(Closed) My DIY Project List

posted 9 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
3098 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

It’ll all work out in the end. You won’t do them all. Some will peter out, some you’ll get frustrated with, and you’ll just change your mind about some of them. But then, you’ll come up with 50 more ideas in the next 6 months, so relax! πŸ™‚ It all happens in due time. πŸ™‚ 

Post # 4
604 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

laylabelle had a very good point in that time you’ll change your mind on several of them, and you’ll add new ones.  My one piece of advice from a DIY perspective is don’t wait until the last minute. If there are DIY projects you can start now and store…DO IT…because the things that have to wait, like programs and seating cards will stress you out enough b/c they have to be done so close to the date.  My other piece of free advice is when people offer to help….take them up on it.  I have a thing with knowing the quality will be “to my standards” if I do them all myself…so I didn’t take people up on offers of help until the Wed night before we left for our venue the following day. 

So…yes you’ll be fine.   Just try to plan ahead as much as possible, and be willing to let the less important ones go if you don’t have the time and energy.

Post # 5
1045 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2008

Definitely just try to get as much done as early as possible.  I ended up making my place cards and escort card envelopes way before the deadline for our RSVPs– I figured the extra cost of some unneeded placecards was well worth it, to trade for stress of doing them last-minute, once the RSVPs were in.  Now all I have to do is slip the little number cards inside, once I know who’s confirmed to come and I’ve assigned the tables.

The research, and the sourcing of supplies, is what takes the longest– actual execution of some of the ideas isn’t that difficult.

Post # 6
521 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

My list is close to yours and I have like 6 more months than you for the wedding.

I’m actually pretty satisfied and actually added a few more projects.

I have three done already: STD (keeping in shoe box till 9 months before wedding); cardbox; and centerpiece. OH! And our initials made out of seashells.

This month/Oct: working on finishing the nonpaper things of my message in the bottle invitations and making my ring pillow and the groom’s bout….I can’t spell this..ner.

Though one downfall: my craft room is running out of room! ON NOS!! I’m pretty confidence that I’m not changing anything in my wedding. I really want a seashell/starfish theme beachy casual wedding and though, people are a little um, cuz it’s not formal–but it’s what I want.

I agree with the above poster: don’t leave everything to the last minute. Even if it’s finishing the nonpaper stuff (like my invites)..it still done and something you don’t have to worry about. And other things, like your research or ordering products can be done as well. Even table cards and be made via computer earlier..than all you have to do is change those who you thought you were coming and didn’t and than add more if needed…than that week it’s all printing and cutting! Or just printing if you cut them beforehand. Yay!

Post # 7
147 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

It seems like alot at the beginning. My wedding is about a month after yours and my list looks about like that too lol. Just work on it slowly over the whole time one 2 or 3 projects and month doesnt sound nearly as bad as all of them at once.

Post # 8
4385 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

out of curiosity, would you be able to post the list? i am new to weddings and am looking to do most things DIY style, but i have no idea what that includes! PM me if you want πŸ™‚

Post # 10
383 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

With over a year you will have plenty of time to complete, just don’t wait until the last minute. I didn’t start my DIY projects until about 3.5 months before my wedding and totally ran out of time on a few things that were really important to me/us. When I say 3.5 months I mean all I did in my spare time was wedding things, so it is not an exaggeration. I put a lot of detail and made sure execution was flawless on my projects and definitely do anything half-assed either so that may have been part of my problem, too.

Like others have said, you will change your mind about every little thing 50 times over. I can’t tell you how many things I wanted to do and found something more original or unqiue to us and scrapped it; then again I found a lot of things at the end, too, so I probably balanced myself out.

Post # 11
29 posts
  • Wedding: October 2009

My wedding is next week, and we had a one year engagement.  I also had a HUGE list.  Some things I ended up farming out to other family members after I showed them how I wanted it to look (like my pomanders).  I don’t think I got started on everything until about 3 or 4 months ago.  I really enjoy it all, so I don’t find it too stressful. This is the list I have done:

STD (actually designed these online)

Cake (mom is helping me out here)

tissue paper pomanders

all of my own flowers, bouquets, and boutoniers

pocket fold invites



shoes and hair accesories

thank you bags

favors (chocolate suckers and seed packets)

bird cage card box

vintage candy dishes


cake stand


you can see a lot of the stuff I’ve made on my blog

The World According to Jelly

Post # 12
388 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Looking at the list you posted on your blog I think most things should be more than fine. Yes, it’s 23 projects (and you’ll probably end up adding more) but you have over 12 months, that’s 2 projects a month. I actually had about 30 different things on my list and I only had 6 months and I got it all done.

The only thing I’d suggest you reconsider doing yourself is the cake and that’s just because you might have to do them so close to the wedding. You’re going to be so busy with other things, do you really want to be baking a cake??? For the same reason you might want to take a look at how feasible it is for you to do the flowers. If they’re easy flowers or you plan on doing silks then go for it, more complicated fresh flowers are going to take a huge chunk of time when you’re not going to have much.

Good luck and make sure to post pictures of all your projects!!!!

Post # 14
357 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I think that a year is more than enough time to finish all that you’ve got lined out…we had an 11-month engagement, and I don’t have a total count on the DIY projects, but there were plenty!  I just took my time and made sure to work on something each month.

And the others are right – things that you think you have to have now will drop off and become less important before your big day…but they’ll be replaced with new ones, don’t worry!

Post # 15
4385 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

thanks! this is very useful info πŸ™‚

Post # 16
388 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Ha ha… should have known better than to tell Miss Cake not to make her own. πŸ™‚

If you’re experienced, then it shouldn’t be a problem. Since you’re not doing fresh flowers that will free up some time too.

Again, make sure to take pictures!!! DIY tutorials are always nice too!

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