(Closed) How much did DIY’g save you..

posted 11 years ago in DIY
  • poll: How much did DIY'g save you? (Explain the cost savings below)

    5000 and under




    20,000-25,000 *DIY DIVA LEVEL!!!

    Other (Please explain)

  • Post # 18
    3316 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    The problem for us is that we typically didn’t even price things we intended to DIY.  Here is what we DIYed:

    • Chuppah (Jewish wedding canopy), saved at least $250 over renting, and probably $800 over buying.
    • Ceremony decorations, unsure of savings
    • Invitations, unsure of savings.  (STDs were by e-mail.)
    • Guestbook by friend, unsure of savings
    • Photo backdrop stand, saved at least $50.
    • Friend for “photobooth,” saved at least $800.
    • Dancing shoes basket, unsure of savings
    • Programs, unsure of savings
    • Reception venue rented from friendor, saved at least $1,000.
    • Open bar from friendor, saved at least $3,000.
    • Stringing and lighting paper lanterns, saved $5,000.
    • Uplighting, saved $5,000.
    • Centerpieces, saved at least $600.
    • Reception menus, unsure of savings
    • Food signs, unsure of savings
    • Friendor for reception food, saved at least $3,000.
    • Wedding cake, saved at least $400.
    • Chocolate fountain, saved at least $300.
    • Signature drinks, unsure of savings.
    • Photo album by friend, saved at least $1,000.
    • Video by friend, saved at least $500.

    Thus, I suspect our total savings were over $20,000, but I’d have to figure out what comparable things would have cost professionally to know.  Also, there were some things I don’t even know whether to characterize as DIY.  For example, we bought all our own tablecloths, napkins, napkin holders, and chair covers, and resold them after the wedding.  They weren’t DIY in the sense of our actually making them.  However, they did require a lot of our effort in terms of setting them up, taking them down, and laundering them after the event.  The same was true for forks and spoons, which we bought from a restaurant supply house, and washed and resold afterward.

    Post # 19
    1991 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Want to bump for new brides!!!

    Post # 20
    436 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I don’t think we’ve really saved much money, its more about making it special and personal to us

    Post # 21
    56 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    By making all the stationary myself, I am saving around $1,600 in that category alone.  I will also be doing my own flowers and decorations (with the help of a family friend who happens to be a florist).  I am not sure how much that will save me yet, but I’m looking at around a couple thousands.

    Post # 22
    1941 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    We’ve started gathering things to DIY our Save-The-Date Cards, and honestly I think we’ve spent more than we would have if we had just bought them outright, but it’s more fun and personable to do them ourselves 🙂

    As we get closer to our date, we’ll see how that changes!

    Post # 23
    2239 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Hmmm…well actual DIY projects didn’t save all that much…not like thousands of dollars or anything.


    • I made a chalkboard for five dollars…they retail for 50+ on etsy.
    • I made programs…cost us about 35 including ink, paper, and cardstock. I guess there’s savings here, but I consider the savings to be higher since they are basically custom designed programs. Same for our invites.
    • I diy’d pretty much all of our signage…not sure what the cost of buying it really is though.
    • We made burlap runners for about 75 dollars compared to renting them for 15 bucks each x 12 tables
    • We did all of our flowers for 415. We had about 40 peonies, peach carnations, peach stock, bells of ireland, lisianthus, spray roses, hyrdrangeas, curly willow tips, lemon leaf, and eucalyptus. We had 12 centerpieces, 4 large arrangements, six or seven small vases scattered around, four bridesmaid bouquets, and a bridal bouquet. The savings there were huge! I can only imagine for the types of flowers and the amount we had it would be at least 1500. 

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