(Closed) Why do we DIY?

posted 10 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
541 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I love to DIY! I do it because it’s cheaper and I also like the control. haha. I have always loved doing crafts too so I don’t feel any pressure. I actually love the feeling of completing something I made, exactly the way I wanted it to be.

Post # 4
439 posts
Helper bee

Ditto justeen.  I just like doing it.  It takes my mind off of work and school, and I can relax and just craft.  I don’t feel any pressure by it.

Post # 5
9024 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

two main reasons;

-to save money

-to get the exact look i want, which is more specific to my taste than the regular wedding stuff on sale

Post # 6
16 posts
  • Wedding: January 2011

I totally agree with you guys! I love to DIY! Ever since I began planning, I’ve been saying “I can do that!” Not only is it cheaper, but just like justeen said, I like the control. I want to be part of everything and it’s all personalized with my own personal touch. I’ve already made and sent out my STD magnets and they turned out great 🙂

Post # 7
823 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011 - The Tribute Golf Club

Honestly, I did/do it to pass time in my long engagement!  I have found a love for it, and enjoy knowing that things are the way I want them to be 🙂

Post # 8
527 posts
Busy bee

This may sound backwards, but for me DIYing is relaxing.  I love to just put on a movie or TV series marathon and zone out on crafting instead of stressing about work.

Post # 9
1001 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I just enjoyed doing it.  Why should I pay hundreds of dollars for chocolates for the favors, when I made them myself for $80?  Same with the invites.  I had fun doing it, I could make it exactly how I wanted, AND I saved money. 

Post # 10
236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

#1 – to save money.

#2 – i really enjoy it. “wedding crafts” as i refer to it as has been my hobby the last 9 months.

#3 – it’s turned into bonding time for me and my mom. I’m really going to miss that.

#4 – I get a real sense of pride when i hear “you;re invites were gorgeous!” “that bouquet is amazing, where did you get it?” and i can say “thanks! did it myself!”

Did I mention that I do it to save money. 🙂

Post # 11
3343 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

People were calling me Martha Stewart at my wedding because of my DIYs.  I didn’t think I took on that much, but for people who aren’t in the bridal world it was alot! 

Post # 12
3315 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

At my first wedding, I didn’t DIY anything.  I was working full-time and going to law school 3/4 time, and I just didn’t have the time.  And a lot of the things I see people DIYing are things we just did without.  We didn’t decorate either the ceremony venue or the reception venue, except that my ILs got some flowers for the ceremony venue.  (We would have left even those out, left to our own devices.)  We didn’t have programs.  We had the reception at a restaurant, so they supplied food, tables, chairs, linens, etc.  We didn’t have music or dancing at the reception.  The wedding was just fine as far as I was concerned.  I made it through law school without going insane, and I stayed married for 20 years.  (I wish I had been able to stay married for life, but the issues certainly didn’t relate to anything about the original wedding.)

This time, my wife and I did far more DIY.  There were several reasons for this.  First, I am now self-employed, and my wife was unemployed during our engagement, so we had more free time.  We had no financial assistance from anyone with the wedding, so if we wanted something we couldn’t afford, we either DIYed or did without.  And the wedding itself was a much bigger deal to me, because we had believed for so long that we would never be able to get married.

Even so, I rationed our DIY efforts.  With regard to each project, we would DIY only if:  a) we wanted something that was not commercially available at all (e.g., invitations and programs based on the artwork of our ketubah (Jewish wedding contract) or b) the amount saved represented a reasonable “payment” for the amount of time and energy required. This meant, for example, that my wife designed our invitations.  However, we did not make the pocketfolds ourselves, and we did not print the invitations out ourselves–we paid Cards & Pockets to handle those tasks.  We didn’t DIY pomanders, because pomanders were just not important to us to justify the time involved.

I do see some people who seem to think that DIYing every aspect of the wedding is a moral imperative.  I don’t believe that.  If a project is going to take you hours, and save you only a couple of bucks, I’d say don’t do it unless you really want something you can’t get commercially.  And remember that your marriage, and your career, are more important than the one day of your wedding, so don’t let wedding planning jeopardize those things.

Post # 13
610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Ditto Bells.

Post # 14
722 posts
Busy bee

I didn’t.

I planned everything myself and decided at the beginning not to overthink things and keep things simple. In some instances I chose to eliminate things I would have to DIY, such as favors. I wanted this time to be stress free and I didnt want to have anything to do my wedding weekend besides hang out with my out of town guests.

Post # 15
2271 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I don’t! I greatly admire people that do! But I am all thumbs when it comes to “crafty” things.

Post # 16
499 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I started doing it to save money. Plain and simple. But as I got going I realized that I really like how personal it makes everything feel for me. And Mr. E loves it too.

Funny thing is, I’m not a crafter. I’m not really super creative nor am I a scrapbooker or a graphic design gal. Heck, I can’t even sew a button on a shirt. For reals. But for some reason I haven’t messed this all up yet so I’m just going with the flow and hoping I’m not making some freaky hokey wedding plan.

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