A Guide to DIY

Ah, Pinterest. The launch of this inspirational site in 2008 lead to a significant increase in wedding Do-It-Yourself projects. Now, 10 years later, it is not uncommon to see several DIY projects grace a wedding day or hear comments at the celebration that the décor is “Pinterest-worthy”. So with all this information and inspiration at your fingertips, should you try to DIY elements of your wedding? Before embarking on a DIY wedding journey, ask yourself these 5 questions:

  1. Why do you want to DIY? – Are you having a hard time finding exactly what you want from local vendors? Do you have a love of crafting that you want to incorporate into your day? Is your budget limited and you’re trying to cut some corners? Honing in on exactly why you want to start a project can help you decide what elements you want to DIY (and which you should leave to the professionals!)
  2. How much will it cost? – “DIY” is not synonymous with “cheaper”. Consider all the materials and tools you will need for your DIY adventure and price them out before pulling the trigger. In some cases you may find that it is actually more expensive to DIY certain elements than it is to go the professional route. If the goal of your project is sentimental or design specific, price may not be a factor. But if you are DIY-ing to save some wedding funds, but sure to do your homework first.
  3. Do you have the time and help to complete the task? – This is a big one. You may discover that your DIY project will save you some money and stretch your wedding budget, but how long will it take? Be sure to consider the scope of the project as well. Completing one adorable party favor in an hour may seem simple, but if you are inviting 200 guests to your wedding be prepared to invest 200 hours (or more) working on your project! You may have some generous friends and family who are willing to help with your creations. Be sure to communicate your vision with them before beginning and don’t assume they will be able to lend a hand.
  4. Do you have the required skills? – This tip may seem a bit harsh, but hear me out! It’s always a good idea to try out your project on a small scale first to see if you have the skills to pull it off. Don’t be afraid to try a new technique! But try to be realistic as well. If your trial run turns out less than stellar, consider asking for help from a crafty friend or hiring a professional.
  5. Will you enjoy the process? – DIY projects can be very rewarding and sentimental. But if you are dreaded your weekends because you know you need to cut out 500 tiny glitter hearts, maybe it’s not worth it. Planning your wedding is stressful enough. Make sure that you will find some joy in the making of your project(s).

 

 

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