(Closed) How do you decide what DIY to do first?

posted 9 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
1022 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Maybe start with one that will take the longest?  I’m not having tons of DIY, but I do want to make my invites and all the paper products including the boxes that will hold the favors in them.  I’m starting with my invites.

Post # 4
2681 posts
Sugar bee

I had tons of ideas and knew just what I wanted to do but several of them I couldnt DIY until I had a better idea of how many guests (place cards, menu cards, etc).  I think I just did what was most important first which was the invitations.  After I got the major things out of the way, I was able to get to the ones I really wanted to do which were the menu cards and place cards!

Post # 5
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m starting on what is “due” first and most time consuming for me (STDs and invitations).

Post # 6
2 posts
  • Wedding: February 2009

I also had a bunch of DIY projects on my to-do list for my wedding so what I did was give each project an approximate timeline and according to that, chose projects that I knew either needed a lot of time, or could get done quickly and be stored away until the big day.

Post # 7
1288 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

I would start with whatever is the most tedious. If you’re planning on making 1000 paper cranes, for instance, I’d start now because that can get boring.

I haven’t exactly perfected my DIY schedule.. at all. I half-start things, they start going poorly, and I shove the sad project into my closet.

But that’s all ending this weekend, oh yes!

Post # 8
1205 posts
Bumble bee

Ok – the appropriate response would have some sort of formula and timeline..

The real response is a little different.  I did the exact same thing – I have had a list for a while and pick up random items all along the way.  One night I got the urge to be creative and poof – suddenly i was in the throws of DIY and later had a set of toasting glasses and a serving set as proof.  I have a random mix of things done and not done.  I just do what time allows for and try to be realistic about how long each project will take. 

In the end – it’ll all get done and as I get closer I may complete things by order of priority, but for now i’m happy just doing what I feel like.  Currently all wedding projects are off limits until after the holidays.  Tooooooo much holiday stuff to do!

Post # 9
2205 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I had no plan whatsoever.  i would think of a project, see what tools and supplies I had at home and get started.  Sometimes I would get half done and run out…then I would make craft store lists and try to get something accomplished.  The only DIY pejoect with a real plan and timeline was my invitations.  They took 2+ months from design to mailing, so i had to plan them for sure.

I would start with projects like ceremony decor, stationary/word related (STD, menu, signs, invitations, etc) and finish with favors and name cards.  Do as much ahead of time as you can…you won’t regret it!

Post # 10
7053 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I am about 9 months away and haven’t set the date as the ring landed about a week and a half ago!

Thus, I’d say begin with what is needed first and work down your timeline and list.

Do you need to save the date?  Great.  Send those out six months in advance.  Do you already know your venue?  Great.  Then see if there are any in advance DIY projects you can do to dress up the ceremony site or reception site and use this extra time to save money.

For me, it’s all about a timeline.  Working down the timeline.

And it’s not going to be hard.  Just make out a list!  You can do it.

Post # 11
1060 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - Anela Garden Chapel & Japanese Cultural Center, Honolulu

I’d start with mockups of everything first, just to see how long each will take.  Even if a project looks simple, it could turn out taking more time than you think! After you know the difficulty of what you’ll have to do, tackle the most time-consuming/difficult ones first.  You don’t want to save the stressful stuff for the last minute!

Post # 12
3539 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I decided that i was going to to my own save the dates, invites and that was in august and ive completed


Favours tags

3/4 though invites – simply because the way i chose to go about it was.. well.. a long process.

cake tablecloth with our names on…

and now im working on finishing the reply cards for invites, started making crepe paper flowers for decorations, working on hanging letters for the archway.

Im just doing what i can when i can, I still have 8 months to go, so starting early was the best decision i ever made, because well i dont handle stress so well and there was no way i wanted to turn into bridezilla. Also alot of projects happened because i was inspired by girls on weddingbycolor or on here..and also my fave blog averychocolatewedding or becoming his mrs.  They have been my motivation in going.. I WANT TO DO THAT! and i think i have now figured out i have a bit of a talent for this craft stuff where as before there was no way i would have given it a go!

Post # 13
58 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2007

I think you should do a combination of what’s “due” first and also what you are anxious to cross off your list.  For me I really wanted some of the “style” DIY (My veil, corsages, bouquet) over with so I could get a real picture of how things would look with my dress etc.  So after I did some of the more pressing things like invites, I moved onto the style items.  Then did centerpieces/decor.

Post # 14
1765 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

like a lot of other posters here, i did whichever projects i wanted to do and it seems like (though my wedding’s been postponed a few times as well) it would have worked out fine!

Post # 15
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I started with my centerpieces because they were 70% off at the end of this fall, and I got all my materials for dirt cheap. Now I’m working on my invitation ideas and have been gradually gathering vases ffrom Goodwill for my candy buffet.

Post # 16
1956 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School

I actually started with a few minor projects to get me going before starting on some of the bigger stuff! It helped me feel less overwhelmed by the amount of DIY I want to get done!

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