Post # 1
- Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country
In looking back, I realize I spent a LOT of money on failed DIY projects before I came up with the final projects I used in my wedding. I think it was worth it just to have a "handmade" wedding, but I admit to spending a lot of money on projects that went to waste. To you, is/was your DIY worth it?
Post # 3
I don’t look at DIY as a way to save money as much as a way to personalize your event. I’m looking forward to doing DIY stuff so that I can get the exact look that I want! DIY is a neurotic woman’s dream! 🙂
Post # 4
KateMW is a woman after my own heart!! I’m so neurotic and controlling that there is NO way I could NOT have a DIY wedding! Part of it is to save money – I can make 100 personalized cookie favors for less then the $5 they charge on sites and they are just better because I made them! – the other part (the bigger part, I think) is so that I can control every detail that is going to be my wedding. From the invitaions, to the favors, to the flowers. Maybe I need to get some help – from a shrink!!
Post # 5
As some of the other commenters said–some of our DIY projects saved a TON of money while also being classy (favours, for example, or getting our invites printed in Asia), and some were just a way to add extras that really fit with what we wanted (groom’s cake, wreaths, table decorations). I don’t think we spent MORE on what we DIY’d than we would have it we bought it, but it wasn’t always a huge savings.
Post # 6
- Wedding: March 2009 - Beach Social Hall
DIYing was totally worth it to me; it was not only a way to personalize my wedding, but also gave me a chance to have fun (I love to craft).
Post # 7
I loved all of my DIY projects but the two I am most proud of is creating the bustle for my dress and making my own veil. I saved a TON of money and it kept me busy during my summer planning months. I also got tons of compliments on the wedding favors — chocolate daisy suckers that my moh and I made. They were amazing, and once again saved me a lot of money!
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2008 - Imperia Hotel (modern chic hotel)
IT was worth it for me because I didnt have any trial and error… luckily. So all my money was used and not thrown in the garbage.
I saved a lot of money doing things myself… so ya it was worth it
Post # 9
i did DIY to insert a little of us into it, and just cause it was plain ol’ fun!
Post # 10
dont bite off more than you can choose. Keep it simple and if you have any craft friends enlist them to help. Leave the tricky stuff for the pros. Its totally worth it!!!!
Post # 11
- Wedding: March 2009 - Byodo-In Temple, Luau Reception
I second Kate. While I did save money in some aspects of DIY-ing, I also spent money on trial and errors. DIY-ing was an affordable way for me to totally customize my wedding. All those personal touches is what makes a wedding yours.
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2020 - Holy Family Catholic Church, reception: National Infantry Museum
I’m DIYing to interject our personality. There are things I could have never afforded to do without DIY, even with the failed projects!
Post # 13
I can be a little bit of a control freak, so I love DIYing because it lets me have 100% complete control over certain aspects of the wedding while leaving other areas up to the professionals. I haven’t had too many failed projects yet, but I have been buying way more supplies and tools than I actually need to complete my projects. I have a feeling I will find some use for them in the future, so I don’t feel like it’s tooooooooo much of a waste. 🙂
Post # 14
I couldn’t do it. it took way to long. sorry:(
Post # 15
I think if you’re good at DIY, then go for it. But I sometimes have that "vision" but can’t quite make it work. So I’m the person that wastes a lot of money on DIY, and then I end up not using it. Or, I buy all the supplies, and then don’t have the time to complete the project.
Post # 16
Yes they were worth it, BUT I only did DIY projects that I knew would less expensive or less stressful than paying for them AND that I had experience/skill to do. I didn’t buy any new tools and kept the projects simple. I also price checked everything first, to make sure that it really would be less expensive (if that was the reason I was DIYing). And I limited myself only to the projects that I really cared about (ie, I wanted to do myself for reasons of sentemetality or desire for individuality) to not overload myself. You need to know your limits.