Post # 1
My Fiance is going nutty with me because I want to DIY everything. Hey I’m on a budget (and a super-crafty artist!) and want an over the top wedding for not so much $$$.
After getting my flower quote I almost fell over(and that’s after trying to pick the seemingly cheapest arrangements I could) and asked him if he prefered me doing the flowers as faux ahead of time or real a couple of days before the wedding.
He was like, ” You’re not doing DIY stuff before the wedding! I don’t want you all stressed out two days before.” Then I asked him, “well do you feel comfortable paying over $2k just for the centerpieces?” He of course said no and I proceeded to tell him I could do all the centerpieces in real flowers even better than what I gave the florist for a photo for $600. Sure beats $2,000.
He finally said “OK you can do the centerpieces yourself, but you’re only allowed one DIY project before the wedding. I don’t want you to get any crazy ideas about doing flowers and your wedding cake and all other kinds of stuff the day before.”
Yay!!! I win my flowers! But I had to promise I wouldn’t do anything else the day before.
Any other brides that are DIY obsessed out there? Is it that you’re on a fixed budget? Are you naturally crafty? What’s your reason for loving (or not loving) DIY projects?
Post # 3
@posh_princess: lol, nice! My Fiance would just laugh his ass off at me, shake his head, and promise constant refills of my fav mixed drink until I fall over in a heap sleeping while drooling. I swear, he would!!!! LOL!
Seriously, I’m totally DIY because our theme is “fantasy” and it’s hard to find the stuff we really want. I’ve done/am doing all the paper stuff (invites, programs, etc), gonna do coasters for the wedding party this summer, gonna do more larger tile-type “coasters” to use with the centerpieces, doing the bouquets out of ribbon roses…. you get the idea 😉
I just LOVE to craft! And I love photoshop and cutting corners to save money. What better way than by DIY’ing stuff????
Unless I procrastinate HORRIBLY, I’ll probably have everything but the flowers done this summer! LOL! Maybe even them if I can figure out how to store them without them getting squished.
Post # 4
@Zinzerena: I’ve already done several projects ahead of time so I’m not stressed out the week before. I’m not sure why he’s so freaked out. Maybe he thinks I’ll turn into a bridezilla or something? Or he thinks he can’t handle a crying mess? Not sure. I don’t think I’ll end up either way.
I’m glad to hear your fiance supports your crafting. I wish mine would be as supportive …of course with margarita mix in hand!
Post # 5
@posh_princess: lol, my fav includes gin. I loove gin. But a yummy caramel apple martini with gin is awesome too!
My Fiance is all for encouraging my crafts. He’s such a sweetie. I try to do the same and don’t usually bug him when he’s playing his guitar, lol.
Maybe he’s worried you’ll be too stressed to enjoy the actual wedding day?
Post # 6
I’m doing lots of projects — centrepieces, knitted projects, invitations, programs/menus, ceremony decor… the list goes on! I’m doing my best to get everything that isn’t time sensitive finished. We’ll see how it goes!
Post # 7
Too sweet! Mine is also discouraging last-minute DIY stuff for the same reason. I just can’t help myself, I keep thinking I can do things myself for less and get exactly what I want. To compromise I’m limiting myself to stuff that can be done way ahead of time, or changing materials so that they are not last minute (e.g. paper flowers instead of real).
Post # 8
i fortunately have started early enough I am doing pretty much everything DIY. dollar store if I can get away with it… so far I’ve made a TON of tissue paper flowers for decorations. I still got 2 years though, so I have time and with the money situation it will be easier on the pocketboook.
Post # 9
I had to talk myself out of making my own wedding gown, I had a beautiful half-finished dress (the easy half-not the top), but I know I will drive myself hair-ripping, scissors-flinging crazy if I try to make my own wedding gown perfect. So I’m ordering one and having a tailor fit it while I sit on my ass. 😀
Post # 10
@posh_princess: DH during our engagment actually sat me down once to discuss my DIY addiction. It was like an intervention. “Honey, you’re taking on too much. I love you and I want you to make it to the wedding. If you take on everything and get so stressed out, we may never make it to the wedding with out killing eachother….” It was funny. I gave up doing my own invites and centerpieces. I held on to everything else though. LOL
Post # 11
@mwitter80: Funny, right after I posted yesterday, my fiance felt it was necessary to put a limit on my DIY addiction. “Honey, you can make whatever you want, but I don’t want you freaking out right before the wedding.” I had to promise that I’d finish everything by early August, or else it was off the list.
And now I feel like I only have FOUR months to make everything! LOL
Post # 12
I love pretty much anything crafty. It also happened that I wanted our centerpieces to incorporate a bit of Dutchness, and that wasn’t something I could easily find. 🙂
Post # 13
I am a DIY and my Fiance started off really gung ho about doing it ourselves. Now that we ae half way through a lot of projects he has decided DIY is not fun, but a nightmare. He gets cranky everytime I suggest we do something ourselves. He has resigned himself to letting me do whatever I take on, but has made a point of “really? You’re going to spend all that time making blah di blah instead of paying $x for it? That is such overkill!” Luckily for us though we are having a bi-lingual wedding (His family is all Swedish, mine is all from the US, everything needs to be printed in two languages) so anything with words on it has to be DIY. We’re doing silk flowers, making our own guest book, I’m making my veil, his handkerchief, my garter, invitations, programs, a candy bar, and favors. The venue doesn’t have the drink I want (I MUST have strawberry lemonade since that is what inspired the wedding colors.) So I may be making a huge batch right before the wedding. I may be making the grooms cake, and we are planning a bar-be-que for the rehersal dinner. I think the only thing I’m not doing is the wedding cake, the dresses (already purchased!), and all the things you can’t really do yourself, like the wedding rings, although I actually know someone that did their own wedding rings. Long story short, custom mold, with friends from a renaisssance fair with metal melting tools, they smashed the mold after they had their rings so their two rings would be unique and could never be copied.
Post # 14
I’m doing the stationary, food, cake, decor, favours, cake topper, centrepieces and a few items to go with my outfit such as my garter. I am on a budget, but I don’t want it to look like a budget wedding. I’m creative and artistic so I don’t see the point in paying a fortune for someone to do a job that I could do myself. My FH is also trying to talk me out of doing everything myself, as he thinks it’s going to be too much stress on me. I just want to put my stamp on the big day, and the feeling of turning up to my venue and knowing I’ve done most of it myself will be a great one. I’m not doing it completely alone – I am enlisting the help of my bridal party where I can, but I’d say I’m doing 80% of the work. That’s just me, I guess. x
Post # 15
I’m working on a few DIYs. Not as many as I could possibly see myself doing, but we’ve only had about 4 months to plan so I had to choose what was truly possible and would be successful.
Working on tissue paper poms for ceremony decor, tissue paper wreaths and cones for reception decor, table signs, placecards, possibly some garlands if there’s time, and setting up the room and dessert buffet.
The only thing I may decide to do is my own wedding cake. I’m a former pastry chef and unless I can figure out the logistics of getting another one here at a good deal, I’ll be baking the days before the wedding.
Post # 16
@posh_princess: Starting now will really help things later. I’m almost entirely DIY, but I’m chill right now because I have nearly everything out of the way.