(Closed) How Much are you DIYing?

posted 6 years ago in DIY
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

to me it seems you have large projects but not a ton of projects if that makes sense. I definitely think its doable in 11 months. I just made a DIY schedule for myself. My wedding is in August and between now and then I have about 3 projects a month. For flowers I”m assuming you are using silks so you can really do that as early as you would like. Nothing you are doing has to be done at the last minute so pace yourself and have fun! 

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I’m doing my own flowers. My mom is pissed about it and tells me so at least once a week. We are already over budget, so it’s either DIY or no flowers… and I want flowers. Personally, I think it will be fun to drink champagne and put together bouqets and centerpieces with my BMs. It’s something I will enjoy though, it will be a calming pre-wedding event, not a stressful one. 

I’m also DIYing some decorations, not a ton, but some huge paper mache letters with our last name, a photo backdrop, and our guestbook. Just a few little touches.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2015 - Butterfields Ballroom

I say go for it! I got engaged last november so I gave myself a year to plan and I did everything myself! Flowers, arch, shoes, belt for my dress, all the decor, invites….. you name it and i DIM haha! You have plenty of time and it’s so much fun creating everything for your special day!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

My mom and I DIY’d a good bit of things for my wedding. Mostly for the same reasons you described. We had a 1year/3mon. engagement but I didn’t get started until about 9 months out and it was totally doable. 

As long as you give yourself enough time, you’ll be fine. For the most part, I completed one project per weekend (depending on the project). I did, however, get a little lazy toward the end and I wish I’d planned more time creating a DIY cardbox and a cute framed seating chart idea I saw on Pinterest…(I tried to DIY these items the weekend of — silly me).

Things we DIY’d:

Bouquet (mine + maids), boutonnières, centerpiece, table numbers, invitations, and STDs (VistaPrint). 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I will be doing my own veil too. We are doing half of our flowers ourselves and all of favors, centeripieces, invites, table numbers and ceremony decorations. My fiance and I are very crafty and really enjoy this sort of thing. Michael’s and etsy has a lot of resources.

We were planning to hit the after halloween and after christmas sales to get stuff too. We are thinking of black/gold/silver for our colors.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I’m doing everything you’re doing plus making my own cake! It’s very doable if you know you’ll have the time. Make sure you plan and start gathering supplies and stuff you need now!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I’m doing origami flowers and cranes (which goes with our partial-Japanese theme), and my mother and I are making my dress and the bridesmaids dresses. I’m doing all of the calligraphy on my own, but it’s a long-time hobby, so I anticipate that being more enjoyable than anything else. I’m doing the centerpieces with origami and kirigami cherry blossoms. And then the other half of our theme is theatre, since that’s where we met – and I’m making the programs to look like playbills and creating a specific show-based tables with pictures from the various musicals Fiance and I have worked on together over the years.

I’ve been looking to do a ceremony backdrop, and I like your picture – I might try putting origami cranes in there instead of garlands.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Cedar Grove Plantation

The backdrop isnt too big a task, veil certainly easy to do! Stationar can be easy depending on what exactly you want, & if you have the programs to design it all. In the beginning when I got engaged I said I was going to DIY a ton of stuff also- that quickly changed   While I could have done the invitations I was finding that the style we wanted & overall look wasn’t so easy, & I was sending so much time researching how to do them, fonts I liked,& things like that it wasn’t worrh it for me- all the fonts I loved were upwards from $80!!!!  Then turns out it’s not as simple as typing stuff to make it look good. The paper we liked was expensive and in the end it wasn’t worthit. Flowers: ahhhhh 😳😖 so I had it all set in my mind-& on paper  I knew exactly what flowers I wanted, figured out about the amount Id need  shopped around for best prices, thought I was good… Then I got to about the 2 1/2 month mark before the wedding and hd a bit of a freal out! All these things and sinerios started hitting me and I was totally stressing! Like how am I gonna keep all these flowers alive! What if most die and I have no backup! Then wedding day comes- how am I going to transport all these flowers to the venue, and what about setting up, do I relly wanna be stressing over these things the day of my wedding! I had visions of like me in my gown at the venue arranging flowers!- not really how I pitcured that day being. You wanna be relaxing enjoying that time with family & friends and getting ready  i ended upn n a great florist! I’m getting everything I originally wanted and more, and really I’m only spending a few more hundred dollars than if I diy’d it   i think about $500 or so, which is totally worth it to me, I’m not paying for flowers , im paying to be relaxed and stress free the day of my wedding!! Somthing to think about

i did still do small projects- like my chalkboard signs things like that. Make sure you think it all through

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Cedar Grove Plantation

I know you said your using silk flowers, but still make sure you think about it all- your gonna be stressed regardless don’t add to it    as long as your enjoying yourself through it ll

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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thelibrarylady:  if you’re crafty and used to doing that sort of stuff, and you’re good at sticking to a timeline its definitely doable.

Me on the other hand, I can be crafty if I really need to be but I’m the type that is probably just better off paying someone else to do the work lol.

I DIY’d our invitations, favour tags, seating chart, place cards and centerpieces. I can’t tell you how many times I got frustrated with how things were turning out – I’m a bit of a perfectionist and if its not coming out how I envisioned, I get angry lol. I was pretty much just sick of everything by the end.

Anyway…like I said if you can get everything done ahead of time it might be worth it. But (to me) it definitely is not worth it if you’re going to end up stressing yourself out.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I don’t think it seems like too much, as long as you (and your family) actually enjoy crafting!  If it’s a chore to you or them, you might want to try and cut one of the big projects – and maybe replace it with something smaller?

I’m 19 months out – and still have no venue, but have started DIY project number one.  I have some dollar store vases (that were free, left over from an event I planned) that I am adding gold glitter to for my engagement party.

I hope to DIY a good bit along the way, but there are some things that are better left to the pros! (Especially invitations and my dress)

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2015

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rmsgirl:  THIS.

 

I thought I would DIY a bunch until I started planning. Now, with only 30 days to go I am happy to throw money at anything or anyone. And I’m crazy poor. 

My advice is do ALL of the DIY stuff now, when you have plenty of time and you’re DIYing for fun rather than out of necessity. You should be relaxed and happy on your wedding day, not stressed about wilting flowers, or missing glue sticks, or whatever comes up. 

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