DIY vs Hire – Would cost the same. What would you do?

posted 2 months ago in Decor
  • poll: Buy/make decor items or hire for same cost?
    Buy/make yourself : (3 votes)
    4 %
    Hire : (68 votes)
    96 %
  • Post # 16
    974 posts
    Busy bee

    I think you made a good decision to hire. You also have to think about what you’ll be doing the day before your wedding. Rehearsal dinner? You might not even have time to go to your venue to decorate. And if you do, it will likely take you much longer than you imagine. I wouldn’t want to be up all night the day before my wedding, possibly stressed. Let the professionals take care of it!

    Post # 17
    1722 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    MissAnon_UK :  I promise you that it is so not worth the stress to DIY it unless you’re saving TONS of money

    Post # 19
    939 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    MissAnon_UK :  I’m all about saving money, but time and stress also need to be quantified. In your situation, the cost difference between DIY and hire is negligible. When you then add on your time (how much you make per hour multiplied the number of hours it will take you to decorate), hiring somebody else actually ends up being cheaper. I voted HIRE.

    Post # 20
    2686 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    100% hire

    Post # 21
    236 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2018

    MissAnon_UK :  People think that silk flowers ar cheaper than real flowers, but at the end of the day, they are absolutely just as expensive.  If you are going to DIY centerpieces, do candles or something, but silk flowers totally not worth it.

    Post # 23
    339 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2017

    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! 

    Post # 24
    1495 posts
    Bumble bee

    This is a total no brainer to me. We had planned to DIY but found someone who will do our decor for a bit more. This includes set up and take down. We jumped at it! So much less to think about, and realistically, its going to look better than DIY.

    Post # 25
    236 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2018

    MissAnon_UK :  I’m telling you this because I sort of know from experience.  I was planning on doing silk flowers, because I can’t justify the cost either.  It ended up being approximately as expensive as real flowers.  I still didn’t want real flowers, so I decided to DIY my bouquet with paper flowers instead (as I have time, and it’s my only DIY project).

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