Post # 1
I don’t DIY anything really, but I’m planning to for our wedding.
The wedding is in June 2012, is it too early to start working on things like Save-The-Date Cards and invites??
I don’t want to jump the gun, but I also don’t want to be scrambling. I don’t really have a lot of help, so it will just be me working on projects. I want to DO something, but should I just have patience?
When did you start working on DIY projects?
Post # 3
Our wedding is in less than 9 months, and we haven’t started anything yet. I’m starting to panic but at the same time, I don’t feel like I’ve got enough ideas to start anything…I think if you’re ready to start some DIY projects, it’s never too early!
Post # 4
It’s exciting but you don’t want to regret your decisions so you could start designing things but just not print or figure out what projects you want to do but don’t buy the supplies.
Post # 5
i think it’s too early to start buying anything. your plans or ideas have plenty of time to change between now and your wedding. just keep up the inspiration-hunting. once you’re a year out, i would start on the stds…i know i loved doing them just because they were my first actual wedding project!
Post # 6
I’m in the same boat you are!! our date is Aug 2012. I’m typically not a DIY-er either but I wanted to start doing something as well. I’ve decided that because my schedule is busy and I know I’m going to be doing alot of this on my own-IT’S NOT TOO EARLY TO START!
I started a wedding binder! I went through all the magazines I had laying around and searched them for ideas- If I saw something I liked I ripped it out! This binder will keep it all in one place AND eliminate having to keep massive bridal magazines etc. and I feel good because I don’t have to try and explain my idea to someone I can just show them.
I seperated my binder into sections-budget, cake, dress, ideas, misc. I downloaded budget worksheets from martha stewart, as well as a 24 month timeline. I’ve been adding all kinds of things I see in magazines and online, plus when I think of a song or words for my vows, speeches etc. I write it down. But the fun part was cutting out pictures of flowers and decopaging the cover!!
I’ve only had it for a month but looking at it, I am already taking an “editing” eye to the things that I put in it. I think that we are so overloaded with options that everything is cute and we want it all, now is the time to figure out what you can and can’t do. You gotta give yourself time for hiccups–PLUS you can buy stuff if you catch sales throughout the year at craft shops. Don’t feel like its to early to be a bride–or do bride things… HAVE FUN!!
Post # 7
I think it’s a good time to start doing little things. My wedding is in August 2012 and I’ve started picking up vases for my centerpieces everytime I get a coupon for Michaels or Joannes fabrics. It makes me feel like I’m getting something done, and I’m also saving a lot of money. It’s especially nice that I’m paying for it little by little and it will be one less thing I’ll have to worry about at the last minute.
Post # 8
I would say right now is a good time for you to get organized. Make very concrete lists of everything you need to do. Set up timelines. Use inspiration boards (pinterest.com is great for this). I’d wait till summer to start actually doing anything. It also depends on how long you’ve been looking at wedding stuff for. I’d say you need about three months of obsessing to become saturated with all the ideas out there. After that you can probably make a decision you’ll stick to.
Post # 9
I started work almost immediately. These projects take a lot of time–it’s not just about taking a day to make something. It’s about picking everything out, waiting for online orders to come in, making sure all the colors go together, doing a trial run and then going out and grabbing whatever you think the project still needs, taking emergency runs to the craft store when you run out of glue….
I would start as soon as you can, especially since you are new to DIYing. I have been crafty my whole life, so things tend to go pretty smoothly for me because of experience. You may need a bit more trial-and-error time!
Also, if you’re having a pretty big wedding, keep in mind the sheer numbers of these things you’re going to have to make!!
Post # 10
I’d say wait to get started, especially on things like invitations. We had to change venues due to the first location’s error with 6 months to go. Luckily I had put off finalizing the order on our invitations, so we weren’t charged for a reprint. I’d be concerned that you’d have to change something in the wording, like the time or whatnot. But if you’re solidified in decor style, you could always start on those kind of DIYs. I started smaller things early, like painting table numbers and trial runs on the unity candle.
Post # 11
Our wedding is less than 6months away and I just started our diys last Thursday! (excluding the flowers I planted last spring).
Even though I plan on doing a lot of things myself, I have been putting it off because I’m a terrible procrastinator, hopefully now that I am under the crunch I’ll get my butt in gear 😉
Post # 12
@TinyTina: I am working on Save-The-Date Cards now! We are sending them out early though since we are having a Destination Wedding. We want to give people enough time to save up money if they wanna go!
Post # 13
I think it’s a bit early to actually start unless you have something that you’ve been dead set on for years and are confident it’s not going to change.
But, definitely not too early to start looking for inspiration and organizing. Make a comprehensive list of everything you want to make and the materials that you would need.