Love, Madison Weddings Featured Wedding Planner, Michelle DuBois-Yang of Maffick Events, shares 5 things to consider before tackling your DIY project list!
To DIY or Not to DIY: For many brides, that truly is the question.
Don’t get me wrong – I love Pinterest as much as the next gal. It certainly is great for finding ideas and inspiration for weddings and other events. And you can definitely find some beautiful and well-designed layouts and decor. But the real question you should be asking yourself is…do I really know how to pull this off successfully? While we all get a laugh from a good “Pinterest fails” compilation, read on to avoid your wedding day becoming part of one.
Know thyself. There is a difference between wanting to be good at crafts and actually being good at crafts. When you are looking through your Pinterest boards and considering all those items you glanced at and pinned, take a step back and consider the level of detail that went into creating those perfect images. Often, they are close-up photos, with professional crafters and designers behind the scenes, a carefully chosen color scheme, and the lighting set just-so for the photograph. Be realistic about what to expect from yourself and what the finished product should look like in real life.
Don’t assume that the do-it-yourself route is the best way to save money. There are lots of options and sources when it comes to buying or renting decorations. I recommend starting with local vendors to see what’s available. Then look online. If you really have something specific in mind that you can’t find locally, ask vendors if they can find it for you, or check Etsy or similar sites to find what fits your vision. Wedding planners can help with this too.
If you do think the DIY option is for you, here are some things to consider:
Start small scale
Choose your centerpiece, bridesmaid bouquet, or whatever DIY item you’re tackling. Get the supplies for one or two and put those together first to see how you like them. That way, if they don’t spark as much joy as you thought, you haven’t made the larger investment in supplies and time, and you won’t feel forced to continue with something you don’t like.
Consider your venue
What will be the surroundings of your final DIY project? The lighting, table height (and height of people sitting/standing at those tables), other decor and colors, and overall feel of the room or outdoor space will all impact what your decorations look like in the finished space.
Do not wait until the last minute to take on a DIY wedding project! You have enough to do in the weeks leading up to your big day without staying up all night gluing beads to things. With plenty of time to spare, be sure to store finished products safely away from pets, falling objects, water, and small children.
Have a backup plan in your budget
Wouldn’t it be great to get through your wedding day having spent less money than you planned to? Or better yet: have some extra money built into the budget in case you do need to make last-minute purchases.
Consider your time, space, and sanity
Depending on how big your wedding is and how elaborate you want to get, your DIY projects could end up taking many, many hours to complete. Friends and family may be eager to assist at first, but if the project is too intense or you get a little too “bride-zilla” about it, they may be less than happy to help in the long-run. Also, don’t overlook the importance of having an appropriate amount of clean work space to complete your projects and store them safely.
As a safety item, your DIY projects are not worth a trip to the emergency room. Is cutting into wine bottles really a good idea? You can likely purchase or rent items, or just get more creative with your display in a way that will be equally as impressive without the risk of major injury.
And let’s not forget the most important thing. Ultimately, your wedding is not about centerpieces, flowers, and the perfect tablescape. That’s part of the fun of planning a wedding of course, but don’t get so caught up in the details that you lose sight of what your wedding is about. You get to marry the love of your life, and celebrate it with the people who mean the most to both of you. In the end, it’s only that love that matters.
For more information about Maffick Events and to schedule a free consult with Michelle, visit her Featured Expert Profile Page.
Here are some examples of DIY done right from the Love, Madison Weddings archives:
S’mores photo by Melissa Grace Photography.
Bouquet photo by Dutcher Photography. VIEW THE GALLERY.
Card box photo by Dutcher Photography.