In my attempt to make sense of the chaos and overwhelming feelings of planning a wedding, today’s wedding advice will be about deciding on being a DIY & Pinterest Inspired Bride. Establishing that, and what elements of your wedding will have those handmade personal touches, is critical for so many decisions you will make during the wedding planning process.
Before you dive in to your Pinterest board with a million DIY projects for your dream wedding, I advise you to STOP and take stock. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you like doing craft projects?
- Are you a creative problem solver?
- How do you feel about glue guns?
- Do you (or a volunteer) have a certain skill set that will come in handy? (Sewing, graphic design, floral arranging, baking, etc.)
- Do you have the time? And the patience?
If these questions get you thinking about your DIY love and all that may mean for your wedding, that’s good. Wedding planning is stressful enough, don’t bog yourself down with projects that you will hate or despise doing.
Before I go any further, I have to share with you a handful of the DIY projects that I tackled during the wedding planning process.
With that, I will give you my DIY Bride advice:
Know Your Limits:
For example, I know that I am not super accurate when it comes to cutting paper. I can never measure it correctly… things are slightly off center and it never looks quite right. So when it came to cutting our invitation suite (yes, that we printed at home. More to come!) I took the final product to Kinko’s for cutting. At $2 per cut, you can’t go wrong….and it avoided major hassle (and headache) on my side.
However, I do have a major love affair with the power of the glue stick. I also love taking an idea, testing it… then finding the supplies cheap like Dollar Store or Hobby Lobby. Much of the décor on the wedding day was made with love by me and my glue gun.
Gather Ideas….Then Stop
I was a Pinterest Bride to the hilt. I loved Pinterest for gathering ideas… keeping things organized and getting inspired. It helped me to decide on so many elements of our peacock inspired wedding: cake, floral, décor and more.
But you will need to get to a point when you will have to stop gathering ideas. Yes, you read that right. Stop pinning. If you keep pinning and changing your mind, you will make yourself go crazy. Trust me on this. Tweaking ideas or slightly adjusting is one thing, but starting from scratch will cost you time and money.
Since we had a 18 month engagement, I used that for my advantage to shop for supplies that we would need for any of our supplies. For me, being a DIY Bride was about being creative and having the wedding feel personal, but it was also a budget consideration. I hunted for deals online and in stores…collected coupons from JoAnne’s and Hobby Lobby, which allowed me to spread my purchases (and discounts) for the 18 month period of time.
(Don’t worry, I will include a post of my favorite vendors for your reference. Be on the look out!)
Set Realistic Timelines for Projects:
Neal and I were engaged for 18 months, which allowed me plenty of time to decide on the projects and then gather supplies and get started. I divided the projects over the course of the engagement so I wasn’t stressed leading up to the wedding about DIY at all. (Note: It is important to remember that Neal and I were separated for the majority of our engagement. Doing DIY projects kept me occupied and stopped me from missing him.) Be honest with your time limits.
Ask for Help:
This is critical for being a successful DIY Bride, but probably not in the way you think. Most brides gather everyone together for wedding crafting afternoons to tackle projects. I wouldn’t recommend this. There isn’t much quality control and things can get out of hand.
Instead, ask friends and relatives who have certain (near professional level) skills to help. For example, I asked a friend who is a graphic designer to help with images for our program. My sister (as a gift) designed our gift book. I borrowed vintage luggage from a friend.
Be clear with what you need, take suggestions and thank multiple times.
I can’t wait to share some tutorials about a few of my favorite projects from wedding planning. I hope this helps all you brides out there when deciding becoming a DIY Bride or not.
Until next time…