Post # 1
Right now, my DIY list includes:
Blankets; Programs; Signs; Ribbon wands; Flowers (centerpieces, bouquets, etc.); Escort Cards; Cake; Candle lanterns and chandeliers; Question cards (in lieue of traditional guest book); Photo ‘booth’ backdrop; Jars of blackberry jam (for favors).
As a planner and cake designer, I’ve done all of these things for friends and clients. However, I’ve never done them all for a single event, let alone my own. I’m pretty sure that this list is too much, especially since both the cake and the flowers would have to be done the night before. On the other hand, I have at least a year (rumor has it that the proposal is coming for my birthday, but we’ve already discussed and agreed that October is the ideal month for us to marry) and lots of very crafty friends…
Post # 3
I think the trick will be delegating and starting waaaay in advance. Quantity will also play a factor. You might go slightly crazy trying to do 300 jars of jam. Or 150 blankets.
Post # 4
@atalante: Thanks – I should have clarified. We are planning a small wedding – 80 people max – so from that you can see that the numbers shouldn’t be too huge. I do think I have to give up the ghost on either the flowers or the cake, though…
Post # 5
It all depends on how much free time you have on your hands. Just be careful with starting projects too early because I found that as time went on I changed my ideas slightly and came up with better versions of my original ideas.
Post # 6
Unless you’re planning on using fake flowers I wouldn’t try to do cake and flowers. Even if you could technically get it all done that seems like a lot of extra stress to me.
Post # 7
If you want to do cake & flowers, try to plan a “DIY night before” with bridesmaids and make it a party- do one boquet/arrangement then let them do the rest while you do the cake. Can your mother & Mother-In-Law help with these too? My mom wants to bake my cake which is really sweet.
*make sure to get your Bridesmaid or Best Man something really nice if they do this 🙂 or even ask them to do this when you ask them to be your BMs- then they will know what to expect
Post # 8
Definitely doable. I’ve done all that in 4 months. Just work like 3 hours a day and slowly but surely it all gets done. I’m not doing my cake, but I am doing my flowers.
Post # 9
You Can Do It! Round up your family/bridesmaids! I always feed my help, that makes them want to come back! As long as it is fun and you don’t turn into a “bridezilla” lol.
I had my bridesmaids over for a nice brunch and mimosas and we knocked out 45 save the date cards in 2 hours, I served Lunch another day and we made my 90 wish tags in 2.5 hrs!
Post # 10
I also am a cake designer and an avid DIY’er. My list has about 7 or 8 things on it but like you I also have a year. I say choose either the cake or the flowers to do the night before (I’m doing the grooms cake because the wedding cake is included with our catering,) and go from there. Pace yourself and take your time. And just have fun. If you find yourself becoming overwhelmed with all of your DIY projects remember onsimple fact…you can always call on your bridesmaids. :o)
Post # 11
My venue is providing my cake and a florist friend is doing my flowers. Other than that, I diy’d almost everything else without any help. I had a year to do it and I started early. People thought I was nuts when I was doing stuff like sewing ring pillows last Spring… but that was one less thing to worry about as the wedding started approaching fast!
My advice is: as soon as you get engaged, start working on stuff that can be finished and packed away, like the photobooth back drop, the question cards, blankets, ribbon wands. Stuff like signs, escort cards and programs, you’ll have to wait until like 6 weeks out when everything is finalized. Have you considered making the jars of jam your favor AND escort card? You could arrange them on the escort card table with little tags that have guests names and table numbers. Another thing you can do is give 1 jar of jam per couple, instead of 1 per person. That way you’ll probably only need 40-50 of them, and that’s not too bad because they can be done months in advance.