HOW MUCH DIY IS RIGHT FOR YOU
1. GIVE YOURSELF PLENTY OF TIME
Planning a wedding can get stressful, especially as the big day approaches. So, do a trial run of the project(s) you think you will want to do yourself well in advance of the wedding. A year out is ideal, especially if you are using anything uniquely seasonal. If the project is a success, that’s one less item on your to-do list. If the project doesn’t work out as planned, you still have plenty of time to either tweak it or seek help from a professional before they are booked.
2. PLAN YOUR BUDGET
If you are taking on a DIY to save money, make sure to account for every possible expense before getting started. Sometimes you’ll end up spending more money purchasing the necessary supplies and equipment for the project than you would be hiring a professional to take care of it. Most wedding vendors already have all the supplies and tools necessary on-hand, and probably won’t charge for every little thing you’d have to buy if you did the project yourself. They use those supplies every day, and likely won’t charge you for the little things that you would need to purchase in much larger quantities. They also already own all of the tools needed, and those can get quite expensive.
3. GET CRAFTY FRIENDS INVOLVED
Do you have any artistic or crafty friends? Give them a call! Not only is it way more fun—and less stressful—to work on crafting projects with friends, you’ll also feel more comfortable taking on a new project if you have some crafty friends by your side. Plus, what a great excuse to pour some bubbly and serve something sweet!
4. DON’T COMMIT TO MORE THAN YOU CAN HANDLE
Sure, it sounds great to create all of your own centerpieces, print your own invitations, place cards and menus, or sew your own tablecloth overlays. Maybe you love to bake and want to make your own cake. Or, maybe you rock at doing your own hair and makeup. But, honestly, do you really want to be stuck doing everything yourself, when you’re supposed to be enjoying your wedding day? Figure out which projects you are most comfortable taking on, and leave the rest to the professionals. You don’t want to find yourself overwhelmed at the last minute, when it may be too late to find a vendor you love.
All in all, remember that your wedding day is only going to happen once. You don’t want to spend that day and those leading up to it completely stressed. The satisfaction of creating something with your own two hands will not outweigh losing your sanity along the way. DIYs are creative, original, and a fantastic way to truly personalize your wedding day. Just make sure you’ve got all your ducks in a row.
~~~ CBG ~~~