I consider myself fairly crafty- it’s in my blood. I enjoy making pretty things, and I also enjoy the pride of saying “I made it” when someone says “Oh my gosh, where did you get that?!” But there is a time and a place for DIY, and it’s not on your wedding day. I speak from experience on this one.
#1- It doesn’t necessarily save you money. I don’t care how many Michael’s coupons you used to buy the materials to make those those floating candle/lace/mason jars with artificial hydrangeas. When you go there 87 times, it adds up to the same amount that fresh flowers, created and set up and broken down by SOMEONE else would have cost you. Don’t believe me? Keep the receipts, and add them up.
#2- Wedding planning is time consuming enough without making everything yourself. You need to check out DJ’s Photographers, sign contracts, send deposits, create a timeline, pick colors, spend hours on Pinterest deciding on bouquets..Now add in the creation of personalized programs, menu cards, Save the Dates, favors, table numbers, invitations. If you want to enjoy your engagement, don’t bite off more than you can chew!
#3 When you make it yourself, you also have to store it yourself until the wedding day. Say goodbye to your guest room.
#4 And transport it all to the venue. How are you going to get 12 wobbly vases with manzanita branches and dangly crystals in your car?
#5 What the heck are you going to do with all those homemade centerpieces after the wedding? It’s not like your guests are going to take those home. Taking home the centerpieces isn’t as big of a “thing” as it used to be.
#6 Unless you are Martha Stewart… there will be faux pas in the DIYing. For my first wedding, I hand-made embossed invitations… including printing them on my computer, melting embossing powder on the cards, tying millions of belly-bands. Ugh. It was time-consuming and I over-toasted a few invites, causing me to have to buy another 50 pack, because they don’t sell 5-packs..
#7 If something goes wrong with your DIY project, you have no one to blame but yourself. If you order something from a business and it doesn’t come out right, they are going to be responsible for fixing it or giving you your money back.
#8 The day is here- you’ve glued and tied and painted and printed, now you are packed and heading to the venue. Your family is here, your best friend from college flew in, and your little niece wants to show you how she learned how to do a cartwheel. Do you really want to spend this time setting up centerpieces, doing last minute runs to Michaels for artifical flower petals? How often do you have all of your family and friends together ready to celebrate with you? Instead of making them your wedding minions, hire a coordinator to do this work for you so you can enjoy your time with your family! This is ONCE IN A LIFETIME!