(Closed) Anyone doing a LOT of DIY?

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
5263 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I am, but I have the same philosophy as you: I’m doing as much as I can in advance, so if it looks cheap, I can scrap that project and either start over or find a pro. I think I’m kind of training myself to get better, ha ha!

Post # 4
1426 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Well, I’m DIYing my centerpieces and all the reception decorations, the ceremony flowers, table numbers, place card holders (little split wine corks), cake topper, programs, and a couple other little things like that.  However we decided not to DIY any of the “big” things like music or food.  I went back and forth on whether to do my own cake for a long time, but in the end I decided I wasn’t considering doing it myself because it would save money or look better, but because I was a control freak, and that wasn’t a good enough reason πŸ˜‰

I did not DIY the invitations, which surprised a lot of people.  But in the end I found that for me to make the ones I wanted it would end up costing more…

Post # 5
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

i did a ton of diy. i also started early, and my only advice about that is to watch out because odds are you’ll change your mind and/or find something you like better. i’d spend days working on something and than find something cuter online that i’d want to do, but usually i would just stick to my original.

Post # 6
655 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I had an 18 month engagement, and was doing stuff like making invitations and calligraphing envelopes of home owners over a year out. People would hear and act like I was crazy, but now we’re down to the final months and it feels great not to be rushed because I got so much done last year. The only downside is that doing things so early, you have to make a decision and stick to it (ie colors, menu, what time everything is). I diyed lots of stuff and like the personal touch it will give my wedding. I think it is sensible, not crazy πŸ™‚ Go for it!

Post # 7
4001 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Starting early is a great idea!  I advise against anyone who thinks waiting until they’re a month out to start.  You’re smart to do it in advance!  I am so inspired by the DIY ideas that I see but I just don’t have the time… or the patience! 

Post # 9
4024 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I am! The only things we are hiring to be done is dinner, pictures (family friend though!), and I think thats its! We are doing the cake, flowers, invites, programs, hair, makeup, centerpieces, everything ourselves! I agree with starting early. Then you don’t feel rushed and if something goes wrong, you still have time! πŸ™‚

Post # 11
1752 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Can’t wait to HEAR how that goes.  I am doing invites, programs, escort cards, misc. reception decor, church decor, table numbers… and I bought all of my vases, votives.  I’m basically hiring someone for cake, food, arranging flowers & hair… and of course a seamstress.

Its getting down to the wire, and I’m stressed.  A lot that you can’t do till the end.  Programs depend on who is doing readings, what readings and music you select, etc.  Can’t do escort/table cards until you know who is coming… can only start table numbers till you know how many tables…

It’s possible, but it gets a little stressy at the end.. just my experience.

Post # 12
60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

My engagement is only going to be 5 months, and well, I’m still DIYing my centerpieces and all the reception decorations, table numbers, cake topper, tiered programs with monogram, thank you cards, candy buffet, guest book, card box, and a couple other little things like that. The major things like food, music, etc. are being done by “professionals”! Plus, I am excited to feel that sense of pride and accomplishment once everything is done, we’re married, and walk into the reception hall and see how all of my time and energy paid off! All of this for 300 people! Wow…I still have a lot to do and only one month to do it! Yikes!

You can do it and it will be great! πŸ™‚ Good luck!

Post # 13
703 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’m DIYing the table runners, containers for the floral centerpieces, gifts for my bridesmaids, the programs, table numbers, escort cards…

I was gonna DIY the invites but I found ones I liked for cheaper.  πŸ™‚  Wedding is in 5 months!  Ahhhh!

Post # 14
191 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think I’m DIY’ing more than I’m hiring out, haha. Seems like everything needs to be done by moi.

But I want it that way– I agree, it makes the wedding more personal, more you. So far, I’m DIY’ing:



-Programs/signs/escort cards, really any paper goods

-Candy buffet

-Signature drink

-All flowers/ centerpieces

-BM gifts, most likely


-Hair flower



I know there are a million other things but I just haven’t gotten that far yet, I guess. Still, it’s a lot… luckily most of it is already done or waiting to be completed. All the stuff I can think of, that is…

Post # 15
1313 posts
Bumble bee

Go GIRLS!!!!

I am also DIYing virtually every aspect of our wedding. I’m even going so far as to grow my own flowers. I am lucky enough that I’ll get this summer to do a growing trial to know what works and does not work for next year. As you all have said, I think starting early is the KEY!

Good luck to all of you and it’s wonderful to know so many others are giving their wedding such a personal labor of love!!!

Post # 16
167 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m doing nearly everything myself, mostly for cost-saving reasons. (The fiance doesn’t mind spending money, but I do!) So far, I’ve done my save-the-dates, which were very well received; most people didn’t realize I made them until my mother told them.

I’ve picked out my invitation kit, which I need to order soon. I’m pretty good with computer-printing stuff, so I think those will probably go fairly easily for me, too.

I plan to use FiftyFlowers.com for my flowers; I’m going to get one of their package deal thingies. Since I only have two bridesmaids, and my reception is a cocktail party style with no tables (= no centerpieces!), I won’t need a lot of flowers… so I think Mom and I can handle that. (We’ve already practiced with fakes. lol)

I’m having one of my good friends do my photography. He will be hired, yes, but he’ll be a lot cheaper than a wedding pro… and IMO, does just as nice work.

The reception food is included in my venue fee, of course. Oh, the cake… I’m having a family friend make that. Again, she will be hired, but will be a lot less than a bakery or specialty shop.

Not having a bridal shower or bachlorette party, so that saves money. (Hey, when you have very few friends and they all live far away… there’s really no point.)

So, all we’re paying for is the venue/catering, photography, cake, my dress, and groom’s suit (no tuxes). And the supplies for save-the-dates, invitations, and flowers. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself. Laughing

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