The DIY approach gives your wedding a personal touch and saves money. You get to put your own creative touch on the wedding. Why pay a printing company hundreds of dollars when you can make your own invites, right? Before you stock up on hot glue sticks and cake pans, give your DIY wedding plans a reality check so you don’t overextend yourself.
To DIY or Not to DIY
Doing it yourself when it comes to weddings isn’t an all-or-nothing deal. The key is know which parts of your wedding to do yourself and which to leave to the professionals. You know your own skill set, but for the average bride, these areas are tricky to DIY:
- Food and cake
- Reception entertainment
Areas to consider for your DIY ambitions include:
Consider your time commitment to the wedding. If your planning everything yourself, will you also have time to make centerpieces, put together favors and design your own invitations? You want to enjoy the experience, not feel stressed by your never-ending to-do list.
Lots of people will throw out offers to help, but if you plan to DIY your wedding details, you need solid commitments. Lean on the people you know you can count on to help you when it comes down to the details. Consider the individual talents of your friends when asking for help. Is your best friend a list master? Put her in charge of organizing the timeline. Does your coworker have a knack for arranging flowers? Ask her to help you shop for and arrange the bouquets and centerpieces.
Get Ahead of the Game
It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking you have plenty of time. When the wedding is six months out, it feels like it will never get here. But those months will pass quickly. Give yourself plenty of time to get all of your DIY wedding projects done. Start projects long before you need them done. For projects that need to wait until closer to the wedding date, create a timeline and supply list now so you are ready. Preparation and a time buffer make it easier for you to handle any problems or unexpected surprises that come up.
Know When to Get Help
Even when you plan and stick with your skill set, you may realize you’ve taken on too much responsibility. It’s okay to ask for help or hire a professional. There is no shame in knowing when to call for backup. Letting someone else take on a project reduces your stress so you are better able to enjoy the wedding.
A DIY wedding can be stressful. Take care of yourself and make sure you enjoy the process. With a healthy does of relaxation and reality, you can put your personal stamp on your wedding.