In today’s world of Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook, the term “DIY” is something that we hear often in the wedding industry. DIY or Do It Yourself projects have become more and more of a trend with couples getting married as it can save them money on their wedding décor. DIY projects can be a fun way to add unique touches to your wedding day but they can also add extra tasks to your already large wedding To-Do List. DIY is not for everyone so we are going to talk a little bit about the pros and cons of doing DIY projects for your wedding day.
The Pros -
First, lets start with the positives of DIYing your wedding. Crafting and creating can be a lot of fun and for some, even an outlet for wedding stress. It can also:
Save Money - As previously mentioned, DIY projects can often help cut down the cost of your wedding décor. By making your own “Welcome To The Wedding Of” signs or creating your own ceremony backdrop, photo booth props, or favors you can save yourself hundreds of dollars on these items.
Bonding Experience - Doing DIY projects with your Mom, soon to be Mother-In-Law or your bridesmaids can be a great way for you to spend time with these important people in your life and share in the excitement of your upcoming nuptials. Break out some wine and spend some quality time together crafting.
Add Your Own Touches - Doing certain things yourself can really add a personal element to your wedding which your guests will really enjoy. Being able to tell your guests that you and your fiancé or family and friends made this or that for your wedding can also give you a great sense of accomplishment. Just make sure that the DIY projects you decide to do are tasks that work within your creative wheelhouse to save yourself a lot of frustration.
The Cons -
Although there are some great benefits to doing some of your wedding tasks yourself, there can also be some cons. Definitely keep these things in mind when considering DIY tasks:
Time Consuming - Although crafting can sometimes be fun and creative, it can also be very time consuming. With a busy everyday life and now the added stress of planning your wedding, trying to find time to complete a whole bunch of DIY projects can be overwhelming and very frustrating. You don’t want to over extend yourself and your schedule.
To Much To Handle - The months leading up to your wedding will go by much faster than you think so don’t add too many projects, or large difficult projects to your already crowded plate. And definitely don’t procrastinate on projects that might take you some time to complete. You don’t want to get in over your head and decide 2 months before your wedding that this was a bad idea and now have to rush to fill the gaps that may now be left.
Being Disappointed - Although Pinterest has so many beautiful and exciting ideas for DIY projects, it doesn’t mean that all these ideas are easy to accomplish on your own, or even with the help of friends and family. Trying to make your vision come to life can sometimes be harder then it looks. If the project doesn’t come together the way you had envisioned, this can cause tension between you and those you may have enlisted to help.
If you are a crafty person or you have a very handy fiancé or dad, or a creative mom then adding in a few DIY projects to your wedding might be right up your alley. But, don’t feel bad if you are not a crafty person or don’t have many crafty people in your circle who can help. There are some amazing vendors out there that can make just about anything you could dream of for your wedding day. Just let your Wedding Planner know what items you might be looking for and they can help you find the perfect vendors to create your special wedding day touches.
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