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I don’t have very much time on my hands – did it take you long to make and plan everything?

We did have a long engagement – 1.833 years; however, I only worked on stuff for maybe the last 6 months before the wedding. I would have done a WHOLE lot more given the time. The reason I didn’t do much was because I was working full time and going to school half time earning my masters up until 6 months before the day. We booked the vendors sporadically throughout the engagement, but the DIY was all the last couple of months.
DIY projects are beautiful in the fact that they can be as elaborate as you want (like my invitations) or as simple as you want (like my table map). I just spent a couple of hours each night working on the current project. I also had help from bridesmaids for things like favors and he even helped make the cardbox into his own project.

Did you have a large budget?

The wedding cost more than average because we had a 300 person guest list. Food and drink was the priciest portion – 40% of the budget. Since so much of it was DIY, we did save a lot of money. It also helped that our DJ was my sister’s boyfriend and my sister also did my hair and makeup. My mom is a cosmetologist so she had her hair stylist friend do hair and nails for the girls. I’m also a budget-conscious shopper. Everything I bought had to be below the budget we set for it and I STALKED websites for sales and specials. Not to mention, I practically went to Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, and JoAnn’s DAILY with their one-per-customer-per-day coupons to collect all the things I needed.

I did not list the actual budget because it’s none of your business. *kidding… well, it still isn’t*. I didn’t list it because I don’t want brides to think they have to spend X dollar amount to have the even they want. I believe that you don’t have to spend your life’s savings for a beautiful event. Just be creative. Don’t get sucked into the wedding industry hype. You DON’T have to do anything.

I have downloaded your templates, but when I open them, they look funny.

My templates are uploaded in a compressed .zip file form, otherwise the files would be HUGE. After you download them, you must extract the files. I have instructions to extract on Windows here.

How did you make the other paper items that you don’t have templates for?

I only post templates for things that can be printed from typical computer programs, such as Word or Excel. If the templates are not posted, I probably made them in Paint Shop Pro which most typical households don’t have. Sorry!

THANK YOU SO MUCH! This *template* helped me out a LOT!

You are very welcome. I don’t have much on here, but I do know that wedding planning can be stressful and if I had found these templates, I would have saved a lot of time.

Are you for hire?

Maybe. Email me.

You must be a professional designer. This is awesome!

No, I’m not. I am just an artist on the side who likes to make things. Thanks for liking it!

What was your favorite part of wedding planning?

I am honestly a very lucky girl. He was so involved and while that created stress sometimes, it allowed us to spend time together doing this FOR US and not for anyone else. WE chose the colors. WE chose the design. WE worked on the projects. After all, isn’t the wedding your gateway into marriage… to each other?

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