getting overwhelmed at the thought of DIY

So I've always been really crafty and I am very buget minded so doing a lot of DIY seems like a greta idea. I've seen so many greta ideas on PW, they are all swirling around in my head and I'm trying to get it down to just a few main things that Im going to DIY. The thing is as much as I do want to do it, I'm getting really worried about timing and getting it all done!!


How are you ladies prioritizing your DIY and timing your craftiness so you dont end up running around like a madwoman the weeks before your wedding trying to get everythng done???

Posted on January 1, 2010 at 7:44 am
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rye8924
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One step at a time lol. I made a list and prioritized by time. Like invitations had to be done first, and bouts and such could wait until the last minute. And then I enlisted the help of friends and family. Those who could sew helped with table runners, anyone crafty helped with invites, etc. One project at a time was also good. Just sit down and do it start to finish, preferably with an assembly line of friends and family! Worked for me anyways.

Posted on January 1, 2010 at 3:23 pm
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In addition to timing things according to when they need to be done, I'd suggest ranking them by their importance to you.  For example, you can get relatively inexpensive invitations, and most people throw the invitations out pretty quickly after getting them.  Thus, you might decide that while you'd like to make your own invitations, it isn't of huge importance.  In that case, you might decide to focus first on something that either saved you a lot of money or was of personal importance to you, and do the invitations yourself only if you had time left over.  Conversely, if personalized invitations are important to you, you might do them first and leave other things until later.


I ended up with a huge number of DIY projects by the end.  However, because I ranked them in order of importance, I never stressed about them.  I knew that if I ran out of time, it would only be for those projects of the least importance to me.

Posted on January 1, 2010 at 8:11 pm
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I'd say one of the most important things is to stick to what you're good at.



We're all better at some things than others. Be realistic and only take on what you know you can do well. The idea of putting together 20 floral centerpieces might seem like a good one, but if you've never done it before, stop. If you are planning on trying something that's new to you, do a test run with plenty of time to call in a professional if it all goes horribly wrong! :)

Posted on January 7, 2010 at 11:10 am
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I did my own Invitations/RSVP's, Programs, Favors and Centrepieces - they're all done now and the wedding's in August.


Like the other poster's said, make your list of what you really, really want to do and then what you're OK outsourcing if need me.


Don't stress - it'll all work out

Posted on January 13, 2010 at 11:10 am
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This is helpful info, ladies - I want to do some DIY projects, too, so it's helpful to hear how to slow down and prioritize!  :)

Posted on January 14, 2010 at 5:16 am
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And try to research your projects.  Take flower pomanders for example.  There are 50 different ways to make them - spend some time searching the web to find which method makes the most sense to you and which you would be most comfortable with.


Above all, allow enough time to complete the projects.  It's probably just me, but if directions indicate completion will take an hour to do, it takes me two (I'm a bit of a perfectionist/anal/don't really know what to call it - LOL!)  Besides, rushing will only cause mistakes, whereas allowing enough time to ENJOY what you are doing will also produce better results.


I agree prioritizing is good and I think rye is spot on regarding a timeline.  No reason to make reception table numbers before STD's for example.


 

Posted on January 14, 2010 at 10:08 am
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I brainstormed all the DIYs I wanted to do and evaluated whether each one worked toward the ultimate goal of a unified look for our wedding. If it didn't fit in, I chucked it. That way, I narrowed down the list. Then the remaining DIYs were prioritized by cost and production time/intensity.

Posted on January 14, 2010 at 10:19 am

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