(Closed) Is it too soon to start DIY projects?

posted 4 years ago in DIY
Post # 2
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Helper bee

Keep in mind that situations always change over time. What you may be planning now may not be what you end up wanting in a year, which means that what you’re doing now may be not time well spent. 

 

Why not start making ‘lookbooks’ for potential projects? 

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

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latoyaw1130 :  I don’t think it’s too early. 

My Fiance and I plan to start buying bottles of liquor in the next few months to make the alcohol trip before the wedding less of a $ drain!

I have already purchased a few little things here and there for the wedding already.

I wouldn’t want to buy anything gigantic or start projects that are more time sensitive honestly, but I think it’s good to get a start!

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

My wedding is the month after yours! I actually picked up a second part time management job in order to secure some discounts for some items I am looking for. Though that may have been counter productive as I have started seeing craft potential for everything instead of just my wedding. :]

I’d say that it isn’t too early to start scoping out items and collecting them, especially if you find a sale. I’d recommend getting items that can easily be repurposed for other projects just in the event that you might change your mind about style and ideas. Though, I know that I tend to decide on something, and then I stick with that forever. Have some fun!

Post # 5
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Busy bee

It is never too soon to start DIY… Everything will take longer than you think it will.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club

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latoyaw1130 :  the sooner the better with DIY! If you wait you may feel rushed and cut corners. Take your time and enjoy it with enought time buffer to feel at ease!

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Hey girl ๐Ÿ™‚ I definitely agree that it’s not too early. Since you’re super excited, starting now will give you the momentum, energy and creativity.. you’ll be able to have a lot of fun with it! I also agree with the bees who are saying that it takes longer than expected. That’s because a lot of things you have to do in bulk.. for instance, if you’re making your own wedding invites, programs, etc.. you may have to make over a hundred of them.

It’s so much fun to walk around looking for materials and inspiration.. if it’s on sale, feel free to just buy it! It will help out when the costs start to add up near the last few weeks.. not to mention your stress levels will be down closer to the date because you’ve already got it all handled!

The things that you would need to hold off on would probably be the wedding programs (in case there are any changes such as the order of events, etc) and the seating plan. 

What happened to me was I was SO excited to do all my DIY projects. Then about 2-3 months before the wedding date, I was starting to burn out and then the saddest thing happened.. I had to hand off my wedding programs and seating plan to my Mother-In-Law…. they don’t look nice and they don’t suit the vision that I had at all. Personally, I feel that YOU care about your things, the most and have the clearest vision of what you want ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 9
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Newbee

How fun! Absolutely start now to avoid a last minute stress. DIY likes to take longer than planned.

I’d recommend that you start the large pieces now. Altar framing, greenery hangers, globes, etc. Once those big things are out of the way you’ll have a clear idea of how much work is left. It sounds like you’re confident in your style and what you want so there’s no reason to push work to the end of your timeline and feel overwhelmed at that point.

Inviting friends for a craft night helps to tick off the smaller table décor items. I’d recommend you plan this for 6 months out. That gives you time to do a mock set up, than plan another craft night if you feel it’s not exactly how you want it. Everyone loves food, drinks, and crafting!

Have fun!!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

Nope, my wedding isn’t till next year and I started in March on my projects. Some DIY’s are long and time consuming and you will be so happy they are finished while it’s early. I can imagine wedding planning becoming so stressful wit’s no free time in the couple months leading up to it! 

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2017

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latoyaw1130 :  No worries! Oh yes.. i know, it bugs me just to think about it. She actually said that she’s “taking it away” from me and that “it must be so hard for you” to not be in control of it. The crazy thing is I wanted to make program fans too!!! I made the template and everything (if you want me to send it to you I can) and bought the supplies. All that was needed was for it to be printed and assembled. She said we just won’t do programs, “they’re overrated anyways,” she said. Then next thing you know she made them herself and it looks hideous. I’m not exaggerating too, I swear. It’s embarrassing. SO that’s why I’m saying that it’s definitely not too early to start. Your vision is beautiful and you’re going to implement it perfectly! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

My wedding is also May 2018 and I’m doing a lot of DIY projects this summer! This includes creating centerpieces and fake flower bouquets for me and my Bridesmaids. I have noticed in winter, I lack a ton of motivation to do these kinds of things (just want to curl in a ball on the couch and keep warm) so I’m taking advantage of being really active during the summer. I also think it’s a good idea to do what I can ahead of time instead of cramming a bunch of items in the last few months before the wedding.

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I think starting early is a good idea as long as you’re not indecisive and change your mind a lot because you may end up spending more money. I find DIY projects are a good break from actual “wedding planning” and find it therapeutic.  I agree waiting on things such as printing programs as those things may change. Have fun and feel free to share any pictures of things you made ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

I’d go ahead and start.  I folded the origami cranes for my wedding more than a year before the wedding.. I strung them up only a couple weeks before the wedding so that they didn’t take much space, but I was really thankful to past me for having already taken care of that–there was a LOT to do right before the wedding!

 

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