Post # 1
I am completely arts and crafts impaired! I can’t even draw a good stick figure! Is there anyone else out there not doing a single DIY project or am I the only one??
I’m wondering if maybe I should look into some DIY projects….
Post # 3
i didnt think i was DIY material until i found this site!!! I love Wedding Bee, it gave me so many great ideas, I hand made our invites and party favors, its so exciting! You can be a DIY girl too!!!!
Post # 4
No DIY for me. I chose a semi-destination wedding (ie, a location where neither of us lives or is from, but that is still relatively convenient for our guests, who are spread out around the country), partly BECAUSE it would preclude me from getting wrapped up in DIY craziness. If it’s long distance, it’s hard to even think about doing much DIY. For me, I knew trying to DIY would ramp up the stress to an unbearable level. And I have seen too many brides work themselves into a tizzy creating and setting up details that people barely noticed. I’m staying focused on what will add to the experience (food, drinks, entertainment, setting) and not on “stuff.” Not that there’s anything wrong with DIY, but you have to know yourself and your limits.
Post # 5
I really really tried. I decided that paying $50 per carnation pomander for our aisle was just not happening so I tried making tissue paper pomanders. I reviewed at least 5 different tutorials on a number of sites and the consensus seemed to be that while extremely time-consuming, they were relatively easy to make and difficult to screw up. Thank god, because I’m not at all crafty.
Well, I screwed it up. Even my paper flowers were terrible. I experimented with tightening the wire, loosening the wire, cutting the paper strips longer, shorter, different methods of pulling up the “petals.” After what felt like a million attempts they started looking okay, so I started gluing them into the styrofoam balls. And they just looked uneven and not at all like the beautiful fluffy balls I had seen here and on other sites. I was so bummed!
I tried finding some used toissue pomanders for sale in the classifieds, I looked on Etsy, I dragged Fiance to the craft store to debate making silk flower pomanders, I even considered posting an ad here on the boards to see if someone wanted to make some extra cash by making the pomanders for me. Fiance thought I had lost my mind and begged me just to buy the inexpensive chair sashes I had been eying before the pomander bug bit me.
So I don’t think I’m even *allowed* to DIY anymore!
Post # 6
I’m not a crafty person either. and i refused at first to do any DIY stuff, but now that my budget has changed, everything I’m doing is DIY, and actually its kinda fun. I do get really mad sometimes because i look at everyone elses DIY stuff and mine doesnt look good like theirs. But money wise its so much better!
Post # 7
Nope. No DIY projects.
I’ve found that there are enough coupons & sales out there to get me products for cheaper than a DIY project AND I don’t have to spend the time putting them together. I’m easy to please and don’t have a super-specific-non-negotiable look that can only be accomplished via the DIY route. For instance – I just got 40 invites with 40 matching envelopes, matching labels, RSVP cards, and matching thank you cards that came to $130 for only $50 including shipping. That’s just one example. It takes a little more research but I’d rather research than spend my afternoon gluing something together, hoping I don’t screw up. 🙂
Props to the ladies who do have the patience though.
Post # 8
Deifnitely props to the ladies that have the time, patience, and craftiness to DIY. I’m glad I’m not alone!
Eglantine I’m with you. I picked a semi-destination wedding for this very reason. I wanted all the details to be taken care of for me! I don’t know if this makes me a snob or just lazy, but I’m going with the third option of they know what they’re doing and I don’t! I know it might be more money for them to do it, but like you said it’s less stress.
sportsgal31 lol! funny story! I totally sympathize! Im sure I would be in the same situation as you if I tried. I have seen the directions for those and I thought, hey I can do that. Kinda glad now I didn’t try! 🙂
claireos I totally agree. I’ve found a lot of discounts, called in favors, and for the flowers, went with in season cheaper flowers at bulk prices for the same look as out of season flowers. I found a really good florist that was willing to help with this.
Thanks girls! I feel much less like a slacker! 🙂
Post # 9
@sportsgal31: If there is any chance that you’re still wanting the carnation pommanders, they are so easy to make with silk flowers. No crafting ability required and you could make them for about $10 each! Message me if you’d like a tutorial 🙂
Post # 10
We had a couple of DIYs, but they were more of a design thing than a craft thing. I wish I were more crafty.
Post # 11
I am a very limited DIY bride. I have succeeded at a few things and failed miserably with others.
Post # 12
<— This girl is NOT a DIY’er. I basically handed the entire thing off to an event planner. Gave her my color scheme and the contacts of the rest of our vendors and told her to do whatever she wants! Makes my life easier
Post # 13
- Wedding: August 2011 - St. Joseph's Parish, Seattle Tennis Club
Ha. I didn’t really do any DIY projects! I made our programs (on some thick paper) and our menus (regular paper, stuck in Ikea frames) and called it a day.
Post # 14
I thought about being a DIYer but I gave up that idea a long timeago! I get really stressed and am a perfectionist if I had to do stuff myself I’d end up in a mental ward! I figured paying the extra money is worth my sanity! Lol
Post # 15
@DisneyBrideCKB: HAHAHA I could have written your post!! I can’t draw a stick figure either! They alwyas seem to have extra “parts” lmao
I’m not craft or a DIY girl but I’ve chosen simple tasks to DIY. Best thing is that I have a lot of close friends that ARE crafty and like to DIY so I will be having a craft/diy party at my house not long before the wedding. I provide food and wine they provide their skills!!!
Post # 16
i really like doing crafts, but when it comes to my wedding I do not trust myself to make anything that will look good! Also, I have like NO time to do anything!