Everything DIY

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Beeble Posts : 306 Registered: 11/19/09
Everything DIY
Posted: Jan 11, 2011 6:20 PM

Hey Everyone!

I thought I'd start a DIY thread since I did a search and only came up with a couple threads on specific things.

I'd like people to post anything DIY from/for your wedding. Post pics or links, inspiration pics, ideas, thoughts etc.

I enjoy doing crafty things and have a few DIY things planned to keep myself busy between now and the wedding.

Looking forward to see what you all have up your sleeves!


CatStandish Posts : 2,766 Registered: 6/20/08
Re: Everything DIY
Posted: Jan 11, 2011 10:33 PM Go to message in response to: Beeble

we DIYd a lot.... and most of it was not obviously so.

1. DH built his pirate ship container for the Nutter Butter Pirate Ship

2. I added all the embellishments to my veil (yep, sewed close to 600 beads or more, onto my veil)

3. DH made frames that we used for our aisle decoration.

4. I made soaps for our OOT bags. DH made the mold

5. I took grocery store bags and decorated them for OOT bags (we were really lucky that a local Food World was going out of business and I got them each for 25 cents)

6. We printed our own invitations

7. We printed our own programs

8. We wrote our own wedding vows

9. We DIYd the box that the handfasting cords are stored in

10. My aunt last minute random DIYd the glass candle holder (it looked plain. I had ribbon and beads and a glue gun nearby. She was bored. It is beautiful)

11. I made candles for our table decoration

12. We created our own table lables (Dollar Tree has really nice framed and frame holders)

13. I DIYd the toasting glasses for the wedding party.

14. We made our wedding favors.

15. I designed and prepared the ornamentation for my ceiling decoration (my bridesmaids put it up)

16. We designed our own wedding logo

17. We designed our place card settings (they are still the cutest things!)

18. DH created the playlist for our wedding reception music

19. DH designed the seating plan

20. DH also set up the food tables

21. And while we did not MAKE our wedding cake, we did design it.

and we set up and tore down our reception venue

I think that's it.



Beeble Posts : 306 Registered: 11/19/09
Re: Everything DIY
Posted: Jan 12, 2011 10:54 AM Go to message in response to: CatStandish

Cat: Wow that is a lot of things!!! Did you do your wedding and food for pretty low budget?

I just picked up a glue gun this week and I'm thinking that it's going to come in handy.

My FH's mom is really into cardmaking, she has a whole room dedicated to paper and supplies! So we told he our colors and she has done a few mock ups for us to look at and will make our inviations, table numbers, seating chart etc. Basically anything that has to do with paper. I'll see if I can post the mock ups when I get them for ppl to "vote" on. lol

I plan on making the flowers (ribbon roses) and bouquets for myself and the bridesmaids. Depending on how long that takes and the venue setup I may make centerpieces as well.

I thought about DIYing the cake, or at least the gum paste flowers to go on it, but I think that will be too much pressure and too close to the wedding to think about.

FH will take care of the ipod list for sure. That's his kinda thing!


PharmToxGirl Posts : 5,446 Registered: 8/30/07
Re: Everything DIY
Posted: Jan 12, 2011 1:23 PM Go to message in response to: Beeble

We did our own -

Place cards
Table Seating (but you have to do that yourself)
Decorated the Unity Candle
Attached veil to comb
Painted baskets for the FGs
Mom and Aunt made FG dresses
Aunt made the Flower decorations for the church that went with us to the reception (and went back to the church for their Sunday Sermon)

Things I got from my MIL's Shed from her Party Store, i.e. free -
Things for favors
Pillar Candle for Unity Candle
Other assorted things

Things that were included with the venue -
All decorations
Table Flower Centerpieces
Table Cards (Table 1, etc)
Champagne Glasses

For my Mom's wedding, we did the flower centerpieces. The guy at her reception wanted to hire me. He couldn't believe that my ex-SIL and I did them.

But if you do your own flower arrangements with real flowers (And I mean arrangements vs putting flowers in a vase) - I really suggest you do them the day before. Also, you need to be able to refrigerate the flowers and then the arrangements.





Beeble Posts : 306 Registered: 11/19/09
Re: Everything DIY
Posted: Jan 14, 2011 12:12 PM Go to message in response to: PharmToxGirl

Yay, I finally figured out how to post pictures. Here are the DIY invites that my FMIL is creating for us.

Here is the little tree thing i found at the thrift shop that I'm going to use for some inspiration.

And here you can kinda see the ribbon roses I will be using to put bouquets together


CatStandish Posts : 2,766 Registered: 6/20/08
Re: Everything DIY
Posted: Jan 14, 2011 7:45 PM Go to message in response to: Beeble

our food was catered by Walmart, so it was pretty inexpensive. AND I got a wedding day serious break from them that I could not have planned on.

I ordered 3 large trays of many items.
They ran out of large trays

So they gave me 4 medium trays (same amount of food or maybe a little more) for the items I ordered. Basically, everything I ordered got an extra tray.

On top of that....instead of charging me for 4 medium trays (or even for 3 large trays)... they charged me for 3 MEDIUM trays. I saved at least $100 on food. (Not only that... the large trays would NEVER have fit into the fridge at my venue :).... talk about a lucky break!)

As far as others.

My veil cost:
$50 for the veil itself (I bought a basic already assembled veil the length/style I liked)
$25 for the beads/supplies (ebay! Swarovski Pearls)
So, yeah, it was $75...but if I'd have bought the veil I wore, it would have been well over $300 (Those suckers are EXPENSIVE when they start getting embellished!)

We took over a year to plan our wedding, and we did a LOT of shopping the first couple months after we got engaged -- why? Because Fall Colors were on 75% off sale at Christmas! And White Christmas Lights were on sale after christmas.

We yard saled and ebayed.

A major craft store in our area went out of business (bad for later, but GREAT for a DIY bride! Oh the savings).

Hobby Lobby always has sales, and because we were on a long time frame, we shopped, and watched the sale sheets.

We did have to buy two items twice;
Programs - we printed them up 2 months before the wedding. Two weeks later, DHs entire wedding party had to drop out. We had to buy them again and reprint

Candle holder: the blasted thing broke and I had to go buy one the day before the wedding....NOT ON SALE dang it! :)

About the only item we were not able to get on discount was the Hershey Miniatures that I wanted on the table -- you know, the fall mix? Sure, I could have gotten them after halloween and frozen them for a year. But I wanted fresh chocolates :)

Place cards we designed (they were really cute... each table was a "Clan"...so the place cards had the tartans printed out, and the person's name was on a small patch of white.

Invites... got those with a 50% off coupon (picked the invite out and then waited for the coupon)

Basically, when you DIY, you have to plan long term -- and that means picking out things but not buying. It means hitting the craft stores and watching their sales flyers weekly. etc

But yes...low budget. $3,500



mrscreamer2be Posts : 153 Registered: 6/14/09
Re: Everything DIY
Posted: Jan 14, 2011 8:04 PM Go to message in response to: Beeble

Beeble, I wouldn't suggest doing your own cake. I just think it'd be too much work before preparing for your wedding.


flowers- bridal bouquet, BM bouquets, FG bouquet, bouttenieres(sp?) and centerpieces. I embellished my bouquet with a 1930'a rhinestone brooch that I borrowed from my MIL. I also used an ivory silk ribbon to wrap my flowers. I used fresh flowers. It was a lot of work! We were up till midnight finishing them up, but they looked beautiful and saved us a lot of money! And no one could believe I did them. (we bought the church arrangements from a florist)

MOH- did invites for us. She embossed them and everything. They looked very expensive!

escort cards, table numbers- I embellished them with stamps and pens, they came out very pretty!


dodgercpkl Posts : 130 Registered: 9/27/09
Re: Everything DIY
Posted: Jan 19, 2011 8:39 AM Go to message in response to: Beeble

Here's the list of DIY that I did:

Engagement Party Invites
Wedding Invitations (semi DIY)
Flower Girl Basket
Card Box
Dessert Stands
Table Name Cards
Table Name Card Holders
Guest Book
Place Cards (semi DIY)
PhotoShare Cards
Favors (semi DIY)
Bubbles (semi DIY)
Gingersnap Cookies
Blueberry Muffins

All of this can be seen on my bio here: Link: http://www.projectwedding.com/biography/list/dodgercpkl

I'm also currently DIY'ing our wedding scrapbooks both online (for our parents) and regular old real life scrapbooking for ours. :)

I love the projects you have done so far! I think one of my favorite parts of wedding forums these days are seeing all of the projects that people have done/are doing!


Beeble Posts : 306 Registered: 11/19/09
Re: Everything DIY
Posted: Jan 19, 2011 11:20 AM Go to message in response to: dodgercpkl

Wow girls! That is a lot of DIY! It's given me some ideas.

I thought of something today that isn't totally DIY but thought was a neat idea. Customized Jones Soda! I looked into it and it's not quite as expensive as I thought. $30 for a 12 pack.


Could add a really cute splash of color to the tables or on a candy buffet.


PharmToxGirl Posts : 5,446 Registered: 8/30/07
Re: Everything DIY
Posted: Jan 19, 2011 1:06 PM Go to message in response to: Beeble

As for the wedding cake - my MIL did a really pretty two or three layer cake (one cake not tiered) for my BIL's wedding and then did cupcakes. It fit them and was very pretty.

She was seriously stressing over it though - so I'm not sure I would suggest that.

BUT having a bakery do a cake like she did and then getting a sheet cake from else where (or that bakery) for less $ that you keep in back and just gets served can save $. Or having that cake and having different cupcakes is also another idea. You can save money but not at the expense of your sanity.





Beeble Posts : 306 Registered: 11/19/09
Re: Everything DIY
Posted: Jan 24, 2011 2:22 PM Go to message in response to: PharmToxGirl

I just went to the wedding fair on the weekend and I was actually surprised that our local grocery store charged as much or more for wedding cakes as some of the fancier local bakeries.

I'm leaning towards going and buying 2 or 3 plain "birthday" cakes and renting a nice cake stand and pre-making some modeling chocolate flowers ( can be made weeks in advance) and decorations to stick on to make it look more wedding ish. We could save 2-300 dollars doing it this way.

However I did find a bakery at the fair and sampled their cake and it was the best cake I ever tasted... so if we save elsewhere I might "splurge" on a cake from there. They come highly recommended by the girls at work as well.


WellWisher Posts : 175 Registered: 1/2/10
Re: Everything DIY
Posted: Jan 24, 2011 3:01 PM Go to message in response to: Beeble

I think it's fine to go with the sheet cake, but PLEASE don't do a fake cake. As a guest, they make no sense. You mean to tell me that people will spend a lot of money to decorate Styrofoam for the main layer, and then add one tier of cake on top to make everyone think it's a real cake? That's not fooling anyone!

I wen to a wedding once that did this. The bride wanted a really big cake, but only had a budget for sheet cake, so she did most of the cake in sheets and had a half-Styrofoam cake.

Weird and horrible. Like the friends that you invite, that come, that bring a gift, that mean to celebrate for all the right reasons, really care how big the cake is. And why do it "for the pictures" if the pictures from your own wedding are fake?!? That's for the theatre, not for one of the happiest days of your life. Also, none of your REAL friends are going to care if their piece of cake is from a sheet or not. And wouldn't there be a higher chance of food poisoning if your piece of cake has been in a warm room on top of that stuff for hours?

Sorry to hijack, just had to get it off my chest.


Beeble Posts : 306 Registered: 11/19/09
Re: Everything DIY
Posted: Jan 24, 2011 4:13 PM Go to message in response to: WellWisher

Oh darn, I was totally going to do a styrofoam cake for "display only"


CatStandish Posts : 2,766 Registered: 6/20/08
Re: Everything DIY
Posted: Jan 24, 2011 7:30 PM Go to message in response to: Beeble

drat! I was going to recommend you go to a baker and ask how much it would cost to rent their display cake! :)



Beeble Posts : 306 Registered: 11/19/09
Re: Everything DIY
Posted: Jan 25, 2011 10:32 AM Go to message in response to: CatStandish

You can do that! Awesome = )


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