…on the DIY boards I think I’m going to puke! Or a pre-made Micheal’s/Joanne invitation kit. Or mass produced water bottle labels.
I know, I know…I’m being unsupportive and judgemental but I just don’t understand HOW taking someone elses template and plugging in your information over the existing constitutes as DIY!? Yes, you’re not paying a stationer to create them so I guess, it qualifies that you did them by yourself but honestly, there’s no original thought or creativity behind them. You may as well post that you filled out a passport application.
There are so many brides out there doing original work and spending hours, if not days, creating amazing and personalized wedding projects. And I guess the point of this entire post is that it saddens me that these labour of loves get buried and forgotten underneath the hundreds of plug and print items.
Just a rant… I’m going back to sift through the DIYs for the gems and NO, I will NOT be asking for any templates!
My whole wedding is a giant free printable or tutorial. From my invites, to my fingerprint tree and sign, my pomander balls. It’s all copied. I guess Im’ a copy & paste bride :PI still like to share though, so other brides can see that diy doesn’t have to look funky or cheapo
Oh, and much love to the creator of the Wolfpack template
@Guavalova: Um, I am using a michael’s premade card pack even though I am very much a DIY bride. Why? Because I personally do not see the value in spending a lot of money or time on my invitations. Sure, I want them to look nice, but people are going to throw them away…so I do not want to pour hours of work or money into them.
I have, however, designed and created my own centerpieces, lighting displays, smores bar set-up, and various other decorations/items for my wedding. No templates for those 🙂
I dunno, I can kind of relate with what Guavalova is saying. I think anyone who spends any time on the DIY board has seen the Wolfgang program in every shade of the rainbow. Take solice in the fact that like all fads, another will soon replace it and in 10 years time it will date a wedding like the poofy sleeves of 80’s gown.
This being said, my background is in graphic design so creating a program/STD or invite from scratch is a fun project for me in my spare time. If I wasn’t so inclined, I’d likely be looking for a template to work off of and would be one of these “cut and copy” brides.
So, rant on Guavalova…but know there are far worse things in this world then an over-used program template and that your energy could likely be used on other, more creative, things.
@musicalrose: My background is in graphic design as well! I could have made/designed my invites as well, but honestly, I do design work for a living….and after a long day of designing things for work, I just wanted my invites to be quick and simple 🙂
What the heck is a wolf pack invite? Also… why is this even a post? So some people don’t think individually gluing 100 bows is required for a piece of paper no one but your mom will keep is important… it isn’t bad it just means they have different priorities.
@MissFireFlower: Wow!! Thanks for the awe-inspiring memes! Where’s Tartar Sauce when I need his grumpy little face… *eyeroll*
@bmo88: I’m not saying using a pre-made invitation pack is a horrible thing. What I object to, I guess, is the brides that do use them and then act like they’ve created the Mona Lisa of invitations.
I hope you post some of your DIY projects. It would be great to see them.
@musicalrose: Thanks…that’s all I’m saying. And yes…it was a rant. I wasn’t breathing fire while writing it or anything, just mildly frustrated because I’m beginning the process of planning and the same things seem to come up a lot.
This may be a bit out of line, but I think OP kind of falls in line with what this chick is talking about….
I mean, really, who cares if its “plug and print” or “pre-made Micheal’s/Joanne invitation kit. Or mass produced water bottle labels.” if someone is doing it themselves (hence the DIY) and not buying them pre made, therefore does it not qualify as a DIY? just curious as to where the frustration/judgement is coming from…
@Guavalova: considering I used several DIY ideas from here on my own wedding, I was grateful that someone took the time to document what they did, which is the purpose of the DIY articles. It’s not a museum to showcase your work, necessarily, so it’s really unimportant – to me – whether its original or not. Made some lanterns out of paper, glue, and a tampon? Sweet! Thanks for the tip! I guess I don’t understand why it bugs you.
Look. All I was saying was that at the end of the day, you make you DIY projects what you want them to be. I suspect the OP wants to put emphasis on her paper DIY projects because that’s were her gripes seem to lie.
My paper projects were/are my priority over all other DIY endeavors. I have my reasons for this. I have a LOT of scrapbooking friends and family who will be keeping things like my STD and programs so it makes it worth my while to want to have something unique for them to work with. I’m also a Destination Wedding bride, so I don’t get to concentrate on fun things like centrepieces. That was the price we paid.
If you, or any other bride, wants to focus on centerpieces, flowers, blinging out your shoes etc. etc. that’s where your priority lies. It doesn’t make either priority right or wrong just unique to the wedding and individuals planning it.
I’m really confused as to why you’re so incredibly angry over this… It’s not what you’re invitations look like, so why judge someone else? I mean really.
Also, it’s “Joann’s” not “Joanne’s.”
It may not seem like it, but your words make you look like you’re breathing fire, not like you’re just mildly frustrated.
Of course things are going to come up repeatedly. It’s not like everyone gets some sort of notification saying, “Hey everyone, Guavalova has already heard of this, so no one else mention it to her, EVER!”
MissFireFlowerwas trying to lighten the mood because your post makes it seem like you’re about to murder someone. Funny pictures were meant to be funny. And Tardar Sauce is a little girl 🙂