Still on the fence about whether or not a DIY wedding is really right for you? If the mere mention of “fence” has you dreaming up creative woodworking projects, then chances are, a DIY wedding is right up your alley. On the other hand, if you love the DIY ideas you have seen on Pinterest and in magazines while planning your wedding, but have never actually touched a glue gun, much less a power tool, it’s possible you love the idea of DIY more than you would the actual doing. That’s why we encourage couples to consider the following questions, before committing to a DIY wedding.
3.) Do You Want the DIY Look, or to Actually DIY?
Many brides and grooms take pride in tackling various wedding-related projects themselves. It can be an especially fun way to add personality to set your wedding apart, and can highlight hobbies, skills and creative endeavors you each love?
Is your fiancé a graphic designer? He might be honored to tackle the wedding stationery and signage. And your guests will surely be impressed seeing his skills on display at your wedding reception.
If you have always loved creating one-of-a-kind jewelry, it would be silly to purchase store-bought necklaces or bracelets for your bridesmaids. They’ll love your thoughtfulness, crafting unique pieces for each of them.
But, if you are not the most creative or crafty person you now, you just fell in love with the look of DIY-style weddings on Pinterest, nothing says you actually have to do-it-all yourself! Instead, look on sites like Etsy for pre-made decorations with that homemade touch you love. Or, hire friends, family members or artists in your area to create one-of-a-kind items that will help set your wedding apart without sucking up your time or energy trying to figure out how to do-it-yourself.
4.) Will It Really Save You Any Money?
Some brides and grooms are drawn to the idea of a DIY wedding, because they think it will be a great way to save money on everything from table decorations to wedding gifts. Unfortunately, if you don’t already have the supplies needed to tackle various projects, some end up costing much more than anticipated, and often even more than if the items had been store bought, or commissioned by artisans in your area.
So, if financial considerations are part of your reasoning for exploring the idea of DIY, make sure you know how much those DIY projects will actually cost you, before you get started.