Tackling some items and projects on your wedding to-do list might seem like a great way to save money–and personalize your big day–but it can also be time-consuming and stress-inducing. So before you decide to DIY something for your big day, ask yourself these six questions.
1: Do I have the time? Some projects might not take up that much of your busy schedule or you’ll have months or weeks to complete them before the main event. But other tasks, such as putting together centerpieces, baking the wedding cake, or doing your own hair for the big day, can be seriously a true stress inducer since you’ll need to complete them the day before or on the wedding. So be sure you can commit to the hours it will take to finish these projects on time and in the right way. You don’t want to be crying over the curling iron an hour before your ceremony because your hair doesn’t look just so.
2: Will I really save money? Most brides choose to DIY because they believe it will be cheaper than hiring a pro. But when you take into consideration the materials, the hours you’ll be putting in, and the possible stress, are you really saving all that much? Unless it’s truly worth your while, it might be easier to hire a vendor to carry out the particular task.
3: Am I confident in my skills? When it comes to DIY, some of us are mini Martha Stewarts and some of us are a bit more challenged. If you have no doubts you can pull this project off without a hitch, by all means go for it. If there are any doubts, reconsider putting your efforts somewhere
4: Can I rely on my bridal party to help? If it’s a big undertaking, like making all of your wedding favors for 300 guests, be sure to ask your bridal party for some help well in advance. If they can’t commit to the hours needed, then take that as a sign not to do it—you just don’t want to fly solo with certain
5: Will this really work for my wedding? While you might have a specific talent—making paper Mache flowers or crocheting accessories—think about whether or not that skill truly works with your overall theme. You want your wedding to have a cohesive theme or style, so don’t just throw in décor or style items because you know how to do it.
6: Will I enjoy this? Even if you’re a DIY pro, if a particular project is going to be more of a pain in the you-know-what than something you can enjoy (and actually de-stress) while doing it, just move on.