(Closed) DIY: When is too soon? too late?

posted 7 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
10714 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

@superh2ogirl: I don’t have time frames but my wedding is June 2012 and I’ve started my DIY projects… if you can do them a little at a time and store them away I think it’s worth it (no overload of stress later on) It’s not too much stretched out over time… Just do them as you have time =)

Post # 4
624 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Well if you have spare time why not start working on some things now? Get a box or set them aside and you’ll be good. Start off with the things that take the most amount of time first, like the pomanders. Also what you could do is start a few projects, then finish them later, just so you’ve actually started something. Your list isn’t too bad, I love the theme you’re going with! I would start the pomanders now, when you have spare time becuase they can take a while to get done depending on how you do them.

Post # 5
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I started everything the second I was engaged at over a year out. If you know what you want and don’t think you’ll change your mind too much then go for it.

Post # 6
3222 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I would just start now, and pace yourself! I finished most of my DIY projects about a month ago, and now I just have to wait until the wedding at this point! You’ll be glad you started early!

Post # 7
2600 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

As long as you have the storage for it – start now!

Once you’ve committed yourself to a project though – try not to look at posts or blogs about whatever it is so you don’t change your mind after the fact and end up doing twice the work πŸ™‚

Things like the pomanders and runners/squares can be done now for sure and won’t take up too much room.  Many Bees have stored their pomanders on hangers.  I didn’t have the room for that, but I did have an empty wall in our spare room, so I just used pushpins and hung them from those πŸ™‚

Good luck!

Post # 8
405 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’ would say start as soon as you can as long as you are sure that you will stick to that idea!  I started my centerpieces almost right away (14 months out) and I am basically done with them with less than 4 months to go!  Plus you can stalk the stores for deals and coupon like crazy for the best prices.  Another hint from my friend.  If you are enjoying what you are doing, keep going.  If not, take a break.  So starting early helps… Good Luck! 

Post # 9
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

It really depends on the following

  • How much space do have you keep everything


  • How likely are you to change your mind about any of these things on your list

I was worried about the same thing, I wanted to make my fans and pomanders last year, but I’m glad I waited because I ended up finding a much nicer template for my fan than the one I had last year.

Post # 10
3295 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

well…. its three days before my wedding and im still diying! its never too late! but id tell you to start now! i had 13 months and started right away on diys and im still going so the more you can get done early… the better πŸ™‚

Post # 12
2600 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@superh2ogirl:  for the dust – thread the ribbon through the handles of a grocery bag, sort of like a dry cleaners bag covers your clothes πŸ™‚ 

I have the tissue paper cones I made covered in thin trash bags in my office to keep the dusty junk out.  Works awesome πŸ™‚

Post # 13
1636 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

mine is 2 years away and i have already started:)  never too early to start imho:)

Post # 14
57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@superh2ogirl: Start with the things that would not be ruined over time, store easily, and wouldn’t need changed much or at all.  I would start with the door and the signs.  I’m doing everything DIY too and my wedding is the month after yours.  I have all of my paper things finished and saved on my computer, that way I can make quick changes before printing them out.  I am also going to ribbon wands and a flower petal aisle runner this summer to get them out of the way.

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