Every bride wants their wedding to be special. And when they mean special, they not only want the vows to be tear-inducing, but they want their wedding to feel like it stands out from the rest of the weddings that have been held and have yet to be held. So putting a personal touch into the occasion can make it unique. From handwritten invitations to sewing all the bridesmaids’ gowns, seeing it all come together on the day of the wedding can make it oh so worth it. But before you embark on your own D.I.Y. journey for when you tie the knot, here are a few questions you need to ask yourself to check whether that D.I.Y weddings is really for you.
Before you D.I.Y. your wedding, try to create a vision board. A vision board helps you see all the elements of your wedding, so you can pinpoint which elements you can create on your own and which ones you may want to leave to the experts. Consider your skill level and the resources available as well. If you want to hand-forge a wedding ring but don’t have the skills and tools to do it, why even bother?
It’s a common misconception that D.I.Y. projects are cheaper than say, hiring someone to take on the job for you. So if you’re thinking about spray-painting all of the sweetheart chairs to match your motif, you may want to consider just renting them in the color you had in mind. Try to inquire with some professional event rentals, and check if their prices are much more cost-effective than D.I.Ying a particular element of your wedding.
With all the things you have to stay on top of in the days leading up to your wedding day, asking yourself if you have the time in your schedule to D.I.Y. those boutonnieres for the entourage is very, very important. Some projects can be very time-consuming so it’s important to give yourself a reality check. Open up the timeline you’ve created for your wedding, view your calendar, and check if you can really achieve what you want to D.I.Y. in the right amount of time.
In the event that your D.I.Y. three-tiered wedding cake doesn’t work out, do you know of a bakery that can take rush orders? Knowing that you have a plan B will help you relax and work on your D.I.Y. wedding with a calmer mind. And if plan B doesn’t work out, you better have a plan C, D, or maybe all even a plan Z just in case. It always pays to be prepared.
There’s a reason why Bridezillas exist. In an effort to try and manage everything, brides-to-be become cranky, irritable, and end up being unable to find joy in their special day. Embarking on a D.I.Y. wedding should feel like a labor of love and not feel like one of Hercules’ labors. If you feel that you will enjoy sourcing the materials for and sewing your own wedding dress, then buckle up and get ready for the time of your life! Your friends and loved ones–groom included–will be showering you with compliments if you manage to pull it off.