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Review of DIY: worth it vs not worth it

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MakingTheGrade

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I thought it'd be interesting to review the things we DIYed and see if in hindsight it was worth doing it ourselves.

(I tried to link to images where I could)

Worth it:
1. Cake toppers - I painted little dolls to look like us in our martial arts uniforms, loved them
2. Invitations and Programs etc- I love designing and artsy stuff, it took a long, long, LONG time though, and many trial and error proofs.
3. Make up - I can't imagine fitting in another person and appointment into that day.
4. Dress - I designed a dress and had it made. Caused doubts and much anxiety, but worth it I think.
5. Goody bags for out of towners - This was just kind of fun. I enjoyed thinking of little things to put in.
6. Favors - we got favors (pearl bracelets for girls, keychains for guys) and assembled everything ourselves, much fun!

Not worth it:
1. Writing the escort cards/invitation envelopes by hand - printing would have been faster and easier, nobody would have cared.
2. Centerpieces - I thought about doing it myself, practiced a few, and just decided it would too much extra hassle, and when I asked the florist for a cost comparison, it wasn't enough of a difference for me to want to do it myself.
3. Setting up the reception area - it was kind of chaos. In hindsight, I might have hired someone like a Day-of-coordinator to take care of those details and keep track of that for everyone. Luckily my dad totally took it upon himself and pulled through for me.
4. Card box - this doesn't really count since I didn't try very hard and gave it rather quickly, what can I say, I'm not so good with the constructing of stuff it seems. I bought one at Michaels.


I guess I didn't have that much after all. Would be interested to hear what other people have found worth or not worth DIYing.
 

MagsyMay

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Very neat thread and I''m very interested to see the responses!

MTG, your wedding pics are amazing from what I''ve seen so far! Loved your cake toppers and dress, just beautiful and so unique. I only wish I was half as creative!
 

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Date: 8/23/2009 12:54:39 AM
Author: MagsyMay
Very neat thread and I''m very interested to see the responses!

MTG, your wedding pics are amazing from what I''ve seen so far! Loved your cake toppers and dress, just beautiful and so unique. I only wish I was half as creative!
Thanks, I''m hoping people will respond and link to their projects :)
I originally wanted to DIY pretty much everything for budget reasons, but then decided to just DIY the things I knew I''d enjoy doing.
 

katamari

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I am bumping this thread, because I love it and am interested in hearing more about it. I had a TON of DIY projects, too, but I feel like I don''t know if they are worth it or not until after the reception three weeks from now.
 
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