(Closed) When to start?

posted 7 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I would get as much done as soon as possible if I were you. Unless there are limitations like storing items or when you can receive the materials. I started mine a 9-10 months before my wedding.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I would start ASAP. I personally waited until about 4 months out, and felt like a crazy person the entire time working on things nonstop. Of course, we did EVERYTHING ourselves, but if you can stuff out of the way and not have to worry about making things as your day approaches, you will be a lot more relaxed.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I think it depends on what your projects are, and how many you have.  Personally i work on DIY everynight for my april wedding, but since I am making all of the flowers out of paper…. well thats quite a project.  If you are just doing a cardbox and table numbers, etc, then you probably don’t have to start just yet, but it couldn’t hurt.  Keep in mind that things may get dusty by then!! 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I started a few months out, and should be in a pretty good position when the wedding rolls around. There will still be a ton to do, but it should only be things that HAD to wait (like, we’re doing our own fresh flowers).

I agree with PPs, do as much as you can – if you know it needs to be done, do it now! Things will always come up that you forgot about, and it’s much better to have extra time at the end than to go crazy and leave stuff out that you wanted to do.

As for priorities, the only suggestions I would offer would be to start with things that won’t “go bad” (flowers, buying candy for a DIY candy buffet, etc). Of course, it’s pretty obvious, but those should be the first things you move to the bottom of the DIY list.

The other things to wait on would be those that are dependent on the guest list numbers – programs, menus, favors, etc. Start with everything else, then when those are done, get started on the guest-dependent ones.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I am four months out from my wedding, and just beginning my DIYs (except the Save-The-Date Cards… we did those a couple of months ago).

I just wanted to be SURE of what projects I wanted to include and be reasonable about how much I could do. Also, I’m rather indecisive so my ideas have greatly evolved over the past year or so.

I’m glad I waited this long – now all my projects are organized and planned, and I can really dig in and get them done!

But if you KNOW what you want to DIY, do it as soon as you can! There’s always more to do as you’re getting closer to the day. 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We got engaged in November and I started DIY in January.  First project out gate was Save-The-Date Cards which were pretty involved and labor intensive but very original and personalized.  I would get going pronto.  Forget dust and storage space projects take time to get done right.  My dining room is serving as my storage area.  Everything is getting boxed in plastic bins with labels and pictures on top.  Plus buying things at Michael’s at 40% off takes lots of time since you can only use a coupon a day.  Starting early is also necessary since I am paying cash for all the supplies and its nice to spread out so I’m not suddenly broke two weeks before the wedding.

By now you probably have an idea of what you want and now its time to put it into action.  I have done a lot of writing out text and designing of materials(Wedding Newsletter, Timeline, Menu Cards, Invitation Suite, Table Numbers, Program) and will plug in the information when I get it.  Some things like rehearsal dinner invites, which are necessary but by next April I won’t want to deal with are already stuffed and addressed.  No such thing as starting so soon!  Go check out the May 2012 board and you will be surprised how much some have done!  Have fun!  

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yeah, I’m going to be the odd ball and go ahead and say, I started mine today! 🙂 A year in advance! Yeah I said it. A year!! LOL We did Napkins and breast cancer bows. I figured, do the small things a little bit at a time, when I have the money and time to do it. I don’t want to have to rush towards the end.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@sweetnote10: On the prioritizing side of the DIY, I say do the things that aren’t going to change first… like stuff with your names & initials (favor tags, candy stickers, centerpiece wraps, etc.)… then start working towards the name cards and things like that since there might be last minute changes as you get closer to the wedding.

And as far as when to start, I would start ASAP b/c you never know what else might come up as you get closer to the wedding or how busy you will be with last minute fittings and things…. you can always get storage boxes and stack things in an unused room or other space….

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

i’ve been DIYing for about 10 months and now that i’m only weeks away from the wedding (!!!!!!!!!!) it’s almost all done and my dining room table (which has been piled with projects for said 10 months!) is now empty – which freaks me out! so i say start now.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2012

That’s another good point…the earlier you start the more money you can save by using coupons for your supplies and Michael’s has tons of DIY kits online!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I started about three months out, and am just finishing up. I didn’t feel overly stressed, but I did have all of my inspiration pics, ideas, wording, etc all planned and organized before the six month mark. I just didn’t want to live with everything sitting around the house for longer than necessary.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I started about a year in advance on some of the projects. Most were done 3-4 months in advance. However, the more you finish earlier, the less stress you’ll have over lingering projects in the final months leading up to the wedding. Luckily, my best friend, husband, parents, and even my brother-in-law helped assemble the last minute projects in the days leading up to the wedding, but there wasn’t a ton left to finish that final week.

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