(Closed) DIY: How many do you have & How much is too much?

posted 9 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
135 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’ve got quite a long list too. I think as long as its worth it to you, then its fine. It may not save you money, but if it gives your wedding that personal touch, it’s totally worth it.

My list:

invitations, centerpieces, wedding favors, all bouquets and bouts, flowers for my hair, programs, table numbers, sweetheart table decor, reception decor, ceremony decor, and prolly a lot more than I can’t think of right now lol

Post # 4
795 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Can I ask, where are you getting married in Madison? I’m from Janesville initially and thought abut getting married in Madtown, but Fiance and I live in Baltimore and I couldn’t count on my Mom (I love her, but she’s kind of lazy) to help with long distance planning….

Anyhow, I don’t think I had made a list formally, so this is a really good idea!

  1. Fabric flower bouquets: 3 Bridesmaid or Best Man and me
  2. Fabric flower boutennieres and corsages (2 Moms and Coordinator)
  3. 10 centerpieces
  4. 70 programs
  5. 50 Invitations, design, send design to Boxcar to get photopolymer plate and letterpress
  6. 30 Out of Town Bags
  7. Oops kits for BMs
  8. 70 Menus
  9. Lemon bar and fudge favors
  10. Strung pearl backdrop for wedding ceremony to be transported to reception down the hall for DIY photobooth
  11. Painted stemmed votives filling with wax
  12. Ceremony decor, still working on it

Wow, that’s a little frigthening now that it’s all down…

Post # 5
209 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

hmmmm… I’m a very crafty person but have yet to make a true list.  Here’s what I’m thinking, we’ll see what gets done by November:

1.  Invites- belly bands, stamping, and liners

2. Table numbers

3. napkin rings (x130)?

4. Wall decor

5. outside decor

6. Signage (candy table, etc)

7. Bathroom/refreshment baskets

8. Out of Town bags

9. bridal party gifts which may/may not mean sewing some sort of clothing

10. Bridal party head pieces

11. Bridal party sashes

Post # 7
795 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

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@MadTownGirl:  That sounds really lovely. I love Madison in the wintertime. Everything just seems so wonderful πŸ™‚ 

Post # 8
1284 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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Post # 9
1284 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I have been trying to limit my “big” DIY projects… and to take on smaller ones as I feel able to πŸ™‚


1. Invitation suite (half done)

2. Programs

3. Feather boutonnieres (done)

4. Faux calligraphy (half done)

5. Table numbers

6. Out of Town Bags

7. Bathroom baskets

8. Mr. and Mrs. signs (done)

9. “Just Married” parasol (done)

10. Thank you sign (done)

11. Maid/Matron of Honor headpiece 

12. Oops kits for bridesmaids and groomsmen

13. Photo booth (this is ALL Fiance… lol)

14. “Just Married” tank top for honeymoon (done)

15: “Just Married” drawstring bag for honeymoon (done)


I seriously love DIYing for the wedding! So much fun πŸ™‚

Post # 10
300 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013 - Colonial Country Club, Ft. Myers, FL

Pretty much all my decorations are DIY or semi-DIY, and the list keeps growing lol! We decided on a long engagement so that we could afford everything, plus I knew I wanted to do a lot of stuff myself (not just to save money, but I also am enjoying it!)

1. All bouquets, bouttonieres and corsages

2. Centerpieces

3. Table numbers

4. Cardbox with sign

5. Mr. & Mrs. banner for Sweetheart Table

6. Invitations, Save the Dates, and Menus

7. Wishing Tree & Tags

8. Ceremony centerpieces and decor

9. Favors

10. Ceremony arch (FI insisted that he have his own special project because he felt like he couldn’t help me with any of my “girly” projects…he is making an arch out of old vintage shutters and we will decorate it all pretty)

11. I will probably end up doing my own makeup, since I’m a makeup artist and that way I can afford an airbrush artist to cover up my tattoos πŸ™‚

There is probably more, but I can’t remember!

Post # 11
22 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

I have until September 2013, so I have time!

1. Invites – 100ish

2. Ribbon veil

3. Silver and gem headpiece for me

4. Silver and crystal jewelry for me and possibly Maid/Matron of Honor (if she doesn’t bail on me)

5. OOS booklets – these are big as I am explaining lots in them for our Handfasting

6. 100ish masquerade masks, make and decorate

7. Lolly buffet – cord celtic knots for the jars, wooden signage, and gingerbread bikkies

8. Decorate 100ish 16 ounce food containers for the lolly buffet

9. Centerpieces.

10. Photo scavenger hunt lists for each table.

11. STD’s

12. Write the final draft of the ceremony – handfasting isn’t following most traditions

13. Cardbox decoration

14. Drying rose petals and shredding homegrown lavender for decoration and for people to throw – plus making the cones

15. Escort cards

I think that is it. I am hoping that is oh wait

16. Making the body products that are my ‘thank you’s to certain people.

17. Feather bouquet/silk flower bouquet.


Post # 12
423 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I dont think I’ve got too much to do.. if anything I’ve sourced out my DIY to my family haha.

These are a few things I’ll be working on in mid-April and May when school is over:

  • Bunting (probably about 100 feet worth of yellow, grey, white and teal flags)
  • Table numbers/pictures (this will be the most time consuming in some ways because it requires us driving across Canada… although we would be doing that anyways. I’m taking pictures of us in front of every province’s “Welcome to…”  sign)
  • “Just Married” sign and a “Love Notes” sign (for our card suitcase) made of burlap
  • My fascinator.. I already made one but I don’t like it so I’ll have to try again
  • Collecting funky things for our photobooth
  • Napkin rings (we’ll see how time consuming this is)
  • Cake stands made out of candle sticks and old china plates of my grandmothers

I’m getting my family to make planter boxes and fill them with succulents for my centrepieces. As well as my grandma is making my bridesmaid dresses.

Other things I’m doing closer to the day include cupcakes, wiring succulents for the bouquets and bouts, and a few things I’m forgetting.

Post # 13
190 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I don’t feel overwhelmed by my list at all. I am not crafty but I am good with technology so if I could make it on the ol’ Macbook then it was a go.

1. All my day of paper – programs, menus andtable numbers

2. My escort “cards” – the florist is ordering billy balls for each person a I am creating flags that go on each stem with their name and table number.

3. Welcome bags for each of my guests.


Considering bathroom baskets too but will get there later. I don’t feel overwhelmed at all but my list is short. 

Post # 14
138 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m happy to see some of your lists; makes mine look so much better.  All my friends think I’m nuts to be doing so much.  Glad to see I’m not alone. Here is my list:

-Favors 40 sets of 4 quilted coasters



-all centerpieces and table decorations

-table runners

-rose petal aisle runner

-14 pomanders

-map insert for invites

-ceremony and reception decor

-cupcakes and stand

-placecards and menus

-guestbook thumbprint tree

I think that’s it; but I’ve probably missed something or I’ll come up with more things to do yet!


Post # 15
9024 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I had a lot of DIYs but I made it through them all, it was tiring but it was so worth it seeing it all come together. Here is my list, atleast this is what I remember so far

  • Flower girl pomanders (3)


  • peacock feather bouts (6)


  • bridal bouquet


  • pew bows


  • Invites (folding, stamping, addressing, cutting inserts)


  • Envelope liners


  • 8inch round paddle fans


  • Flower girl headbands (3)


  • Escort cards


  • customizing my veil by adding birdcage


  • strassing hair sticks for BMs (5 pairs)


  • Painting and gluing wooden letters for centerpieces


  • Cake stand


  • favors {assembling pillow boxes}


  • folding and stringing 200 paper cranes


  • decor for the head table
  • programs {desiging, cutting, and tying with ribbon}



Post # 16
166 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’ve posted my list before but it is always changing it seems-


Bouquets (BMs)






Index card Guest book

Chalk board

That may be all, for now anyways.

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