(Closed) WASTING MONEY UGH!!

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@mrsberry2011: I just buy enough stuff to do a trial run before buying everything…. but so far everything has worked out with a few minor adjustments… Good Luck=)

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@mrsberry2011: I haven’t actually started any DIY projects and this is exactly why…I’m not great at crafty things and I’m afraid I’m going to waste a ton of money too!

@nshorty: That’s a smart idea!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I do the trial run before too, just to make sure I don’t ruin it.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I feel ya, mrsberry2011! I fell in love with a DIY pomander ball and thought it would be the cutest alternative to a floral centerpiece:

 
Let’s just say it didn’t work out too well…
The one on the left was my Fiance just messing around. 🙂 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@sushitushi: I am totally doing those pomander balls! Haha. I think the one on the right looks nice–the pin maybe just needs to be a darker color?

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@mrsberry2011: Yeah, I think a lot of folks don’t realize that DY doesn’t ALWAYS mean cheaper! It’s cost of materials, cost of those “oops!” results, and a lot of time putting it all together. Some things I think I’d rather pay a little more to have someone else do it and save me the stress when I’ve got enough to worry about. DIY can be charming and CAN be less expensive, but it can also be a huge pain in the potatoes.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m a little weary of this myself as I’ve just ordered supplies to make DIY petal aisle runners. I just love they way it looks……we shall see! Will post pics when I complete them, just need to figure out how long each one needs to be 25ft? They will each be 6 inches wide. Using lilac, purple, white and white white with an edge of purple petals. Wish me luck!!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@mrsberry2011: Yup. I’m trying not to buy too much ahead, which has worked out because I’ve changed my mind about a few things.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@sushitushi: Aw, those are kinda cute! 🙂

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Some DIYs arent as easy as you think they would be. I found myself regretting certain purchases but then I always found another way around it. For example I bought lots of archival pigment ink for all my stamping needs ( and I did a lot of rubber stamping) and then realized that ink NEVER dries on the types of paper I was using it for. But crafty ladies on the bee advised me to try a fixative spray and it worked!

I also spent money on the wrong circle cutter by martha stewart but then figured out a way to still make it work my needs. SOmtimes posting about the difficulties you are facing can help because someone might have an idea to assist you.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@mrsberry2011:  I feel your pain.  I basically wasted half of my DIY invitations kit because my printer wasn’t printing it properly. 🙁

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

So there with you…some projects work and some don’t…. I wanted to see if I could do the coffee filter flowers for bouquet instead since I’m not a huge fan of real flowers anyway…they looked good in white, but once I dyed them it looked like a kids project…and then I had all these leftover coffee filters…so I made a bunch of white ones and displaying it in my house…so it didn’t completely go to waste!

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I really enjoy DIYing!!!  I already have all the craft supplies from past projects so IT really does save a lot of $$$.  I could probably DIY a lot of it but TIME is what I dont have enough of so I wont.  If you are normally crafty then do it but otherwise yes– it can end up costing you a lot more when you have do overs!!!  You just need to take some classes and not just look at YT videos or internet.  I took 10 weeks of floral arrangements ($100)  and now I know how to, where to buy cheap, and how not to over buy.  My flowers would have been easily over $7000-8000 with literally a carpet of flowers running down long tables, several tall arrangements, 2 grand arrangements, cake, gift, wishing tree, garlands for chairs, all bouquets and church flowers to mention a few.  Including all vases etc will cost me under $800.  I learned that wedding flowers are marked up 8-10X their real cost,  So for example a 5ft fresh flower garland oasis costs $20, flowers+supplies $60-80.  The actual cost to buy one will be $500+  I also took jewelry metalsmith classes and I could make our rings (jewelry is also marked up 10X) but after 5yrs and about $20000 tuition later, I dont think it would turn out the way I would like.  So yes some things you gotta leave it for the pros.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

The only thing Im DIYing is the bouquets and the wedding program fans and because Im NOT a DIY type person Im afraid Im going to mess it up. I dont have 2 do anything else because Im getting an all inclusive venue with the decorations, tables, chairs, linens, centerpieces, food, drink, all included plus a staff member to decorate it for me she just does it the way I want it.

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