Post # 1
So im on overload… I’m on a really tight budget, but trying to plan yet a fabulous wedding. Being the somewhat crafty girl i am, ive gone through all the page of the DIY postings and have become just overwhlemed… i want to do it all!!
Where do i start?? Any tips on how to keep it all organized?
Post # 3
I definitely felt this way after seeing all the cute DIY options out there. Although I’m only DIYing a few things, I found it helpful to figure out which projects are absolute “must-have”, which ones are somewhat practical, and which ones are just for fun if I have time left over at the end. I would also focus on only 1-2 projects at a time once your figure out which ones are priorities.
Post # 4
I made myself a list of things I wanted to DIY – then prioritized them (factoring cost of purchase vs. buying) to help me figure out exactly what made sense to undertake.
Just remember to research all your DIY – sometimes it turns out that the material cost is more expensive than just buying the darn thing!
Post # 5
I would also suggest consider how much time it going to take to finish the project. Is it worth the extra time needed to diy? I’ve had to cross a couple of projects because I just didnt have enough time to finish the project or I thought that other projects were going to get in the way of each other.
Post # 6
Think about the items you definitely want/need for your wedding.
1) Programs – you’ll probably want them, do they need to be fancy or is simple fine with you? This is one of my DIY projects and I’m making paddle fans.
2) Escort Cards/Place cards – you probably want to do assigned seating, or at least seating at tables. Do you just want tent cards or do you want to embellish this one? Personally, we have very little time to decorate the room, so I made frames to post the escort cards on. I’m also going to buy name tag buttons for everyone because our families have never really met our friends or each other.
3) Ceremony decorations – what might you want to do here? Are you hiring a florist to do decorations for your aisle or arch? Do you want to do something of your own here? what about a ring bearer pillow? What other accessories might you use during the ceremony and what might you want to add? I couldn’t really afford flowers, so I made big mossy monograms to hang from our arch and I’m going to make ribbon pomanders for the backs of the aisle chairs. I’m also thinking about making braids of tulle in our colors and using it to drape along the chairs of the aisle so no one walks on my aisle runner other than the wedding party.
4) Reception decorations – Now this is the big one, right? But think about your space and what you can realistically do with it. What would you DIY here? Centerpieces? Stuff for a candy buffet? A box of flip-flops for dancing shoes? something special as a guest book? Think about how much time, money, and energy it would take for each of these. What would give you the biggest bang for your buck?
Also, think back to weddings you’ve attended. How much of any of these things did you even notice? Personally, I notice the bad, but not the good. Cheesy xerox’d programs. Fishbowl centerpieces with live fish. I couldn’t for the life of me describe a good centerpiece I’ve personally seen and I’ve been to over 20 weddings.
Post # 7
I used to work at a nonprofit and we would do lots of special events. We would create an itinerary for the day. On it were timelines, important cell numbers, such as photographer, dj, etc. I plan on creating and itinerary like this for my wedding, and the days leading up to it.
Like you, I’m doing lots of DIY, but I’m also getting help from friends. So this itinerary would be for me and all my helpers.
The hope is that with this itinerary, everyone will be on the same page and know exactly who is doing what without have to ask me every 5 minutes– for say the number of the late photographer, which does happen often with brides during weddings. (I’m an MUA and have seen many overwhelmed brides DIY and not.)
I’m even assigning someone to take off my doggie’s tuxedo and put him in the doggie enclosure after the ceremony (he’s in the wedding, hee hee!).
The process of writing it all down will also help you eliminate which DIY projects are not feasible.
Post # 8
Thanks ladies for all the tips! I guess my biggest dillema is deciding what to do!!!
Post # 9
Centerpieces are the most costly of everything, In my eyes at least. I did/and working on my Manazanita branch centerpieces. THey are not cheap but much less than elaborate/elegant flower displays. They are also a lot of work. I have also started my trial escort cards and ceremony programs. A great place for paper is paper-source.com they have beautiful paper and it is not that expensive. Always look for coupons too. And try cheap stores like Walmart. I was killing myself looking for vases/containers for my branches and I stumbles upon $8 Better Homes and Garden french buchet type vases. THey were perfect and not $20 each. I have about 25 tables and I wasn’t spending $20/vase.