How to Avoid Getting in Over Your Head with Wedding DIY Projects
Because DIY burnout is a real thing.
If you're a big fan of crafting and making things by hand, you may be tempted to go full-scale DIY for your wedding. While do-it-yourself projects are great ways to personalize your ceremony and reception, they can become costly and overwhelming if you're not careful. Before you get in over your head, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind.
Don't take on too many projects.
If you're planning to make your own centerpieces, invitations, bouquets, wedding cake, favors, and more, you've taken on too much. Unless you're a professional crafter or have excessive amounts of free time, two to three projects for one person is plenty.
Go to the pros when it's something important.
Check out your wedding priorities list. Were beautiful floral arrangements at the top of that list? If so, maybe you shouldn't DIY your centerpieces. Instead, you can be very involved in the overall design but hand the responsibility over to a florist to oversee, as you'll be busy with many other tasks the week of your wedding.
Set deadlines and stick to them.
It's not realistic to think you'll be able to DIY anything in that last month leading up to your wedding. You'll have too many wedding-related social engagements and other wedding tasks to complete during that time, and you definitely don't want to end up only halfway happy with your DIY projects because of a lack of time. So, the best thing you can do for yourself is set absolute deadlines for each project and stick to them. If you're not going to be able to meet the deadline, it may be time to consider Plan B.
Have a support system.
Having a partner-in-DIY-crime or a couple of very crafty friends who are eager to make things with you is a great way to avoid DIY burnout. This support system will not only help you when things get down to the wire and need to be completed, but can also help you with inspiration, keeping on a timely track, and holding you accountable to meeting your own deadlines.
Have a backup plan for every project.
In an effort to maintain your lowest stress levels, it's important that every DIY project you tackle also has a clear backup plan in case things go awry. You should be comfortable with having to ditch the project completely, or at least not be completely reliant on the task's completion. For example, if you're planning to hand-embroider all of your dinner napkins, have a backup rental napkin picked out just in case you can't get them finished in time.
Know when to step away from a project.
If you had a grand vision of pouring your own candles as gifts for guests and you've come to the realization that the time you've allotted to the task simply isn't enough and not even your DIY support system can save this project, stop and walk away. It's time for Plan B to go into effect!