(Closed) TELL ME DIY’ING IS WORTH IT!!!

posted 7 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

today I saw a post about wasted money in DIY project, my advice for this is to make a test run for whatever you want to make. Buy a little material and make just one, see how it turns out whether you like it or not, the time it took you to do it and how much time time will it take for you to make as many as you need.

I’m DIYing paper flowers cause I don’t want real ones and there’s nowhere I can buy those. Trust yourself and if something turns too overbearing just leave it. Your sanity comes first.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@LaviniaRose2013: Having graduated law school, I know how demanding it is especially when finals/intership projects/clinic trials come due. You have to decide what’s worth DIY and what’s worth hiring professionals for. One of the  biggest factors for me was seeing what I could borrow or buy from previous brides so it was worth the cost to handle myself and how much help I had to assist me with the actual execution, since I’m not that crafty. Realistically figure out what you can tackle both financially and emotionally. Sometimes, paying that extra fee is worth letting a professional handle the stress a DIY can bring.

 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@LaviniaRose2013: She didn’t say, she just said she wasted a lot of money in a lot of unfinished projects.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

DIY very rarely saves money and even if it does it’s not always worth it. You have to weigh the value of your time against the cost of purchasing the item. I will say that I fell in love with a $3000 pair of strassed Louboutins and decided to strass my own. Granted, I didn’t strass a pair of Loubies (I bought a pair of Jessica Simpson shoes) but I did spend $450 and close to 80 hours working on my babies.

The wise DIY advice that was given to me was “If you’re not going to enjoy it it’s not worth doing.”

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@LaviniaRose2013: Don’t worry, you’ll make it. We all think we will die from the stress but it comes quicker than you think. Since you’re marrying in April [one day before my birthday actually =)], it’s great you don’t have to deal with the Bar Exam until after the wedding.  Definitely hit your friend up for supplies. I’m DIY my invitations and wedding programs bc my sister kept all the tools she used to make hers. I’m making half of the centerpieces at my reception nonfloral to cut down on my florist’s bill. I made sure the nonfloral centerpieces were something I can tackle (lanterns from Ikea with votives around it) and easy to arrange come time of setup. Also this was really cost effective; the lanterns centerpieces come out to about $20 a centerpiece while the professional floral arrangements are running about $55 a piece. I would suggest asking particularly talented family members or friends to “gift” their services to you. Our friend, who is a DJ, is gifting 6 hours services to us, and another is making our entire dessert/candy bar at cost. It’s time to call in any favors from friends!

Check out the classifieds or Craigslist for supplies. You’ll be amazed at what you can find in your area. Lastly, don’t forget to haggle. You’re a customer after all! My centerpiece quotes started out at $125 a piece, and I got the florist to go down to $55 by doing my research and providing cheaper alternative supplies to be used. Use those research and litigation skills you learned in class. I consider my education an invaluable asset when it comes to wedding planning. =)

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I won’t be very helpful to your post but I did read the title and briefly thought it said “Tell me DYING is worth it” and was about to jump in shouting “Don’t do it! Don’t do it! Life is great!” Lol thought I would share. 

As for DIYing, I plan to do a moderate amount too, and while I like crafts I wouldn’t say I’m that great at them. I’m nervous about the time commitment as well.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I think you could save yourself *some* money, but not substantial amounts. And if you’re crazy busy with other stuff, it may not really be worth your while. If you’re finishing your internship at the end of Feb and your wedding is mid-April, that’s only about 6 weeks. That’s the time you’ll have dress fittings, meetings with suppliers to confirm things, working on the details like seating chart etc.

I’d suggest finding a few simple things that you can DIY, to give you the satisfaction. With anything bigger or more complicated, it might be better to leave it to the professionals, or if your budget is very tight, go without.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

We DIY’d Wedding invitations and Wedding Favours.

I will probably be having a go at DIYing Cake Toppers, Makeup and House Decoration.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I diy’d a TON of things for my wedding but it was super time consuming. I started my DIY projects eight or nine months before the wedding and probably spent a lot more than I should have on them lol.

I made save the dates, our invitation suite, menus, fabric flower bouts and corsages, burlap runners, programs, ribbon wands, chalkboards, signage, handmade cards for the bridal party/family, and cake stands. I also put together an invitation suite for a friend and was starting my photography business…so no fear! It can be done and you will look back, feel relieved and be happy you did it. It’s so nice to feel that sense of accomplishment and hear people say they loved your handmade details and how personal it made your wedding 🙂

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

DIY is hit or miss like others said.  The savings really isn’t there.  Well it is, myabe just not as substancial as we would like.  But doing things yourself guarantees that you’ll have exactly what you want.  Whether or not you like the end result is a different story.

My invites will be semi-diy and I will begin a brooch bouquet soon.

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