Post # 1
So another thread got me curious about how much time people are spending on DIY projects.
Which then got me thinking, what counts as DIY? Making inspiration boards? Surfing the net for shoes? Interviewing vendors?
In my mind, I just count actually making things, like favors or invites or decorations. You?
Come to think of it, I’m not even sure where to put the limits on this, so, here goes. As someone who bills their work in 6 minute increments (my job = awesome), I am really used to counting time, and I know we rarely spend as much on a task as we think. With that in mind….
Post # 3
Interesting thread! I’m counting only making things, buying materials to make them, etc, and I marked down 40-60, but it’ll probably end up being more. I just spent about 6 hours two days ago on my first cake trial, and I’ll be doing quite a few more, plus the myriad of other projects. Everything else (searching for recipes, ideas, etc) I think is more “inspiration time” if that counts for anything.
Post # 4
My DIY is between 40 and 60 hours (estimate). I have made or will make:
– wedding website
– invitations (all assembly, printing, design, etc.)
– save the dates (that took like 2 hours)
– most of the decorations, with help (but almost none of the set-up)
– favors (though my mom is making them, I’m decorating and putting in boxes)
Post # 5
@ lilyfaith: I agree with you. If I counted all of the time I spend just surfing the net for ideas and stuff…it would be dreadfully embarassing.
Post # 6
LOL i cant wait to see the response to this I read your comment on the other thread and went automatically here. LOL I havent started any projects yet, but I dont count my google ways for wedding porn as DIY. I always thought DIY was making something like invites, favors, whatever it may be. I am going to put that I dont see myself spending more than 20-40 hours on DIY projects in the upcoming months. Cant wait to see what everybody else posts!
Post # 7
I didn’t vote because I don’t even know what exactly I’m going to be DIY-ing…so far I have this stuff planned:
- invites/thank you cards/possibly STDs if we do them/all other paperies
- candy buffet (designing, decorating and stocking myself)
- bridal party gifts most likely
At this point, that’s all that I have planned.
Post # 8
@monita – yeah, I don’t even want to THINK about what that number is…. at least of all of us on WB can relate to that! 😛
Post # 9
Well, if all goes according to plan, we’ll be having the reception in the backyard. The work I’ve done there alone probably adds up to about thirty or forty hours so far, with at least that much work ahead of me. I also plan on doing the invites, decorations, set-up, some of the food, table runners, napkins, bouts, blah de blah…
It’s a buttload of time, that’s how much. I don’t even want to think about it. 😛
Post # 10
Me too, LOL. I’ll be curious as well, as I know I spend 2-3 hours everyday thinking about wedding stuff/surfing the net/talking poor FI’s ears off/speaking with vendors, I’ve only spent about 8 hours actually MAKING something.
That also doesn’t count addressing, but common… that is pushing it as a DIY, IMO. Almost no one gets a calligrapher these days.
Post # 11
My flowers will take around 40-50, invites another 10, centerpieces 10, cake topper 5-10, programs 5-10, escort cards 5-10….I’m thinking around 100 all said and done (not counting shopping and gathering supplies…which is proving difficult with my limited access/knowledge in NYC, especially not owning a car)
Post # 12
I am DIYing the following things, and my time is only an estimate bc I’m not sure what I’ve actually spent so far! But I read where you came up with the idea for the post monitajb and it made me chuckle to see this:)
invites (actually putting them together myself, printing, backing, ribbon, etc)
favor bags for candy buffet
ring bearer pillow/flower girl basket
flower accents for chair sashes
I think there are more, my brain is just fried right now!
Post # 13
I would say that roughly since being engaged that I have spent maybe over 150 hours doing stuff.
I get home at 5pm do what I need to do cook tea or whatever, FH and I might have somewhere to go to. But it equates to probably 4hrs a night, doing something wedding related, I dont go to bed till about 12.30 to 1am. Invitations took bulk hours. Envelopes bulk hours. ribbon pomanders, still going, cake toppers. reserved seating signs, personalised letters. Save the dates, save the date envelopes, addresses, bridesmaid tote bags, dj request cards, mazanita wishing tree.
List goes on. I do what I can, and some weeks I dont do anything wedding related. Thats why Im stoked that Ive had a 13 month engagement. Im not stressing.
Post # 14
@ twalila: are you doing silk, or are you one of the amazing people growing flowers (not that silk people aren’t amazing, I don’t have any skill for that either)?
@ ccranetobe: good for you! And here I am just talking….
Post # 15
I probably spent almost 1000 hours thinking of DIY projects, buying the supplies, and actually making them. I did DIY for so many things! It was a lot of work!
Post # 16
wow, i have no idea. i did/am doing-
invites, favors (300 cookies, bagging them, and making a favor tag), thank you notes for engagement party, shower, and wedding, escort cards, card box, flower girl basket, table numbers (which i actually did twice because i didn’t like the first ones), centerpieces, votive candles (i punched out pretty vellum and glued it to all of them) ceremony decorations…who knows what else. i’d have to go up to our room full of crazy wedding stuff.