(Closed) My name is Danielle and I am a DIY failure!!

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 32
Member
2239 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Sometimes it’s worth it to just spend the money.  I wanted to DIY my invites to save money but then my friend told me she had to buy a new printer to DIY hers….to…save money.  Didn’t happen.  After hearing that (her wedding is before mine) I quickly decided I’d just have ours done by a pro.  Yeah, they weren’t cheap but they’re outstanding.  One of my favorite things thus far.  And, they were worth the money.  

With that said, I have tackled a few DIY projects and they turned out better than what I could have bought for double OR triple the money.  If you want to DIY consider doing something that’s easier to do.  Don’t go in thinking you will DIY everything when you have barely lifted a glue gun.  Those flowers you posted from the etsy shop look great!  Convince that ball and chain to let ya buy them LOL!  And keep it moving =) you could DIY programs or something a bit easier.  Maybe a DIY guestbook like a wish jar or something?  

Not all DIY projects are hard.  I would have never tried to DIY my flowers.  I can arrange flowers just fine but I think I’d make myself nuts.  Plus, we’re going the fresh flower route so it’d be a pain in the butt to store them lol x_x;

GOOD LUCK!!

Post # 33
Member
60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I always thought I was a crafty person, but I’m only allowing myself to DIY the things I know I can do well.  To me, it’s not worth it to spend a lot of money on supplies to try something and then not have it turn out as I like.  I put a premium on time, just as much as money.  I look at it like, how much is my time worth? If I’m going to spend hours and hours (or days and days or weeks and weeks) doing something, it’s not worth the time to me — it’s better to let someone else do it. 

Also, I am very obsessive compulsive when it comes to details and having things perfect so I know I’m the type of person who needs to have professionals handle most of our wedding details.  I’m allowing myself to design our wedding website (I’m an IT person) and will create the Save the Dates and programs (and maybe even favors, depending on what we decide on), but when it comes to the big jobs where quality (or lack there of) shows and matters, I’m leaving those things to the professionals. 

I want our invitations done right since those are the first glipse and first impressions of our wedding so those are going to be created by a graphic design professional. I have a relative who just started a cake business and while she’s pretty good, her quality is not quite up to my standards yet so we’ll be ordering from a bakery with years of experience and good reviews behind them, even though my cousin is willing to give us a good price break. (I’m a big believer in the old adage: you get what you pay for.)

We absolutely will not DIY our flowers because I don’t want me, my family members, or my friends rushing around the night before and the day of with gunk under our fingernails (ruined manicures). Also, I’ve seen way too many lopsided and just overall bad DIY flowers (both fresh and silk) at friend and coworkers weddings over the past couple of years that I know without a doubt that I need a really good professional florist for our wedding flowers — especially the bouquets and men’s buttonholes which will be photographed a ton (and up close) that day. Like anything, it’s a little more expensive to have a professional florist designing our flowers, but it will be tons less stress and pressure knowing they will be made and stored correctly and they will look nicely not only the day of our wedding but also in our photos. We’re spending quite a bit on wedding photography so with every decision we make regarding the wedding, I’m always mindful of what will look good both in person AND in photographs.

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