Post # 1
Do any of you regret not going the DIY route with something at your wedding?
The reason I ask is because even though my Mom and FH are supportive of my crafting in general, they both keep telling me to make sure I don’t bite off more than I can chew. FH does not want me to do paper flowers for this reason. He keeps telling me that I’m busy enough and don’t need to add stress. On one level I know this is true and that I procrastinate and end up stressed trying to finish things. BUT I’m so afraid that I’m going to regret giving up all of my DIY ideas, and will feel like the wedding is too cookie cutter and doesn’t have any part of FH and my personality.
Would love opinions in both directions 🙂
Post # 3
Prioritize!!! I hate to admit it, but I did paper flowers and they took a ton of time. They turned out great, and I don’t regret it, but a lot of time! I would encourage you to DIY the projects that you are excited about. But don’t feel bad if you don’t DIY everything. Make lists of “must do” and “want to do” and “if I have time”. Then you don’t have to stress if you don’t get to everything. I loved my DIY, but I’m glad I realized that most of it isn’t worth stressing out over.
Post # 4
@sayanything: I would do something like make my paper flower bouquet first and gauge how much time it took and if I was still really into the idea of doing more after that. Also, I generally try to plan out my big craft projects to be completed a month in advance. So for Christmas, if my gifts aren’t done by Thanksgiving I consider myself way behind. I don’t like to be rushing through it at the end.
Just like lots of Blogger Bees say they hand over everything to their DOCs the week before the wedding, I’d say put down your glue gun a month before. If it ain’t done by then, it ain’t worth the stress.
Post # 5
@JenGirl: That’s a great idea about the lists! I’ll definitely do that. Then I can see exactly how much I’m overdoing it haha. Maybe I’ll break “flowers” into what I really mean-center pieces, decor, boutonnières, bouquets. Then if I don’t finish all of them, I can purchase. Also, I’ll have a backup plan. So glad it was worth it for you, though 🙂
@MexiPino: Very smart idea! I’ll do that and then see if time-wise I’m being reasonable at all. God idea about the deadline. I’ll set markers along the way and then if I’m not done by my deadline I’ll have a backup. The purchased flowers I’m looking at now are just white hydrangeas, so that’s probably something that wouldn’t be terrible to get closer to the wedding.
Thanks so much for the advice! 🙂
Post # 6
@sayanything: Sounds like you have a good plan! FYI – bouts and corsages were super easy and quick. Centerpieces medium time/effort. Bouquets easily the most time, but I loved how mine turned out. Also remember that size is the biggest factor for these things. Smaller equals easier and less time. I started with my bouquet, but it was the third try before I settled on a design I liked (althought I used all the extea flowers in centerpieces and bridesmaid bouquets). Then I did the three bridesmaid bouquets. They got progressively smaller as I got closer to the wedding… so the last bridesmaid bouquet that I made was a couple inches smaller than the first, but you totally couldn’t tell unless they were all being held next to each other!