(Closed) Would you rather buy or DIY?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee

Honestly, I have so many DIY Pinterest ideas pinned but I do not want to deal with the stress and I really suck at projects, so if I can’t buy it or rent it or if it takes longer than 5 mins to do, it isn’t happening. 😉

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I love to craft, so I am chomping at the bit to get a final headcount on RSVPs so I can DIY the all-living crap out of everything.  Since you sew, why not get your DIY-chi running with that?  My venue includes white linens for the tables, but I also want dark purple runners, so I’ll be watching Jo-Ann’s for sales and making my own. 

I will admit that I have this same attitude at craft shows a lot: I won’t buy something I want because I know I can make it.  But then I never bother to make it!  Or I see something and know I can make it for a lot cheaper than what they are selling it for… except that after buying all the materials, it actually costs me more, and now I have even more stuff to try and cram into my crafting drawers.  Just be realistic about cost effectiveness and your own personal motivation!

Post # 5
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Helper bee

I’m also not too into DIY. It’s just too time consuming and my apartment is too small to hold too much crafty stuff.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Talega Golf Club, San Clemente

I’ve always been crafty…jumping from one hobby to the next, so my wedding was 90% DIY and 10% my family and friends telling me I wasn’t allowed to do EVERYTHING. That said, there are DIY brides and pay a creative soul to do the work for you brides. There is nothing wrong with either!!

Those brides who do it all get the credit for hand making things, and those who pay someone to do it instead are supporting business – and someone else’s creativity. (Not to mention avoiding the split fingernails, glitter covered everything, and stress atop stress upon stress) Win/Win.

My DIY wedding overflow actually caused me to open up an Etsy shop to unload my extras; and I’ve devoted a lot more time to it now that the company I work for is slowly circling the drain.  So, on behalf of one of those crafty souls creating treasures to make brides happy – Thank you!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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juliaGG:  How do I feel? Just like you, minus the guilt you seem to feel about not excelling at DIY. Planned my wedding in four months. Tough to buy everything in that time, much less create stuff.

 

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I have DIY-ed the hell out of my wedding! Hah. It all started when I bought a hot glue gun, which has pretty much been my favourite purchase of 2015, and that includes my wedding ring. 

Just less than a month to go and so far I have made all the placenames, table names, order of service cards, hula hoop/fairylight chandeliers (look them up!), bought and sanded an old multi-pane windowframe and written out the table plan in liquid chalk with each pane of glass as a separate table (does that make sense?!), decorated 32 jam jars with lace and ribbon for flowers and tealights, sewn my own table runners, sewn 500 metres of bunting and made a paper flower banner which looks so hideous that I can’t use it but it took so many hours that I can’t get rid of it either.

It’s all been part of the excitement for me – but if it’s not your idea of fun then you shouldn’t feel bad about it! You obviously have an idea of what you want your wedding to look like, and if you have the funds to pay someone else to take the stress, broken nails, hot glue gun burns and paper cuts (SO MANY papercuts) then don’t ever feel bad about it. We’re all different 🙂

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I should say: my FH kept telling me to just buy things for goodness’ sake, so we did have the funds, I just WANTED to DIY!

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2015 - California

I’d rather DIY. I love to make things, so much so that I too recently opened up an Etsy shop to help make things for others! It only made sense to DIY our wedding for me. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015 - Carmen\'s Lakeview

I bought all the stuff for my wedding. I’m not crafty at all plus I priced it out to DIY and it worked out to cost more than paying someone else to do it (not counting the time to do those projects). I couldn’t justify it, plus someone else could do a much better job! 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

For me, the decision to DIY (wedding or not) is purely based on effort and cost. If I’d have to expend an outrageous amount of effort and/or it’d cost me just as much to make it as it would to just purchase it, I’d probably purchase it. If it’s something within my skill set that I’d enjoy doing, can save a little money on, and have the time to do it without making myself crazy, I’ll gladly DIY it.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

I am not creative at all, and I do not have crafting talent. I bought everything.

Post # 14
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Helper bee

I’ve been a combination – we were quoted $2500 for 200 invitations… NO THANK YOU! I just found a free template on the internet and did it myself in microsoft word and had them printed through vistaprint for like $400. Caligrapher? NO THANK YOU! I figured out how to put envelopes through my printer and they came out wonderful! $10 each for those wire name hangers? They cost less than $2 to make and I think mine came out great! $200 for a guestbook or for someone on etsy to print a custom poster? I bought a HUGE mirror at homegoods for $35, some stencils and etching cream, and am going to etch our last name into the center and have everyone sign the big mirror and we can then display in our home. I also loved another bee’s mirror table numbers, so I bought them from dollar store and they’ll end up being $2/table number! I love those clay cake toppers that look like the bride and groom that cost almost $200 on etsy… bought some clay and already had wire from my wire hangers so those cost me about $20 to make (I actually did a trial run and I really like them, but I think I am going to redo them and just tweak a few things that I learned while doing the first one).

 

However, I’m doing these things because there are things I will not budge on and we are splurging on – like catering, photography, videography, a planner, hair/makeup, flowers, etc. Those things I feel like I cannot do myself (mainly the things I cannot complete ahead of time and would like someone else to be in charge of on the day).

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

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juliaGG:  I like the IDEA of being able to turn a pinterest image or idea into a perfect product. However, I am not creative or patient and I’m also fussy..so having something with flaws would have driven me nuts. My go to were Pinterest and Etsy. I went from one app to the other, showed my favorite Etsy vendors what i wanted on Pinterest, what colors/details I wanted changed, asked how much and paid them to make everything for us.. Best decision I made! I woud have gone crazy otherwise.

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