It has happened.
It happens to brides all the time, and I’m afraid I, too, have fallen victim to that saucy little vixen known as Etsy. It’s like a drug, I’m telling you.
The only problem is that my bank account doesn’t exactly allow for frivolous purchases, especially ones involving adorably handmade wedding items that make it SO HARD to prevent myself from clicking that tempestuous “add to cart” button.
Observe exhibit A:
Etsy seller Lollipop Workshop makes THE MOST adorable custom cake toppers (which other bees before me have understandably purchased!). The only thing preventing me from placing an order is the $150 price tag—OUCH. But, being the slightly narcissistic crafter that I am, I started thinking that if Lollipop Workshop can create such fantastic little cake toppers, why can’t I do the same thing? So that’s exactly what I’m doing.
Anyway, there’s only so much I can do with this project until it gets closer to the day, because there’s no way of knowing at this point what Mr. A and I will be wearing or how my hair will be styled, etc. HOWEVER, I did buy the necessary wooden materials (which came to a whopping $10, by the way) and the appropriate paint and painting supplies (another $5), which will more than likely be half the money I’ll be spending TOTAL to make this little sucker. OK, are you ready for a little sneaky-peek? Gah, I’m SO EXCITED! Here we go!
Me and Mr. A, naked peg people version! (Photo by Miss Armadillo)
Overall, I am SO EXCITED with how they’re turning out. Sure, they may be a little less polished looking than the Etsy version, but I definitely think going the DIY route has been the better choice for me (and for the pocketbook!). And the best part is that I can proudly proclaim to inquiring guests that “I made that!” I think Lollipop Workshop is an amazing artist, and I wish I could match the skills in terms of painting and general creativity. However, when working with a budget well under the $10,000 mark for the entire wedding, every dollar counts. I’ve found I can sacrifice some of the aesthetic appeal for the sake of doing some serious penny-pinching in the cake topper department.
What DIY projects have you been surprised to find come out as good as they did? Could you ever trust yourself to replicate a more expensive option of something to cut back on spending?
Go out and be DIY inspired! Who knows? You might even surprise yourself!
- Houston, Texas
- Graduate Student
- Wedding Date:
- March 2013
- First Presbyterian Church/Bay City Civic Center