We (okay I, while hubby napped or went fishing) DIY’ed a whole bunch of items for our wedding, but I left the “important” or “difficult” stuff to our decorator, like the backdrop… chair rental…
It sounds like I’m in the minority here, but I actually made back a significant amount (probably more than I spent) on things I DIY’ed. For example: this bar sign, I picked up a whiteboard from a local thrift shop for 10$, chalk painted the “frame” and chalkboard painted the white part (CHALKBOARD paint was 2$, grey chalk paint was about 9$ but I used it on many other projects) and added greenery from the dollar store. Cost less than 20$ to make, sold it for 50$
Also made this welcome sign (same thing, bought an old picture from thrift shop for 20$), painted the frame and took out the photo and backing. Sold for 40.
THESE greenery hoops are literally hula hoops (bought for 1.25$ each), spray painted gold and wrapped dollar store greenery around – sold them for 10$ each.
I also DIY’es our centerpieces but lots of people took those home at the end of the night so I only sold some leftover wood slices and a few random geometric shapes:
going to the venue the day of was actually not THAT stressful, but we also had a late ceremony and our decorator hung the hoops for us, so that cut down on time. But I was also a very “chill” bride (I stopped at the mall on my wedding too, to get my ring cleaned – the sales lady was freaking out that I was at the mall on my wedding day)… and my family knows me for my artsy abilities so I knew all my time and effort put into things would be appreciated.
The only thing I *DID* DIY that I regretted was our floral “selfie” backdrop – it was expensive to make, time consuming, a pain to stand up and didn’t get nearly as much use as I had hoped because we put it in a weird spot in the hall.
All in all, if you have the time to DIY and you think your guests would appreciate it, I would DIY small projects but leave the more time consuming stuff to the pro’s!