(Closed) What to Do yourself and what not to do yourself.

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 17
66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I am pretty much DIY’ing everything! its a lot to take on, but i have also had a  15month engagement, however i still have a crazy amount of stuff to do!

Post # 18
11050 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@radar: We did;


Place cards

Seating plan (mirror)

Table numbers

Card box

Doesn’t sound that much now, it was 2 years ago, so I may have forgotten something

Post # 19
1828 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I’m going to design and print/assemble all of our paper products and probably make my veil, if I decide to have one.

I wouldn’t reccomend either of those activities for just anybody that feels like it though. I’ve been sewing for a quite some time and am also used to measuring, cutting, and have been doing graphic design on the side for years. If I didn’t already love and  enjoy doing these “projects”, there is NO WAY I would want to do them for my wedding!

Post # 20
3768 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

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@housebee:  omg LOVE your cake topper and boutonnierre!!  so creative and cute!!

Post # 21
753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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@mlford0531:  I bought a bolt of lace fabric at fabric.com and plan on cutting them myself. If we get to do round tables I’m going to cut a square piece of it for each table and it will be just enough to cover the surface of the table and hang down just a bit. If we end up needing to go banquet style I’ll literally take the bolt unroll it across the length of the tables and voila lol. I’m undecided on if I’m going to do something to hem the edges or not. I’m leaning towards no unless they unravel easily, but my current experience with the fabric is that it doesn’t really come undone. Here’s a picture of the lace fabric (using it as a background to dress up the thrift store frame I picked up to be my signs to show everyone where to go for cocktail hour, lawn games, reception, etc…). 

My exact color (teal) is currently out of stock but will be in stock again within a few months. Mine is the Giselle stretch.


Ok admittedly this looks SILLY but it’s a work in progress lol

Post # 22
166 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We’re getting married in a very picturesque Cotswolds village, so our save-the-dates were actually postcards of the village. We got a pack of 50 for £7.50 (around $12). Because we weren’t limited to a template, we were able to personally address them to each guest with a simple mail merge. Also, because half of our guests will be travelling to the UK (my fiance and his whole family are Canadian), it allowed them a sneak peek of where they were going.

I also have four bridesmaids. In the UK it’s expected that the bride pays for their dresses, so I saved some money by giving them all some fabric & some cash to have their dresses made by a local seamstress (they all have very different body shapes so I gave them free rein in deciding what pattern to use, so long as it was knee length). My sister/MOH is pretty handy with the needle, so she’s actually making her own dress.

I’ll also be making our invitations, possibly the bouquet, and doing my own make-up. I’m also going to be doing my own hair, as I fly back to England a couple of weeks before the wedding, and won’t have time to do a trial beforehand. My hair is extremely curly, and I’ve had too many bad experiences with clueless hairdressers to just sit back and trust one that’s never touched my hair before. I do not want to play frizzbomb roulette on the big day!

Post # 23
197 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

When my daughter got married a few years ago we had a very tight budget and did the invitations, table cards and menu cards ourselves.  I have a good HP printer and it was actually pretty easy.  We also made the centerpieces and she made her card box and we put together and filled the favor boxes.

I’m getting married later this year and plan to do at least the same amount of DIY.   I still have her card box in closet so that will be reused. 


Post # 24
8 posts
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have quite a big list of DIY I am planning to tackle: favours, centerpieces, STDs, invitations, programs, thank you cards, escort cards, reserved seat signs, guestbook ideas, signs, cardbox, table numbers, I Spy game, BM/MOH survival kit, decorations for the ceremony/reception.

The only thing I have completely accomplished so far is I made BM/MOH gift boxes to ask them to be in our wedding party!




Post # 25
128 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

We made our own invitations – all 175 of them. We are also making our own programs, card box, pendants to hang on my flower boquet and coloring books for the kids.

Post # 26
1311 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have made my own soy scented candles for favours. One per household though. It’s a thoughtfull gift as everyone likes candles. They are 12oz in glass jars with glass lids. Run about 15-20$ at a store. I made them and ordered boxes to put them in all at $7.00 each.

Making my own centerpieces, potted orchids which cost aprox 15$ each plus will put some branches in them (neighbour will give me some after the spring pruning)

Making own invitations (skipping save the dates). I know I could easily get cheap invitations but I really like handmade ones that have lace details which those profesionally cost about 8$-10$ per one, which would cost 600$. Making them myself will save me 450$.


Post # 27
1222 posts
Bumble bee

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@Oxfordnerd:   Just wanted to say I saw your post as I was reading through this thread and LOVE the idea of a book-themed wedding. That being said, I just wanted to share this alternative to a ring-bearer’s pillow that I thought you might like and that would fit your theme (although you may have already seen it): http://diy.weddingbee.com/topic/diy-tutorial-ring-book-pic-heavy. I had it bookmarked in my potential wedding ideas and as soon as I read your post it came to mind and I had to share!

Post # 28
484 posts
Helper bee

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@ForeverBirds:  Aww, that’s a lovely idea! I’ve sadly already made a ring pouch otherwise I’d be all over it! Here’s what I came up with:

Our rehearsal dinner invites (sorry, had to erase the personal details):

And an overview picture of our hardcover book invites:

And we’ll be giving out personalised bookmarks as wedding favours.

Have to say, all of this is DIY – without putting in the hours and waiting for Vistaprint offers there would have been no way we could have afforded this!

Post # 29
1222 posts
Bumble bee

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@Oxfordnerd:  I love the book invites. Are you incorporating books into anything besides the paper products (invites, programs, place cards, etc)?

Post # 30
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1. INVITES. I am sending out pocketfuls invites and we designes them and made them ourselves!

2. ESCORT CARDS/BOARD/TABLE NUMBERS making these as well

3. BAR we are having open bar but our venue is allowing is to stock ourselves (an we take home  what’s not consumed!)

4. CANDY TABLE we are having one; I purchased the jars at hobby lobby during their half off week for jars and also at TJMaxx using a gift card 🙂 candy I’m getting at a variety of places, too to save. (Jordan almonds, mints at hobby lobby w coupons, etc.)

5. Candy table also serves as favor…buying bags and they can take candy home. 

6. Our venue provided a lot of reception items (card box, linens, mini table candelabras)

coupon when you can…joann fabrics, michaels, hobby lobby all offer coupons on their websites so utilize those when you can!

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