By Bailey Leclerc
DIY projects are a big part of our world. From art projects to kitchen makeovers, people are making things with their own two hands. Weddings are no exception. Many brides want to be creatively involved in their big day by having DIY elements at their wedding. It’s a wonderful way to share your talents with family and friends. It can also add stress and frustration. Projects can often take more time and money than you expect. Or they may not turn out exactly as you envisioned. Sometimes things are better left to the pros. Here are a few tips on what to tackle yourself and what to leave to the professionals.
Don’t attempt to bake your own cake. Unless you are a professional baker this will most likely prove to be more stressful than fun. So many things can go wrong with baking a wedding cake. It not only has to taste good but it has to look good too. You don’t want to end up with the leaning tower of Pisa.
Instead try sharing your love of baked goods as wedding favors. Take a family cookie recipe or make mini quick breads to hand out to your guests as a thank you. Wrap them up in parchment paper and tie with a ribbon. This can be a fairly cost effective favor depending on the amount of people in attendance. Things like flour and sugar won’t break the bank. However, put a price on your time, as this project will take a lot of it.
Don’t tackle floral design all on your own. There are reasons brides hire florists. They know their stuff. Like what flowers will be in season around the time of your wedding and what flowers pair well together. Hire a florist and really listen to the advice they have to give. They have the right tools and materials to make your arrangements creative and unforgettable.
Its a great idea to work with your florist in creating unique jars or canisters for centerpieces. Get creative with mason jars or vintage bottles. A case of twelve mason jars will run you around $10-$15. Add some ribbon or twine and you’ll be able to flex your creative muscles for less than fifty dollars. You could even bring in some family heirlooms such as a silver tea set or vintage bud vases. Price tag on that? Absolutely free. A little can go a long way here.
Don’t include photography on your DIY list. You have a friend or family member who dabbles in photography as a hobby. Don’t ask this person to take your wedding pictures to save a few bucks. First of all, that is asking someone you are close with to work during your wedding instead of enjoy the day with you. Second, these are your memories! This is the one thing from your wedding day that will last forever. Your photos will be looked at over and over for the rest of your life. A professional photographer is a must!
Channel creative impulses into making a custom photo back drop. Photo booths and backdrops are a big trend right now. It’s such a fun way to capture pictures of your wedding party and guests. It allows them to let loose and be a little silly. You can easily create a gorgeous backdrop with materials from your local craft store, watch sales or use coupons on things such as fabric, paint, paper or ribbons. This could cost less than $100 and it’s sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face.
If you plan on doing some DIY on your wedding, it’s best to keep it simple. Don’t put too
much pressure and stress on yourself. Instead of trying to do your whole wedding on your own do smaller projects here and there. It’s all in the details!