We know that DIY projects are fun and in some cases can save you money and add a personal touch to almost anything. But if you have a Pinterest board full of ideas, you might want to step back to look and make sure that your wedding DIY projects are actually benefiting your big day and not turning into a long and stressful process with a tacky outcome. Map out your wedding priorities and leave the big things to the professionals. Professionals are called “professionals” for a reason. They know what they’re doing and they have the necessary experience to give you a wedding day that is beautiful without the headache. Here are a few DIY wedding projects you should avoid doing yourself.
The main reason why we don’t recommend creating your own floral arrangements is that they can only be done on the last day before your wedding when you will have plenty of other things to worry about. Arranging flowers also requires a lot of experience, and if you don’t have any it is hard to get it right the first time. And unfortunately flowers tend to break and wilt after a few tries.
If you still want to do it, we would advise you to at least leave the bridal bouquet to a professional. You can still save money on the centerpieces if you do them yourself and they are much less complicated to create. However it is a good idea to delegate this task to friends or family members who enjoy arranging flowers, and only participate if you have the time.
Sure, you can ask a friend to be your wedding photographer, and there is a chance you end up with some good pictures. However if you hire a professional, you don’t have to take chances. They know how to work with different weather conditions and lights, and can take excellent photos no matter what, which your friend might not be able to pull off. So wedding photography is definitely something we don’t recommend you to skimp on. Choose a photographer who has experience and knows how to capture all the shots you want plus the moments in between. We’re talking memories here, so you definitely want to leave this one to the professionals.
So it may just be a piece of paper, but this is an important event. This is the first impression you give your guests of your wedding, and homemade invitations just never look right. Your home printer is probably not going to produce the same colors as a professional one, and cutting without the right tools takes long and leaves uneven edges. Unless you are a designer, it is wiser to get your invitations professionally made. They don’t have to be fancy, or cost too much, but hand making your own can start your wedding off on a stressful foot.
Homemade desserts? Edible favors? Sounds great, unless you are the one who has to make them. These are very time-consuming tasks that usually need to be done a couple of days before the wedding, when you will be busy coordinating and addressing last minute issues. The last thing you will want to do is stand in the kitchen baking for 150 people.
Still want to go for it? Do the math. Calculate the time per piece, and multiply it by the number of guests. Then divide it by the number of friends who will be happy to help you, buy a bottle of wine and throw a baking party.
It may seem like a big piece of tulle attached to a fancy hair clip, but veils are much more complicated that most brides give them credit for. Unless you know your way around a needle and thread and understand how to make a proper headpiece, leave the veil to the professionals. If the price tag of the bridal shop veils are making you cringe, check out handmade sites like Etsy where you can buy budget-friendly veils made by people who know what they’re doing.
Hair and Makeup
We know you pull off making yourself look beautiful on a daily basis, but the morning of your wedding, the pressure is on! Leave your hair and makeup to the professionals so you can focus on relaxing and enjoying your day instead of taking your hair out for the tenth time because that one piece won’t lay right. You don’t have to go overboard, but a professional touch will make you look elegant and keep you sane.
It may be tempting to make a DIY belt, necklace, earrings, or headband, but all eyes are on you on your wedding day, and you won’t want your accessories to look handmade. You don’t have to buy expensive pieces of jewelry, but make sure you accessorize with items that are well made.
We know that many brides have hand sewn their dream wedding dress when they couldn’t find what they were looking for in the bridal stores, but unless you are a cloth-making guru, put the sewing machine away. Even if it’s just a minor alteration, leave it to the professionals. If you want to save money on a dress, opt for a dress you can buy online, and if you’re looking for something unique, talk to a dress alteration professional to see what changes they can make to an already existing dress to make it perfectly “you.”
It’s tempting to create a playlist, plugin your iPod, and let the party get started, but skimping on a DJ is not the way to go. A wedding party is much different than a regular party and your DJ will come in handy when it comes to facilitating the flow of events during the reception and showcasing key moments.
Handcrafted decorations and favors
When trying to create something that involves skills for the first time, most of us end up covered in glue or paint and the fruit of our labor lands in the trash. This is actually super-fun, except when you have a deadline and tons of other things on your plate. Most handcrafted items look simple to make, but they are not. Our general rule: if you have never used the tools that are listed in the instructions, don’t go for it. This is not the best time to start a new hobby, and there is a very good chance that you will just end up stressed out and unsatisfied with the outcome.
Ultimately the projects you take on depend on what skills you have and what type of wedding you want. Keep in mind that wedding planning is an involved process as it is, so extra projects can add extra stress. Give yourself plenty of time to plan out your projects and limit yourself to just a few. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and keep in mind that DIY doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be saving a lot of money. If you’ve never been the crafty sort, now is not the time to start. In the end, if it doesn’t mean something to you to incorporate a DIY element, it’s probably not worth it.
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