(Closed) What was easier to buy?

posted 6 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
959 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

My veil. In the beginning, my mom told me not to worry about purchasing a veil because she was going to make it for me. I thought it was really sweet of her and I looked forward of having something made from my mom. However, it all changed when we found my dress. The skirt is all lace and the dress has a matching veil which has the same lace as the dress. When we tried a beaded veil with my dress it looked well but the matching lace veil looked better. I wasn’t going to purchase it but my added it to the dress (my parents payed for my dress) since she thought it would be hard to find a similar lace as the dress to use for the veil.

Post # 4
283 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

My dress. Fis aunty was all excited about making it but hadnt even started a mock pattern and so i went and bought one. It was nice to be able to go into a shop and try dresses on though, rather than not know what it was going to look like until a few weeks before the wedding. Hopefully all my other DIY ideas go to plan.

Post # 5
2073 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Not sure if I really wanted to DIY them, but buying invitations was soworth it. And paying little extra to have our return address printed and my name/ address printed on the RSVPs. I did our rehearsal dinner invites and I thought they were a pain in the butt.  

Post # 6
1252 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Card box… It was easier and much less expensive to buy the $12 Martha Stewart card box than to try to make something more elaborate…

Post # 7
2239 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I would say my invites were easier to buy than DIY myself.  My friend DIYed hers to save money, bought all the materials, and then ended up having to buy a brand new printer that would print on different size papers.  She thought she was going to save money but she didn’t.  Plus, mine have the return address printed on the outer and RSVP return envelopes.  Less writing for me — utter perfection — and less stress.  I’d let a pro do your invites.  DIYing them can be great but it also can turn into a nightmare.  I’m glad we bought ours — now all I have to worry about doing is writing people’s addresss on the outside of the main envelope.  Done.  lol

I’d say, for me, it was worth it to DIY flower girl baskets.  All of the ones in stores weren’t what I wanted so I started looking on etsy for something more country looking.  I found a basket that I loved!  BUT, they wanted $40 for each one and I have 3 girls.  So I was like eh….and started looking for the baskets myself to DIY.  When my Maid/Matron of Honor came into town we got burlap/lace and a glue gun and went to it.  I had found the exact same wooden basket at Michael’s for $3.99 each.  So times that by 3 + glue gun/lace/& burlap costs.  I’d say in the end because I had to buy the glue gun/extra glue it cost me around $50 to make 3 BUT I have leftover materials so it really cost less than that.  I have enough to decorate our guestbook which is a DIY project + have stuff to bring to the florist for our bouquet decorations.

So heck yeah, sometimes DIYing stuff is SOOOOOO worth it.  Plus, it makes things more personal for ya.  We are DIYing our cardbox too.  My FH and I will do that project together now that he’s almost done w/school.  It’s gonna be a blast!

Also, for our guestbook I just bought a big mason jar w/a vacumme seal (kinda like a big mason cookie jar).  Yeah, it may have cost like $15 BUT afterwards we’ll empty our stuff out of it, take the decorations off (not permanently attatching them) and we will use it for puppy treats or pantry storage…something.  We have no puppy but that was my hint to my FH, lolz!  

Good luck!

Post # 8
519 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I can’t really think of anything that I was going to DIY that I ended up buying…but if I had to go back, I would not made our invites. As other bees have said, making DIY invites is a pain. Ugh, our printer would smudge some of the invites, formatting was awful, and I had to go and put those little tiny pearls on each.and.every.single.invitation. And some bees get far more creative and in depth than my simple little invites. If it’s in your budget, pay the extra and don’t DIY your invites. 

On the other hand, something that I did DIY that I was super nervous about and considered buying was my veil. It ended up being my favorite DIY project and was not that difficult!

Post # 9
1855 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It just depends on what you want out of the experience… if you’ve got the skill level, and you’ve got the time, then it’s fine to DIY.  You just have to be honest with yourself about how much you want the specific thing and how much you’d be willing to pay for it.  If you can’t get it for that price, and you can make it, the DIY away!  Personally, having made many items for clients, I know what’s really time consuming and am planning accordingly for my own wedding.  Just because you can DIY doesn’t mean you should 🙂

Takes no time at all and is totally worth it to DIY:

– floral arrangements

– card boxes

– banners/signs

– plain veils

– flower girl baskets/ring pillows

Takes FOREVER and may be worth buying if $ isn’t a factor:

– multi-layer invites

– shoe strassing

– beaded/crystal veils

– elaborate aisle runners

– pomanders (if you’re using a lot)


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