, JoAnn) have weekly coupons and sales, but sometimes you can only use one coupon per day.

Keep in mind that holidays like Valentines Day, Mother’s Day, etc. sometimes come with good sales on silk flowers. I was able to get my silk orchid stems very cheaply with a Mother’s Day buy one get one free sale. 

Post # 9
1194 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@kansas_nurse:  Definitely whenever you see a good price or a sale. As long as you have a spare closet where you can store the stuff until you need it, you’re fine to stock up early. Depending on what you’re looking for you may be able to find some things marked down for Black Friday/Cyber Monday.

Post # 11
351 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Start shopping, comparing prices, and buying now. Educate yourself on the going rates for supplies. Sometimes DIY can be more expensive than renting things or buying them ready-made. I’d start buying the cute stuff to go on tables now. If there will be brooches in your silk bouquets, start looking for those now, too. Unless you can find a really good, cheap source, brooches can be pricey.

Start practicing now, too. Some of those crafts take practice. the first few bouquets I put together were laughable… but they got much, much better. For reference, I started making my bouquets 6 months before the wedding.

Are you designing the programs or other paper goods? I wish I’d worked on our paper stuff sooner; I designed it in advance and then dropped the ball on actually getting it printed. My husband took my program design to Kinko’s a day before the wedding. Cutting it so close was stressful, and if we had shopped around more, we could’ve found a better deal on printing.

Post # 13
627 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Scottish Rite Cathedral (New Castle, PA)

I started about 10 months before our wedding and now about 5 months out I’m almost done with all the projects that I can do before hand (programs, timelines, etc. I can’t do until closer to). So, the earlier the better I’d say! It’s nice to have things done and not have to feel rushed about anything. 🙂

Post # 14
37 posts

I know this is a little late, I am away at school as well and my breaks are a very crucial time to get a lot done. I have a year and half engagment and I have started now. I have been scoping out Craigslist and other boards to get materials that I need that I can’t just run to Wal Mart for, like antique windows, etc. Good Luck!

Post # 15
3432 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

One thing to be aware of is how much storage space you have in your home.  Just remember, you’ll need to store the materials and/or the finished projects from now until your wedding.

Post # 16
310 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@kansas_nurse:  If you can find friends or family with room to store. I started buying a year ago, hit up christmas sales, summer sales, any sales that apply really. Craft stores, I pretty much couponed everything I bought as well. It takes time so start early in my opinion.

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