(Closed) How did you narrow down DIY projects?!

posted 6 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I didn’t, but I should have. I made the ceremony backdrop (tons of starburst pinwheels in various colors), table numbers, invites, save the dates, programs, crepe paper/coffee filter flowers for the centerpieces, painted vases for centerpieces, menus, wedding cake and desserts for dessert buffet, embroidered handkerchiefs for parents, bouquets and bouts for the bridal party, my veil and fascinator, all wedding signage, favor bags, escort cards, escort card frames. I might be forgetting some, but seriously. Do yourself a favor and only DIY what’s really important. If I could go back, I would definitely have cut back. It was a lor of work. Good luck!

Post # 4
6215 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

Oh gosh, I haven’t started many things yet but I think I’m going to end up in the same boat as sweetie78. I think the best thing to do is prioritize them, and then cut the list in half lol

Post # 5
1642 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I asked myself three questions:
1) Is it necessary?
2) Will it save me money?
3) Will my guests appreciate it?

If two out of three were yes, I did it.

Post # 6
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

A big deciding factor for me was WHEN things need to be done. If they need to be done in the last few days before the wedding, they’re worth outsourcing to me or figuring out a different way to do them. I don’t need that kind of uncertainty and craziness. If they can be done far in advance, then I’m generally willing to take them on (I love crafts and projects).

Examples: Setting up my own centerpieces the day of – nope, hiring a DOC. I’ll have enough to do that day. But I am designing them and ordered all the supplies for them.

Linens – could have bought them for the same price as renting them and then re-sold them, but I realized I’d be in charge of making sure they weren’t wrinkly, getting them put on tables, getting them OFF of tables at the end of the night, etc. Willing to pay for the labor and for it to be someone else’s problem.

Was planning on DIY’ing my own flowers fresh, ordered online. Realized that was hugely risky and possibly crazy-making (20 centerpieces + wedding party flowers, and I have high expectations of crafts). I decided to go silk instead – and they’re all done now. Feels SO good.

Photobooth – there are great tips on DIY online, but I don’t want to play tech support the night of the wedding. Since that’s something that has to be done “real time,” I’m outsourcing it.

Invitations – doing them myself because I can do them slowly over time.

My DIYs include: Save the Dates, Invitations, Programs, Menu/Entertainment Cards, Location signage, flowers, centerpieces, hand-painted aisle runner, Card box, Tags for the streamers at the end of the night, monogram, giant Jenga game for the reception.

I’m also doing some trades to bring down some of the costs of my other services (trading with DOC, seamstress, and salon) – so those are DIYs in some way too.

Post # 7
986 posts
Busy bee

So far, I’m DIYing my table numbers, my in memory of frames/letters, the guest book, and potentially some photo bunting to hang in between the ceremony space and the reception space, so people can look at that as they stand in line to sign the guest book.

Post # 8
327 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Canal St Inn

@LizLemon:  Awesome plan. And your name inspiration is equally awesome. Money is usually my biggest swaying factor. There were at least 5 projects I scrapped, or trimmed off, simply because I thought it wasn’t worth the cost.

I’m DIY-ing as much as possible, and thankfully I have a bunch of wonderful girly friends who are helping me out. So far I’m making all bouqets, bouts, corsages, aisle decorations, centeripieces, save the dates, invites, welcome bags and a bunch of small decor stuff. Favors are I think the only thing I’m not DIY-ing.

Post # 11
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I told Fiance about them first. He vetoed a lot of them (save the dates, invitations, flowers). So far I’m doing my veil and centerpieces.

Post # 12
2692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Didn’t think I’d be a diy bride but budet forced me to be plus I am crafty and love doing projects, so i guess I was cut out for the task.  I decided to only diy items that would be

a: easy for me to do and didn’t take too much time

b: would save me a lot of money (some of my diy was free)

c: that was fun to do

Some of the diy I did was not necessary but it was either, free or so cheap I couldn;t pass it up and super easy.  I know my limits and skill set, I was not going to bite off more than I coudl chew.

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