Planning to be a DIY Bride?

As many of you know, I really am all about making your day special and adding the personal touches that set your wedding apart.  It is amazing to see how creative our local brides are and the originality they display with taking a theme and really exploiting the idea.  Pinterest and hundreds of other websites show us how to create the perfect handmade wedding from decorations and invitations to favors, and some brides even tackle the cake.

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However, before you decide to venture in this direction I wanted to share some thought on how to ensure that your plans for DIY items don’t turn into a nightmare.

Thought Number One – It might NOT save you money.  If you are proceeding down this path thinking that by doing it yourself you can save money, that thought might not be true.   Before taking on a project, take a look at how much materials cost (including shipping) and compare that to items that you can buy ready made.   Some things are no brainers – like flower vases borrowed from family and friends or anything made from recycled materials.  Be sure you know what the real cost will be.

Borrowed Anitique Pitchers

Borrowed Anitique Pitchers

Thought Number Two – Do you have enough time to dedicate to this project?  It you incorrectly estimate that it will take 15 minutes to make one centerpiece, and it ends up that it actually takes an hour, do you have that time.  Perhaps starting the process earlier can eliminate the last minute stress and allow you to allocate that additional time needed over additional days.

Thought Number Three – Will it look good?  Is this something that you can really pull off and get the look that you want?  It’s always easier when we read about it, then when we actually do it.

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We’d love for you to share with us your DIY plans and what pitfalls you have encountered.

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