Post # 1
- Wedding: June 2010 - The Mountain Terrace, Woodside, CA
Just curious on what everyone’s thoughts are on this. If you had an awesome idea for a DIY project, but then when you priced it out and found it was more expensive to make it than to just buy it, did you still do it, for the fun of DIY’ing? I’ve come across this situation myself, but am thinking of DIY’ing it anyway, since it will be more custom that way, and fun to do.
Post # 3
I think it depends on what it was and how much I cared about it. If we’re talking about LOTS of money, or a few bucks, etc.
All of my DIY projects have been significantly cheaper than buying their counterparts, though.
Post # 5
no way, that’s the whole point of DIY–to save money!
Post # 6
Cheaper is the moral of my budget. You can even personalize a bought item if needed
Post # 7
I love to bake, and probably could have bought cheaper favors than what the ingredients cost. But I think that homemade cupcakes and brownies are really appreciated, so I don’t worry about the cost of that. I think your decision depends upon your financial position, and how important this DIY project is to you.
Post # 8
- Wedding: September 2009 - Westwind YWCA camp
I’d absolutely still DIY!
It depends on the project, though. I really really like to be crafty, so if something inspires me, I love to use it as an excuse to try out a new technique (even if I could buy it for cheaper). I think of it as learning a new skill, not just paying someone else to do it for me.
There are definitely some things I would pay others to do for me if I could afford it (like flowers).
Post # 9
I am totally a DIY fan for the personalization aspect first and the money aspect second. I grew up in a very crafty household and I think people really appreciate things that you’ve done yourself (especially my mom–gotta keep her happy!) When you DIY you can get exactly what you want and feel proud of the product!
However, if we are talking A LOT of money I might reconsider. Or, as I am now, starting to run out of time….I’ve learned I have to give myself some limits. Last month I almost had a nervous breakdown doing all our invitations + knitting a baby blanket for my cousin’s shower.
Post # 10
It depends b/c…
A. I’d figure out some why it would save me money in the long run.
B. I’m way too picky and did DIY b/c in the long run it would be easier and to my exact specifications.
C. I like DIY b/c it is something to do when I have nothing else to do and do not feel like reading or w/e…
BUT, if it is something I didn’t care about… and it was cheap, then w/e I’d get that.
Post # 11
yes, definately – I love projects!
Post # 12
It depends on the project I think. I like the idea of being able to personalize with DIY and am doing a lot of it, but if I don’t have time to do all of the projects I want to and if it’s cheaper, I would buy it and then see about altering and personalizing then.
Post # 13
If it is cheaper and looks cheaper I would still make it but if it looks good, I would most likely just buy it and use my time for another project.
Post # 14
I would think it all depends. Of course if I would save money buy purchasing a pre-made item it would be budget friendly but if it is "generic" I would probably still want to DIY it to make it more personal. I decided to purchase my invites but I am completely satisfied with them and since I am not experienced in the invitation area it was just cheaper (money wise & time wise) to go the purchasing route BUT for things like photocards, menus, etc. that will be all DIY.
Post # 15
I agree with all those who say "it depends" on how rewarding the project will be and what the readymade alternative is like. Also, a big chunk of my DIY budget when I was getting started with the wedding was buying stuff that I will reuse (glue gun, paper cutter). I even have leftover pearls, leftover fabric, leftover everything.