3 Times You Shouldn’t Do It Yourself

The DIYs You Shouldn't TackleIt’s never been more trendy, or possible, to plan and pull off a fabulous DIY wedding. Thanks to sites like Pinterest, craft stores in nearly every city, and the abundance of online tutorials, artistic brides can tackle a number of projects themselves, both in an effort to save money but also to add a creative flair to their wedding days. But not every wedding detail lends itself to DIY. There are a few things that are just better left to the pros. Save yourself the time and sanity of tackling projects that are out of your DIY league, and you’ll be able to keep your focus on the fun stuff you can complete with ease.

1. Out of Your Wheelhouse Projects

It can be fun, even exhilarating, learning a new craft. But if your wedding is coming quickly, the planning stage may not be the best time to learn a complicated new craft, for a number of reasons.

  • You are likely to underestimate how long it will actually take to complete even a “simple” project when it requires an utterly new skill set.
  • Woodworking and sewing are two great examples of art forms that might look simple, but take a great deal of time to master.
  • You may waste more time and money trying to learn to DIY a project, than you would simply hiring a professional. (Think about wasted supplies if you make a wrong cut, or have to start over.)
  • Plus, learning a new craft is far more enjoyable when you’re not under the pinch of a tight deadline.

2. Anything that Requires An Investment

If you’ve recently been dabbling in jewelry making, you might be tempted to order a bunch of supplies to create bridesmaids gifts, rather than purchasing the beautiful initial necklaces you found at your favorite department store. And if you’re fairly confident in your skills, and the fact you’ll use the supplies again, this may be a better investment in the long run. But not all DIY projects save money, and they certainly don’t save time.

  • Be realistic with yourself in assessing the true costs of a DIY project, both to your wedding budget and to your schedule.
  • You don’t want to fill your home, or credit card, with expensive tools or supplies you will never use again.
  • And you don’t want to tackle DIY projects that may remain incomplete by your wedding day. .

3. Impractical or Unrealistic DIY’s

Given your newfound passion for calligraphy, you may think hand addressing 250 envelopes sounds like a joy, and one that will add a great deal of class to your wedding. But do you really have the time to complete the task when they need to be mailed out in a few weeks?

If you have a tendency to procrastinate DIY projects, bite off more than you can chew, or tend to grossly underestimate how long tasks will take you, it’s important to have an honest friend around to be your voice of reason. Some DIY’s might seem doable, but they are not necessarily things you should do, given your time, budget or skills. For instance, do you really want to spend the morning of your wedding making your eight bridesmaids’ bouquets? During the stress of wedding planning, creative brides often need a levelheaded loved one to help them set realistic DIY goals.