Post # 1
I. Am. So. Anxious. To. Get. Started! But my question is, what kinds of DIY can I accomplish at 11 months out? I’ve already done my “introducing the bridesmaids” cards, and am stuck at what to do next.
Post # 3
First, I think you should make a list of what you want to DIY and look at what needs to be done closer to the date and what you can get a jump start on earlier (ie just design them and fill in the blanks later).
You can start on your invites and other stationery. I started ordering things online REALLY early like jars for my caramel favours and take out boxes for leftovers. I made all the jam jar skirts and coordinating buttons for the escort cards. I made a couple cake toppers. Order any embossers or stamps you may want. Oh and I made my cardbox pretty early too.
Post # 4
Guestbook, favours (especially if you’re DIYing the boxes), decor, any paper products. Trust me, if you get those out of the way now you’ll be laughing when it comes round to a couple months before!
Post # 5
-I am making a ring bearer “pillow” (styrofoam with flowers poked in and ribbon around it) –> that would be easy to do way early
-I decorated a basket for my flower girl with ribbon and fake sunflowers
-you could easily do a directions card to/from hotel/ceremony/reception venues if you already know all of these things
-definitely guestbook (I made ours on Blurb – you could do this whenever!)
-cardbox if you are having one
-bridesmaid gifts if you are planning to DIY these
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
I actually think you can do most (non-perishable) projects now! It’s great to get a head start, and the time just flies so you’ll be happy you started early! I agree with sentiment about making a list of what you will eventually want to do, and then start tackling as you can!
Post # 7
I am a July 2011 bride too! I agree that you should start by making a list of what you want to DIY. You may want to look at vendors and options to help you decide what you want to DIY.Things you probably can’t do (but by all means begin thinking about) are invites and escort cards/seating chart.
Post # 8
Things I did far out (some more than a year) and then put aside:
- bought stationary for Save-The-Date Cards, escort cards, menus. programs (I stocked up on 3 specific colors from Paper Source while they were on sale),
- planned out the above (in order to determine what I would need)
- created centerpieces (DIY votive holders and flower pots)
- DIY favors and boxing of said favors
- Not a DIY but think about vendor meetings, photographer, cake tasting, etc. if you haven’t already booked these sort of things.
Also, this is a great time to enlist helpers because they won’t be sick of your wedding or stressed by time pressure and should be more willing to help with projects now. Always think about what you need to complete a DIY vision, long term planning can really save $$ on materials because you can shop sales and take advantage of end of season or after holiday offers.
Post # 9
Do anything and everything you can possibly do. I’m at ~4 weeks and pulling my hair out.