What to DIY?

posted 2 years ago in DIY
Post # 2
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Busy bee

Centerpieces. You can find a ton of DIY ideas for wedding centerpieces on Pinterest. 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I DIYed our wedding cake and all the flowers, it was a lot of fun (and work) and saved us a lot of money! ๐Ÿ™‚

What I would leave to the pros: catering, photography, day-of-coordinator.

Post # 4
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Helper bee

Simply put,you can diy anything that can be done way in advance.  Not a good idea to DIY anything that need to be done day before or day of wedding. You will be busy with other things those 2 days. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Just don’t have an amateur photographer, please!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

jojomonster :  We used real flowers! We got them in bulk from Costco ๐Ÿ™‚

My bouquet:

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Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Have a look at your skill set/hobbies – my Fiance has spray painted lanterns and table numbers, I’ve made clay cake toppers and done origami place names. I’m comfortable with clay/origami but wouldn’t be comfortable with other DIY projects. I’ve helped bride friends with origami who decided they wanted paper cranes but forgot they weren’t great at paper folding. I’ve seen brides crochet favours for all the guests but I know my crochet skills aren’t up to that. I’ve seen brides bake their own wedding cake but that’s definitely out of my skill set! Think about what you’re comfortable doing, and start from there ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2020

I’m planning on doing my own centerpieces too but they will be pretty simple. I bought an invitation kit on clearance and I am making my own envelope liners for them just to jazz them up a little bit. I would just pick a few things to DIY and then hire professionals or use Etsy for the rest. As soon as you start to get stressed or burnt out it’s definitely time to stop. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee

I think the Bees that suggested don’t DIY things the day before ie wedding cake, flowers etc. as you have enough to do.  Though I know a lot who do.

 

As for the photographer I agree aboutu not getting a diy type photographer but the sad thing is that there is a wide range of photographer levels.  Part of the problem unlike a lawyer, doctor, teacher or engineer you can’t ensure they have a photography training, certification and are not  part usually of aa professional organization (or at least one that sets standards)  A lot of photographers, good or bad, were  or are really amateurs who got good.  

I know or pastor and his wife do it (she’s a teacher).    While I am sure they are good only because I am not a photographer there is usually some more formal training than a weekend course.  They get a lot of gigs though I am pretty sure if a board member from the church thought about it the pastor probably shouldn’t be encouraged or do church members weddings – a bit of conflict especially since they would have found about him and his wife probably through church – not to mention it means he is out late the night before he preaches.  But I digress.   He is trained as a pastor and hsi wife a teacher.  That is there area and perhaps that is where they should stay unless they got formal training on both.

 

I would say stay away from DIY professional businesses -photographers,florists,seamstresses – weddings are too expensive to gamble (I had a friend who decided to start a wedding business.  No courses; she helped me on 5 weddings as we h ave the same friend group. I let people know I have only taken two weekend courses and i  have only done 43 weddings (flowers).  I am not a pro  Anyways that girl did flowers and they all died (not to mention and I hope I don’t sound really petty she did not have a great eye for mixing colors or flowers.)  (She forgot my warnings about hydrangeas and the special care they needed (I cut,smash,soak  for 8 hours the whole flower, boilthe bottom, spray and dip in alum.  But I am just an amateur still.

 

Yes, you pay for what y ou get and sometimes I noticed because I can’t get the flowers that cheap or it adds up (even costco adds up).  time is also money.

We are DIY a wedding.  We got an amazing venue and they agreed we could set up,tear down and do basic cleaning to help lower the costs (plus it is the holiday season and they are sort staffed).  It is 220 dollars for them to clean up and take down all the table, chais, move back the sofas and coffee tables (we  have a grand hollywood ballroom).  Now I have to worry that my wedding of 65 people that I have enough strong and sober people to help at 1am!   

The bride and groom know that I am going to be watching their wedding party (the one’s suppose to help but also the ones likely to take too much alcohol.    it is a DIY wedding  we did the invites after a lot of yelling lol, I am doing the veil, some jewelry, the groom cake, the bride cake, all the flowers and centerpieces,decor, set up and take down, wedding favors,  programmes for banquet and ceremony, seating arrangement and even the mercury glass look containers for tea lights to add bling and romantic glow.

 

 

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