Post # 1
So my wedding date has been changed dur to some life altering events. Now that things are getting somewhat back to normal our date is set and its barley a year away. I need some motivation to get things going. I am a DIY bride on a very tight budget. I have borrowed several ideas from the fellow bees and I thank you. I just need some help getting on track. Please help. How did you get motivated?
Post # 3
@BarbyM420: I think for myself, I just start working on a small project and take it from there. I still have alot of time left which is good but I have started doing alot of DIY. Once I started working on my project, I got the bug and just kept going. Hope this kinda helps you 🙂 and good luck.
Post # 4
Motivation is rough… expecially since I am the queen of procrasination. I plan and plan, and then never really get around to finishing things until the last minute! I’m on a super tight budget too. It depends on how crafty you want to be, what “look” you are going for, and how many people you want at your wedding. You can also cut back on things that aren’t important to have. Try reading this blog for some inspiration: http://2000dollarwedding.com/2008/07/from-conception-to-reception.html
She was my inspiration. Granted, I have a slightly larger budget, and a larger guest list… but this is what I’m going with:
Between 50-100 guests (not sure yet)
I’m DIY’ing all bouquets, bouts, floral centerpieces, and decor.
We are purchasng linens from a discount site, and donating them to the church later. (we can write this off on our taxes as a donation)
Having a cousin make my wedding cake.
Going without favors: no one appreciates them, unless it’s food… and they are getting fed at the reception.
I’m making my own guest book
I’m making my own invitations and printing them from home for less than $60.
I hope you find the motivation you need!
Post # 5
@vmblai1019: I thought I held that title 😉
seriously, I find motivation in boredom. and my kids, oddly enough. Seeing them doing stuff or watching them sit quietly playing games or watching the tv, motivates ME to get stuff done while they aren’t nagging me about 101 things to do/can do/eat/drink/etc.
when IS your wedding??? that might give us an idea on what to suggest to hit first 🙂
Post # 6
1.I find it easier to complete projects when I first make a list of all the tasks that need doing. Don’t let that stage overwhelm or depress you.
2. priorize that list.
3. attach those projects to your calendar, whether online or hard copy.
4. Now, you have all your work broken down into smaller, more easily accomplished blocks.
5. Start doing things one at a time.
6. Before you know it you are done.
Post # 7
@Zinzerena: Lol, what can I say? Though I don’t have any kids yet, boredome definitely gives me a kick in the shins.
@julies1949: That’s a really great way to look at it. I mean, I’ve done lots of things that way, but never really thought about it as a process.
Post # 8
Just remember why you are doing it!! Bc in the end you will be married and it will be wonderful. Make a list of what needs to be done. and dont worry a year is a good amount of time to plan. As overwhelming as a list may seem it will really help you see what you need done. Then start with one project. Dont jump around start one finish it and move on. Dont overwhelm yourself by getting everything out just do one thing at a time whenyour watching tv etc. I broke my list into months like at a year these ar ething things that need to get done.. at 9-10 months these are the things that need to get done at 7-8 and so on.
Post # 9
@vmblai1019: I think the only reason I’ve done half the stuff I have is because of the kids! LOL! Although, sometimes my need to DO something also fuels me… guess it comes from being an energetic and crafty kid… and getting my butt in trouble for complaining to my mom that I was bored as a kid 😉
One lesson learned, though: do NOT allow an almost-5 year old and 8 year old (who will be 9 in oct) anywhere NEAR paper mache’. Even after demonstrations and instructions, they will just want to play in the gloopy, icky mess and NOT put the stuff on the balloons! That is a task that Mommy should do without young hands “helping”
@organizedbride11: I ended up making a list (and it’s now lost, lol) and just pick things off it. I do the craft, then move on to the next.
Post # 10
@Zinzerena: HAHAHA! Wow, I can imagine the mess they made! If I ever have the funds, I plan on having an “art studio” tucked away in a remote corner of the house, and I figure I’ll have a little area there where my kids can have fun and make an unholy mess. I mean, if they are going to get messy anyway, might as well do some damage control. lol
Post # 11
@BarbyM420: I have definatley felt what you are feeling. I just kept piling more and more stuff on my to do list, but hadn’t started anything.
Last week I finally picked one project to start AND FINISH. It is a childs activity booklet for our wedding. I am now almost 90% done.
Just pick one thing, even if it is small. After almost finishing this project I feel a surge of motivation.
I hope it lasts!