DIYing on YOUR terms

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With many thanks to websites like Pinterest, Etsy, Loverly, and blogs like Style Me Pretty, Green Wedding Shoes and 100 Layer Cake – it’s VERY easy to get in that crafty-DIY mood and there ain’t nothing wrong with that.

The biggest key to DIYing is knowing your limits and skills and using them to your advantage.

Now I’m not saying not to push your limits here, but I know I can barely draw stick people, so painting a Picasso might be outside of my skill level.

Ok, how do you know what you should and shouldn’t DIY when it comes to your wedding? My first bit of advice there is…

NEVER DIY something that can only be done within the last week of your wedding UNLESS you have someone that you can confidently delegate it to if needed.

Trust me when I tell you that you will not only be incredibly busy during those last few days but your emotions will be on a high and your patience level might be a lot lower than normal. This will cause whatever you’re crafting to possibly come out less “perfect” than you had hoped throwing you into a world of “well now what?!?” For most people, I just don’t recommend it.

Mr. Blue Eyes and I actually attempted this DIY project from Pinterest last summer. It took us several tries and tweaking to get it right, but in the end (and after a few WEEKS of trials) we managed to get a good/decent result.

Don’t be afraid to take a project and tweak it to meet your best skills.

Let’s say you find a killer DIY project and there are just some things that are outside of your skill level. Well, don’t be afraid to tweak it to suit your skill set. There is also NOTHING wrong with asking for a little help from a friend or family member. Maybe they have some hidden talents you didn’t know about.

Remember that it’s one thing to make one item, but a whole other world when you need to make 150 of that one item.

I don’t know about you, but I love putting in the attention to detail with my crafts. But when it comes to making 150 (or more!) of that one item, it can become tedious, daunting and all out annoying resulting in the item looking like poop. Keep in mind the time commitment and true nature of the project when taking something like that on.

And finally, there is nothing wrong with trying a project and it just not working.

Not everyone is a Martha Stewart (and keep in mind, Miss Marthas a MASSIVE team of people that help her get her shit done… it’s not just Martha) and there is no shame in trying something and it just not working for you. It doesn’t make you a bad person, a bad bride, a bad wife-to-be… it just means that project wasn’t suited for you. There are a billion DIY projects out there on the internet, just like you found the partner of your dreams, there is a perfect DIY project out there too. I also recommend trying these types of projects on days when you don’t have too much going on. Don’t try and rush it, just enjoy it. This is part of the wedding planning adventure too and (just like the rest of it) it should be fun somehow! Even if you’re laughing at the crazy thing you just concocted.


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  1. Abby Grace November 13, 2012 at 9:45 am - Reply

    Oooh, DIY projects! I tried to space all of mine out throughout our engagement, but I still somehow found myself the week before the wedding with 900 things to make. NOT worth it! Great advice, girl!

  2. Julia November 13, 2012 at 9:52 am - Reply

    I wish I were more DIY savvy! Hubby-to-be and I are doing what we can: toss bouquet (well that was all me) and favors (he was such a big help, I was happily surprised!). Beyond that I don’t know if we’ve got the skills, and we accepted that early on! Thanks for the reminder that it’s ok to hire out ;)

  3. Heather {Simply Designed} November 13, 2012 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    Great advice! I think this is a must read for all brides trying to venture into the DIY world before their wedding.

  4. Lauren @ Every Last Detail November 13, 2012 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    I love this! Great insight and advice!!! :)

  5. Julie Manwarren November 14, 2012 at 8:47 am - Reply

    Love this! Great tips!

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