(Closed) Am I the only one who didn't DIY anything?

posted 7 years ago in Decor
Post # 17
2196 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Nope!  We have vendors doing everything major and I’ve bought a lot of things from Etsy (although more like gifts for my girls & FH, flower girl attire etc).

I’m a perfectionist without a bone of DIY skill in my body, no way I was going to subject myself to attempting to make anything because I can guarantee I wouldn’t be happy with the result ๐Ÿ˜› 

Post # 18
105 posts
Blushing bee

My mental state would go way south if I tried to DIY anything because it would never be good enough.  I definitely get why it makes you feel like a bride failure – I do too.  But I want to avoid stress as much as possible or I’ll probably cancel the entire thing.

Post # 19
3208 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@FoxyBride14:  I’ll be getting married a couple of weeks after my final law school exams, and a few weeks before sitting for the bar exam.

Sooooo no DIY for me ๐Ÿ™

Post # 20
1163 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@FoxyBride14:  the only thing I can possibly claim as being DIY is hot glue gunning a blue ribbon around an already-purchased birdcage, and then gluing the already-made signage onto said ribbon. So yeah, not much of a DIY-er here either!

Post # 21
8482 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

The only thing I did was put together my BMs and Flower Girl bouquets. I’m not at all crafty!

Post # 23
3208 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

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@FoxyBride14:  haha thanks, I have plenty of time since our date isn’t until May 2015. I guess if I really hone in on my vision, I can get plenty of DIY on before then. 

Post # 24
3657 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

@FoxyBride14:  My observation of most DIY items from this website is that they are completely unnecessary.

At a wedding reception you need: food, probably a cake. Your vendor can handle that.

You will need some table coverings, plates, cutery, chairs. Your venue will have that or can arrange it.

One could DIY the table decorations, but that’s about all that I would consider doing and I like doing flower arrangements. I would DIY a bridal bouquet because I love fusisng with flowers. Done.

The “cardboxes” and Out of Town baskets and cutesy signs and all of the other DIY junk–not necessary.


Post # 25
1489 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I DIY-ed a lot of things …however….Half of my DIYs were really things bought as-is that I repurposed or used in the purposed fashion…

cardbox  –  a birdcage from Marshalls. My DIY was…cutting a few wires off so the guests could drop cards inside. 

name placeholders –  wine corks….and my DH actually did the cutting and dicing, I can’t really even take credit for it. I just printed up the names on cardstock, lol.   I can take credit for helping DRINK the wine though…not sure if that counts.

invites – pre-printed invites from Michaels…I just printed them up!  …and used some hand double-sided tape where needed!

earrings – also diy. but I tracked down the main components, which must count for something. I glued and I used pliers to move jumprings.  It was impressive, really. 

so I guess most of the things I did were not true DIY…a lot of stuff I looked into would have been too insanely expensive to true-blue DIY…especially invites and cardboxes (why the HELL are these things so expensive to buy or make????)…so I just partial-DIY-ed where I could to save on some things and moved on with the rest.  

all I’m trying to say here…. you may not have a lot (or any) DIY but you are still a worthy bride! ๐Ÿ™‚  No failures here!!



Post # 26
1680 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@FoxyBride14:  I DIY’d a lot, but that’s not the point of my post… Common Core. Ick! This year, (my first year) I created an entire consumable textbook that covers all of our state’s assessment standards. (My textbook was fromt 2002) Next year, I get to do it allllll over again with common core. I feel your pain!

Post # 27
6354 posts
Bee Keeper

if you don’t count designing each other’s engagement rings, we have not and don’t plan to DIY anything.

Post # 28
980 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@FoxyBride14 I felt the same way i thought i was a massive failure because i was awful at DIY, the only thing i am determined to DIY are my invites,my centrepieces and my programmes.

I had every intention on Diying almost everything but i after a couple of unsuccesful attempts at making bouttonieres, decoupage shoes and bouquets i gave up and just bought them.

Post # 29
1475 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Don’t feel bad. The only things I’ve DIY-ed are my bridal bouquet (fabric and brooches – because I wanted something very specific and didn’t want to pay $300 for it on Etsy) and our Save-The-Dates (took about 20 minutes on Photoshop).

I had thought about doing all of our centerpieces myself, but after consulting with a florist, it’s actually less expensive (and less of a hassle!) to let her do it! DIY isn’t always cheaper!

Post # 30
1119 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@FoxyBride14:  If you can afford for other people to do stuff for you, then why not! I don’t know why people think you HAVE to DIY stuff as a bride. It’s not like there’s some unspoken rule that says ‘all brides MUST DIY, or else they suck’.

If anything, you’re smart for saving yourself the stress and hassle! That said, I DIYed my invitations but only because I actually enjoy paper craft. Couldn’t be stuffed DIYing anything else ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 31
9575 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

I am a DIY queen, stylist, crafts(wo)man person so Ill be making things but I dont think it will save me any money. It will just be additional details that will make my heart happy.

Might save a bit on DIYed paper: STDs, programs, menus, placecards but Ill pay for letterpress invites. And probably spend any savings on other crafty projects: escort table, card box, signage, favors etc. 

I also want to source a lot of antiques which will take time, work and shipping costs. But I will thoroughly enjoy and will resell the lot after the wedding.

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