To DIY or Not to DIY

You just got engaged an can't wait to get started planning your fairy tale wedding. You've created an amazing Pinterest board and have a million ideas swirling around in your head and you want to do it all yourself. Does that sound familiar?

During this time of quarantine and some free time on our hands, you may be considering some DIY projects, and DIY can be great way to give your wedding a bit of a personal touch, but it's important to be honest with yourself if it's something you want to take on. Here are a few DIY Do's and Don'ts we think might help.

1. DO be realistic about what you have the time to do. We always underestimate the time that a DIY project will take and if it's something you've never done, you'll want to factor in time for testing, researching and maybe even a re-do.

2. DON'T DIY everything. Limit yourself to just a handful of projects. You don't need to overwhelm yourself with dozens or projects and be frazzled and stressed come the big day. Pick the things that are most important and that you do well.

3. DO consider the costs of purchasing versus DIY. While it seems like DIY projects would be cost effective, that isn't always the case. Supplies can really add up and even more so if you have to re-do anything. And your time is valuable so consider whether the time investment outweighs the cost savings.

4. DON'T wait until the last minute to try out a new project. You'll want to give yourself plenty of time to research your project, acquire the necessary supplies and get things done.

5. DO be patient with yourself. Even for the most seasoned crafter, DIY projects take practice and patience.

6. DON'T cater the entire wedding. Doing appetizers or desserts yourself might be a nice personal touch, but a full blown meal would be incredibly stressful. Can you imagine trying to prepare food the morning of your big day?

7. DO enlist help. A craft night with your bridesmaids and a few bottles of bubbly can be a lot of fun and a little less stress on you. However......

8. DON'T expect friends and family to spend countless hours, weeks, and months crafting all things wedding. While a craft night or two with the gang is a great bonding experience, expecting people to spend all their spare time on your wedding projects could cause bad feelings.

Whether you choose to DIY some or all of your decor, we are here to help with suggestions or advice so feel free to reach out to us with any questions and please follow us on Facebook.

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