To DIY or Not to DIY

The more visual social media gets, the more DIY couples we find planning their weddings. It might feel like a no-brainer to go this route, especially if you’re watching one of those “double-time” videos where the instructor finishes a DIY project in a matter of minutes. As wedding planners, however, we get to see another side of DIY.

That isn’t to say we think all DIY is bad. On the contrary, it’s often a sweet and memorable element for a wedding. So the question remains, is DIY right for you and your wedding? Here are some pros and cons to consider:

Pros:

  • It offers a personal touch – You’re doing the project yourself…what can get more personal than that? Adding elements personal to you and your future spouse will make the wedding truly yours.
  • You’re in control – We’ve all been there: we order something online only to receive it and find ourselves disappointed in how it looks. By doing a project yourself, you’re in control of how it all comes together and can take pride in that accomplishment.
  • Flexibility – Many wedding items that you can purchase online or in stores come in larger quantities than you need and/or they might need to be ordered well in advance. If you don’t have the time to wait or you only need a small amount of something, DIY probably makes sense for you.

Cons:

  • It requires your time – Wedding planning takes up a lot of your time, especially if you’re handling many elements yourself. Adding DIY projects to your To-Do List could leave you feeling frazzled, ruining this special experience.
  • It can be cost-prohibitive – This might seem contradictory to what you think about DIY. Sometimes, however, the cost of purchasing the individual items needed to create DIY projects ends up being higher than if you purchase something ready-made. Depending on the DIY project, you may also have to invest money for proper and safe setup at the wedding.
  • You need storage – Creating DIY projects requires space both before and after the wedding (unless it’s something like favors that you’re giving away). Before you go crazy on the DIY, make sure there’s a place for everything.

Perhaps the most important question to ask yourself when considering whether or not to DIY is whether you’ve truly got the time and skill to pull it off. If the answer is yes, go for it! If it’s no, leave the creating to the professionals, sit back, and enjoy their handiwork.

Do you need help on your wedding? Let us know what you need! E-mail us at info@justmarry.com and we’ll get back to you right away.