(Closed) Why are you having a DIY wedding?

posted 7 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Because I’m NUTS!!!  Hahaha!  Just kidding.  I really just wanted to add my own personal touches, but it has also helped save my parents lots of money.  My mom thought I was crazy to try to do so many things, but I love it!  We’re having a 21 month long engagement, so it helps pass the time to stay busy.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

its 50/50  for me.  yes it definately saves money,  but also—- i want what i want,  and no-one but me knows what that is,  i enjoy making things,  and also buying something and changing it a little to make it unique.

for me its really about wanting to do it myself more than saving money because my wedding is so small  (22 people)   i could easily save money in lots of ways.  but i want to be in there…..making my bridesmaids petticoats,  making their jewellery,  making my own for that matter. Its definatley because i love the personal touch.    and i get a lot of satisfaction by standing back and saying to myself….”i made that”

Post # 6
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570 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@anne B:  I agree it is 50/50 I have purchased items gave them my own touches just as you or have brainstormed ideas now to let my hubby and sister to have the creation come to life.

For the reception we have already purchased everything except for the linens . So far we are up to $3000.00 which should have cost $8000.00 clearance shopping hitting every store I can when I find wedding items

Post # 7
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154 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Budget mainly, but also becasue I like to be in control of when things get done so that if things don’t get done on time it’s my fault an no one elses.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

i offered to help you lol. im diy ing because i can get things done ahead of time and not wait to make sure everything is right because i know it will be right. im idiot proofing everything for the DOC at the venue

Post # 9
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207 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Calgary Opera Centre

I really just like making things. An awesome side effect is that it saves money!

Example: My mum asked why I was making paper flowers, and said that she could pay for real flowers, because you have to have real flowers, you shouldn’t not have real flowers because of budget…. I WANT to make flowers. Yes, the price of real flowers shocked me, but if I really wanted them, I would have figured out a way to have them, cut back elsewhere to put more in the flower budget. But instead I decided to have fun making them.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Money and pride, I guess…FI and I are looking forward to being able to say we pulled it off on our TIGHT budget!  Plus, I’m the last in my group of friends to marry, and after helping them plan their weddings, everyone expected something pretty fabulous from me, ha ha.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Some of our projects were done to save money.  For example, I discovered the the chuppah (wedding canopy) we liked would be $500 to rent–plus, since the rental would only have been for the day of the ceremony, we couldn’t have displayed it at the at-home reception.  I was able to make one using materials that cost under $200, and to sell it after the wedding for $200, so we saved $500 with that one project alone, in addition to being able to use it for both the ceremony and the at-home reception.

Other projects gave us personalized items we couldn’t have gotten commercially at any price.  For example, NotFroofy designed all of our paper projects with artwork derived from the design of our ketubah (formal Jewish wedding contract).

Post # 12
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762 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

You hit the nail on the head! It’s not only because of budget (which is a big part of it) but I also want a personal, less “cookie cutter” wedding and definatly for bragging rights! 🙂

Post # 13
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2701 posts
Sugar bee

I have been to so many cookie cutter weddings where everything was bought from fancy stores and they did exactly what was expected BLAH. We are different, and we needed a different wedding. I love to do crafts because it keeps me busy and honestly, I think some of my DIYs are pretty cool. My whole mindset is why pay someone to do something I can do? I have actually gotten business doing it for other brides now as far as invitations and bouquets. I also do cakes so I’ll even be doing my own cake! P.S. I am also a control freak and I don’t trust “professionals” to do most things and only because I’ve been let down too many times…

Also, bragging rights in a sense is a big one for me. I won’t necessarily brag, but it feels good to know I created something.

Post # 14
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477 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

DIYing just allowed me to pay for the things I really cared about, while making our guests think all of the DIYed stuff was intentional, when in reality it was saving me money.

For instance, paper goods.  I imagined a design in my head and pulled it off by finding a cute rubberstamp and two fonts I loved.  (The stamp was $14 and the fonts were free).  I put those bad boys on EVERYTHING.  Invitations, tissue packets, programs, placecards, menu cards, letters, favors, bar menus, thank you cards, everything.  Everyone thought we had some custom suite designed and instead I had been maniacally rubberstamping everything at my kitchen table for months.

Flowers were the same thing.  I had my dream florist do my bouquets, but made up the difference by DIYing all of the pew and altar flowers, bouts, corsages, and centerpieces.  Having my florist do all of the flowers would have eaten like 1/3 of my wedding budget!  But I knew exactly what flowers I wanted and how I wanted everything to look, so we were able to pull it off.

The things I didn’t want to skimp on, I didn’t.  We splurged on our church, guest shuttles, flying in my husband’s favorite ice cream from Michigan, and our amazing photographer.  And they were worth every penny.  But we saved the difference by having small wedding, a cheap cake, painting my own caketopper, making our own favors, designing our own paper goods, doing our own flowers, bringing our own booze, having a lunch reception, buying a $10 cardbox from Walmart, having a friend DJ off his laptop, and showing up to the church in my mom’s minivan.  

In the end, we came in on budget, paid cash, and everyone had a wonderful time.  🙂

Post # 15
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3314 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

It was a combination.  Some of my DIY were to save money – like my guestbook and my programs.  Some were to add a personal touch – like my cardbox and centerpieces (both of these I could have had for free, but chose to spend a bit extra and make so we had a very personal touch to our wedding).  Some were because I thought of them last minute and had no time to order anything – photoshare cards, escort cards, etc.

All in all, I’m very glad I did the DIY things I did!  🙂

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I have even gone as far as just booking a pro photographer to do my pictures that will put all the Hi RES images on to a disc.  I am a wedding photographer myself,  so why pay someone else to do a job i can do?  i will make my own storeybook album,  get it printed at cost price cos i am in the business,  and have it designed MY way,  with way more pictures in it than i give to my clients.

this has saved me hundreds of pounds……

I will pay her the going rate that she wants so we are all happy.  she gets her money and i save a wedge of it. 

i am intending to print a photograph for our guests as a thank you.  these will cost £1 each,  and i only need 10 because i only have 10 couples as guests. 

 

 

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