Post # 1
So, as some of you have seen. IM MARRIED 🙂
I recieved A LOT of compliments on my DIY decor, and have been contemplating a big change!…………………………………………
I WANT TO START MY OWN WEDDING/EVENT DECORATING BUSINESS!!
–Im very on the edge about this, i loved making everything for my wedding and i always make the decorations for family/friends weddings/baby showers/party’s anyways and i figured if i love doing this, why not try to make a career out of it
I dont want to do wedding/event planing, just decorating. (DIY’ing the decorations and making what some brides/people cant. and make some DIY house decor as well. I know some brides just dont have a DIY bone in their body (bless your hearts :p) and they cant make the things they would like to so I could do it!..
Personally, I probably wouldn’t pay someone to make decor, but thats because i know i could make it and it would have been cheaper. But other brides with a larger budget might need something like this. Im not talking a huge scale thing(just yet) just locally within the state.
SO my question is, would you pay someone to make your decorations if for some reason you couldn’t? I want to know everyones HONEST opinion. I dont want to invest in something that will eventually just fail anyways! Leave your opinions and thoughts PLEASE. Bad or good input is all welcome!!
Post # 3
@mlford0531: I bought my monogram cake topper off of Etsy. It was one of the ones covered in Swarovski crystals. I bought it because God only knows what would happen if I got ahold of crystals and E6000 glue… I shudder to think. If I had the budget, I would absolutely pay someone to “DIY” the things that I can’t! 🙂
Post # 4
@s2bmrscook: I have thought about Etsy, and having a shop but with that many people doing almost exactly the same thing I dont think it would be worth the work.
Post # 5
@mlford0531: You could start a centerpiece rental business!
Post # 6
When you say “invest” in a business are you thinking of leasing retail space and starting up an actual business?
I would say I (personally) would be wary of that route.
I’d start small on Etsy…see how your product sells. Less overhead that way, and you can get a better feel for what’s in demand, how much product you can handle, etc…without putting too much money into it.
Post # 7
I am not a very crafty person, so HECK ya I would pay!
On another not, my best friends mom was the same way and finally opened her own business and was one of the most successful ones in our area for about 15-20 years before she retired. If it is something your serious and passionate about try it!
Post # 8
I am not crafty. I wouldn’t want to spend time making things or purchasing things made custom by someone else that will only be used for one day. I prefer to use recycled things, which I why I’m renting decor through a couple who collects antiques: http://alacratevintage.com/
I definitely think etsy is the way to go!
Post # 9
@JaneyDcat: yeah that is a good idea. Invest as in start buying and making products.i just feel like there are SO many people on there and out of 1,000,000 listing mine would be 9,999,999 lol
Post # 10
and i wouldnt do anything to drastic of course, start off at home and work my way up if its successful
Post # 11
I’m not DIY at all so I’m on the fence about this. As a budget bride, DIY is about saving money…you as a business owner would have to get a good ROI to be able to stay afloat as a business and DIYing things can take a lot of time…how much mark up are we talking? If you’d have to sell a DIY product at the same price as a manufactured product, I don’t think the business would be successful.
If you’re NOT trying to target budget brides, then there’s a chance I think. But you have to focus on originality, customizing (!!), quality, and customer service.
Either way an Etsy shop IS the best way to test the waters. I’d LOVE to see some pictures of some things you’ve made!
Post # 12
Yes! I love DIY items but as I have found out I am terrible at it! I love looking at things on Etsy but if there was an actual brick and mortar store in my area (or home- not sure if you would do it from there) where I could talk face to face with someone about my vision I would definitely pick that over ordering online. To my DIY wasn’t necessarily about saving money (I’ve actually lost some money because a few of my projects have failed lol) but rather about unique decorations.
Post # 13
Lazy and not artistic here, so yes
Post # 14
@mlford0531: It exhists and You can be a part of it. Etsy.com is probably your best option