A few weeks ago I did a Thursday Tips post on to DIY or not to DIY for your wedding. In writing that post, it got me thinking about how there are certain things that better and easier to DIY than others. And then I thought about how I wish I had known those things, because then I wouldn’t have been up until 3am the night before my wedding with my best friend finishing my DIY menus. (Although yes, it was fun- we were also falling asleep towards the end but HAD to get them finished!) So here are some recommendations based on my experience of what to DIY and what not to DIY!
What To DIY
– Fun seating things
– Some types of paper products (Totally depends on your experience and skills, as well as the intricacy of the project and quantity.)
– Bride & Groom signs
– Special little details (cake topper, drink stirrers, etc)
– Favors (Depending on how many guests you have of course!)
– Sign in/guest book (There are so many cool things to do now for “guest book” alternatives! Just take a look at some of the past Detail To Love posts!)
Photo via ELV Designer 120 Water Street
What NOT To DIY
– Linens (For pete’s sake, please just rent linens. It’s such a waste of money to buy them or make them yourself- unless you want a very specific pattern or look, then that’s a different story!)
– Flowers (I know for a fact that flowers require different types of care- like how roses take longer than 24 hours to be pretty and open and tulips should stay cold. Unless you happen to have an aunt (or family member or friend) who is a florist, let’s leave this one to the pros.)
– Invitations & Paper Products (see above section regarding experience,etc)
– Food (Do you really want family members having to worry about making food the morning of your wedding? Another thing to just leave to pros.)
Of course there a few other things too, but these listed are generally what every wedding has. Essentially, the smaller the quantity when DIYing, the easier it will be. Unless you have an Army assembled- in that case, go for the gold. And keep in mind that even for the things that I’ve listed that are good to DIY, there will always be someone that you can work with who can do the “DIY” work for you! Heck, I do tons of DIY details for my brides, and I even have an Etsy shop for details- it’s not like it’s being mass produced, someone is still DIYing it all, it just might not be you. ;)
Anyone have experience in DIYing things for your wedding already? Help other brides and share your experience- what was good to DIY and what wasn’t?