(Closed) What was the most time consuming thing you had to do for your wedding?

posted 6 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

So far it has been invitations. I am doing lots of inserts in pocketfolds and layers, so there has been tons of cutting using a paper trimmer.

Flowers/centerpieces also look to take awhile. (Silk) I just did three Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, 3 corsages, 6 boutonnieres, and my bouquet and it took about 4.5 hours, and I had already decided everything and had all the supplies out. The bouts were surprisingly time consuming, they were really fiddly.

Post # 4
3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Mine was the chuppah (wedding canopy).  I loved how it came out in the end, but nearly gave up partway through.

Post # 5
2006 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

bouquets and centerpieces, since I made them all myself out of paper flowers (that I also made)

I had to make 18 topiaries, 6 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, my bouquet, 2 mini bouquets for the mothers, 3 corsages, and 8 boutonnierres

Post # 6
353 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I did my own flowers – 6 bouquets and 16 tables.  It took about 6 hours total on the Thursday and Friday before the wedding. 3 hours on Thursday to trim stems, cut off leaves and extra petals and thorns, and sort them in to groups, then 3 hours Friday to do a quick stem trim and actually make the bouquets.

I collected all of the vases and bottles and jars too – but that didn’t really feel time consuming, because I just kinda enjoyed antique store browsing throughout the year we were engaged.

Handwriting 130+ personailized thank you notes has been BY FAR the most time consuming, but thats post wedding!

Post # 7
11272 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

tissue pomanders.  i made over 1200 tissue flowers to make my pomanders. 

it didn’t take long to cut and fold them (i started 4 months in advance) it just took a long time to fluff them all. 

i was seriously still fluffing them the day before for a last minute project.

Post # 8
2903 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I made my own favors…..they were little purple tulle bags of candy, hershey minitures that I had stickers that wrapped around them that covered the label that said “Thank You for sharing our blessed day” 1/1/11 and a picture of a purple lotus flower on the side. I put those in the little bags along with other purple candies and bubbles that I wrapped small purple ribbon bows around the top of them. Seemed like it took FOREVER to sort them out, and wrap them up. I did around 250 of them.

Post # 10
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

Haha that’s an interesting question! I spent a lot of time painting our save-the-dates and invites (I painted the design onto cardstock, had it scanned at Kinko’s, and had the cards printed… but the sketching and painting process probably took a total of ~8 hours). And assembling both the Save-The-Date Cards and invitations took time, because I wrapped them into little packets using baker’s twine.

I have been spending a lot of time lately wrapping up our DIY chalkboards – writing neatly on them is tough!! I keep messing up and needing to erase and start again!

As far as other DIY projects that have taken time… Probably making tissue paper tassels for decorations, and making drink stirs. Nothing that has taken forEVER though – I think DIY calligraphy for the envelopes would’ve been too time consuming, so I try to draw the line on projects that take more than a couple hours.

Post # 11
378 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Paper products. Omg, paper products. I thought it would be so easy. Invitations, save the dates, programs, menus, placecards… you think it will be easy, but you never realize how long it takes! You can have printer problems, things not aligning right, and then even when everything’s printed, you have to assemble it! Took me so long to put the programs and placecards together. Of course, I did fan programs and chair-shaped placecards, so I made it hard on myself.

I think every bride will pay for something different. Generally, though, if I wanted to pay for something, I very easily could have. I did paper products because I didn’t think it was worth the amount it would have cost to order things. And I am an A-type personality so I could never have trusted someone else to “DIY.”

Post # 12
686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

My brooch bouquet by far!. I has around 200 brooches and earrings. All hand wired by hand individually, and taped. 

Then my bridesmaids bouquets all hand made too. They are buttom and felt flowers (all hand embroided)

Post # 14
14495 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Bead stems. Luckily hubs figured out how to do them with the drill, but they still took forever. I ended up not liking the bead bouquet but still used a ton in my bouquet and in the centerpieces. A year and a half later, I still have a ton left over.

Post # 16
2100 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Paper Hydrangea Pomanders – they were beautiful but took over a couple of hours to do each one between the punching of the paper and the insertion of the pins – they did look pretty but were just monotonous to do.

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