Let’s Get This DIY Show on the Road

As much as I love picking and choosing vendors to take part in our wedding day (mainly because they are pros and I know their work will be fabulous!), there are certain items I would really like to DIY and prepare myself. Outside of wedding planning, I LOVE to craft and create. (One of my favorite rooms in our new house is my dedicated crafting room! Thanks, Mr. C!) I promised myself early on that I wouldn’t get overloaded with projects during the planning process, but who says I can’t still squeeze a few in here and there!? 🙂 Although I won’t be physically creating some of the larger aspects of the wedding, like the floral arrangements, I have plans to create some smaller yet very important details for the Big Day. So far, I have plans to:

  • sew/create the ring bearer’s pillow
  • design some sort of holder, probably a frame, for the escort cards at the reception
  • put together a gift/care package for my lovely bridesmaids
  • create table numbers for the reception
  • decide on our exit from the reception, and then put together whatever “supplies” will be needed

So far I have ideas for the ring pillow, something with a big bow and possibly lace:


Image via Hand & Heritage on Etsy


Image via OneBlushingBride on Etsy

I also have ideas for the escort card holder—I’m thinking a large frame with ribbon hung across it to hold the cards, like so:


Image via The Knot / Photo by Laura Novak

It’s not a very extensive list at this point, but I do love the idea of a few handmade items making their way into our wedding in some way, shape, or form.

The only problem is…finding motivation to start on these projects. I’m always so afraid of making something and then stumbling across something I like better or a different way I should have done it. The procrastinator in me likes to justify why I’m waiting so long to get started. 🙂

Help me out, guys! How do you motivate yourself to get started, rather than waiting until the last minute for some of those important “little” projects? Any tips on any of these potential projects?


Mrs. Coach

Wedding Date:
October 2012
Love Is International
Wedding Weight Pressure
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  1. Member
    Eulalia 169 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:06 am

    As far as worrying if you like something more once you have already started, obviously, at some point, you just need to get it done! But I find when I make something, no matter how imperfect, I am so excited and shocked I actually *made* it that I love it so much. So once you actually create something with your own hands and think about how it will be used on the day, pretty pictures are just that, whereas you have something REAL in your hands!

  2. msfox Bee
    msfox 1635 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:10 am

    I just love being crafty, and I love checking things off my list of things to do! A lot of times, once you get started, it’s not so bad! And your list is totally manageable.. the sooner you do it, the sooner you’re done with it and don’t have to worry about it!

  3. msfairy Bee
    msfairy 976 posts, Busy bee @ 10:55 am

    For me getting started is the hardest part – once I start I find a rhythm and am usually happy with the end product 🙂 Good luck with the projects!

  4. genie Bee
    genie 723 posts, Busy bee @ 11:29 am

    I thought I wasn’t going to do any DIY, but then I changed my mind and did a couple of projects, just like you, Miss C. It was nice to see little personal touches around the room. I didn’t feel overwhelmed and enjoyed discovering my very limited crafty self.

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    ddavila2001 611 posts, Busy bee @ 12:08 pm

    Idk, for me it’s not hard to start on these. I’m always a fan of spreading my projects out so I’m not rushing at the last minute to complete everything. So far I’ve completed: ring bearer’s pillow, kimonos for me and my moh, wedding ribbon wands, STD’s, invites, curtains for a specific area of my venue, moss initials for a fireplace mantle decoration, sewed a table runner, birdcages… I know there is more that I’m forgetting. We still need to design our escort cards, ceremony programs and tags for our favors & infuse our favors (we’re doing homemade vanilla extract).

  6. mspony Bee
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 2:15 pm

    I always researched the crap out of whatever project I had in mind just so I was confident that I picked the right thing before I started. Then, I tried to hold myself accountable to get things done by a certain date.

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:25 pm

    I am procrastinating on my candle votives that I am doing for our wedding. Its just they are a little tedious and time draining but I just need to do it!

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    priyathescientist 1514 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:47 pm

    I totally do a positive reinforcement thing. If I do X, then I get to eat Y.

  9. mstoadstool Bee
    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:25 pm

    You are so lucky to be creative. I’d love to be able to do some of ghose things myself.

  10. coyote Bee
    coyote 2051 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:51 am

    I am no help because I waited way to long on a lot of my projects… But I have to say I really love that ribbon escort card holder!

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