Post # 1
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
When we first got engaged I was totally gung-ho about diy decor, invitations, etc. to keep costs down.. but the more and more I do, the more I just want the very best in terms of materials and getting things perfect, and it’s starting to cost more than it would be if I had settled for store bought!
Case in point, our invitations (this isn’t counting man hours which is where you see your most monetary savings, of course). For 100 invitations, our breakdown is starting to look like…
- Double sided color printing, 2 different sheets for main invite – $260 (I printed too many copies though, and am eating the cost)
- Embellishments – $70 + $16
- bulk ink for self printing invite inserts – $40
- special plantable seed paper – $200
- Large and RSVP envelopes – 40
So it’s exploded into about $6 per invite, and that’s not even including stamps or belly bands!!
I LOVE what I’ve been doing and I love that so much of our wedding will be filled with our hard work and fun ideas, but shoot I originally thought diy would save us money!!
Anyone else facing the same thing??? Please tell me I’m not alone in my crazy exploding diy budget…
Post # 3
Yes!! I found an STD that was free. All we had to do was print it. But then I realized they had to be cut. Sure, I could have done it myself but I would be irritated if it wasn’t a straight line.
Then after that, I realized we had to add the actual wedding information, because all the print out was, was a print out…not personalized. So add $25 to have personalized stickers.
Then, this morning I realized we forgot to add the website info. I thought maybe I could write it on the bottom but decided, after posting here, it would be tacky. Plus, we have a password…there is only so much room. So it’s back to the printer I went to have those cards printed and cut.
Then the cost of the twine and envelopes.
I should have just done a damn card on a website and been done with it. This is the last DIY I will do.
Post # 4
My time is valuable. VERY valuable. So, valuable that the only way I’m DIYing a project is if the cost of outsourcing the labor and materials is far more than I’m comfortable paying or it would be STUPID cheap and easy to just do myself.
I worked with a lady that spent hours every day after work DIYing everything under the sun for her wedding. That was a sacrifice I wasn’t willing to make. If it was that time-intesive and expensive then I don’t really need it. If it would suck up all my free time I’d rather just find the money elsewhere and pay to have it done.
Post # 5
My veil will be way more than it would be to buy a “typical” veil, but not more for the same quality, if that makes any sense.
I spent quite a bit (as in, around $300) for my veil materials (silk tulle and French Alencon lace). A comparable veil would retail for at least $600.
Post # 6
@claireos: Haha I’m the opposite of you. I’m time rich, money poor so DIY was the obvious solution for me.
If you’re going to DIY to save money, do everything yourself, nothing pre-made or pre-cut. Also, look for junk items that you already have around that house that you can use (i.e. old glass jars, left over paper scraps, etc). I printed at home, cut and assembled everything myself, and used the left over scraps to make other items (i.e. left over cardstock from the invites was used to make ceremony programs). I think my total cost for invitations, postage, programs, tissue packets, thank yous, flowers (1 bridal, 1 Maid/Matron of Honor, 1 Bridesmaid or Best Man, 2 nosegay, 10 mini bouquets for aisle, rose petals for tables), menus, cardbox, cake topper, centerpieces, aisle decor, sweet n salty buffet, groom’s gift, ring pillow, boutonnieres, escort cards, favors, framed signs, bar menu, personalized hangers, bridal jewelry, BM’s jewelry, and anything else I DIY’d (I’m sure I’m forgetting something) cost me under $900 for everything.
Post # 7
@Elyson You are NOT crazy or alone! I am going through the same process and doubting myself for DIYing in the first place. My huge DIY project was the centerpieces. I thought I would be saving us a ton of money by avoiding costly fresh flowers. Boy was I wrong! My wine bottle centerpieces that started simple turned into a much costlier project than I anticipated. $100 for christmas lights, money for glass drill bits, another $100 just in batteries. It’s adding up at an astronomical rate and I could smack myself for not just doing the darn easy flowers!
I also DIYed my invitations which nearly turned into a disaster due to an unforseen ink smudging issue. DIY is hard, very, very hard. Especially while trying to maintain a normal life whilst wedding planning. I find that I spend nearly every single day after work doing some kind of DIY crafting activity. While the decor, invitations, etc. will be unique, it is time consuming and did not save me the money I thought it would. Lesson learned! 🙂
Post # 8
@elysion: Sorry I find comfort in this!
Same, I went so gung-ho at the very beginning, and now I’m just regretting it. And I have so much stuff and no where to put it.
I was convinced the venue’s centrepiece options weren’t the style I was after, but now I’ve had another look and they would’ve worked… And we would’ve spent less! Argh!
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
I’m so glad to hear that I’m not alone in this!!! To be clear though, I don’t regret DIYing… I just can’t believe how expensive it’s gotten to be…!
btw, in reference to my original price breakdown……………. I didn’t even need to extra ink!! LoL -_-**
Post # 10
Yes! Thank you! I was going to do my own invitations until I found I could get EVERYTHING for $60. And not the ugly, cheapo ones but really pretty ones that match our themeperfectly. Last night I was in Michael’s trying to figure out how to make a sand ceremony shadow box/frame like the ones I’ve found online for about $50-$60ish. I realized it was going to cost me probably at least $40 and that was hoping it turned out well the first time. That was without sand or jars for the sand…Sheesh! Maybe I am overthinking some things. I’m not sure…but I’ll probably end up doing really simple glass jars if I still do the sand thing or buying the one off etsy because me trying to make one of those frames is not going to be as nice as the ones online. I don’t want it to look cheapy if I’m going to keep it in my home forever.