9 Tips for Wedding DIY Projects
Updated: May 12
Today's blog is a guest post by Kimberly Lakenen, Woodland Events Intern and owner of It's the Little Things Events.
Whether you’re doing it to save money or to add your own personal touches to your wedding day, DIY projects can be grueling and time consuming. But don’t worry; they can also be fun and totally worth it! It’s all a matter of how you approach it and how dedicated you are to doing it! We put together a list of tips just for you to keep in mind during your wedding planning process!
Do your research!
It's a common misconception that just because you’re DIY-ing parts of your wedding, you’re automatically saving money, but that isn’t always the case. Once you factor in cost of material, time spent, transportation, and what you’ll be doing with all of it after the wedding-- sometimes it is best to just price shop as much as you can first to see if you can find a service to get you just what you need at a reasonable price with your sanity intact!
Know your limits!
Do not try to DIY 100% of your wedding. Some things really do have to be left to the pros. Not to mention just how overwhelming it can be to take on everything. Hire out for some parts, even if it is just ordering standard save the dates from Walgreens. Choose wisely which projects you want to take on. Most people start with decorating the ceremony spot since it is only used for 20 minutes to an hour and therefore does not need as much attention or extravagant decorations. One bride I worked with just bought curtains from Walmart and sewed them together to drape over the tree at her ceremony spot!
Let people help you!
Going back to the being a perfectionist thing-- it's truly hard to resist. If you insist on doing it yourself so that it is perfect, help yourself by giving yourself more time then you’ll need! I can’t count the number of times my poor husband saw me struggling and kept offering to help, but I hated how he wrapped bottles with twine when I let him try it out! He even tried to come up with a way to put it on a drill so the bottle would spin itself but I insisted on doing myself. I even ended up taking bottles with me to work to wrap them during my shift! If you’re open to getting help, then reach out and get it, people want to be a part of helping you build your perfect day!
Be realistic with The projects you do take on!
Dyeing 350+ dinner napkins to fit your color scheme by yourself would take hours! Make a night out of it and invite the wedding party so they have a chance to meet and mingle before the big day! It’s a great way to bond and to destress (probably from the rest of the projects you have). Also, if it's fun, your friends will not mind helping at all! If you’re decorating 20+ tables, you will for sure need help in one way or another whether that is making them or setting them up!
If you ask anyone, they’ll tell you that my favorite thing to do in the world is to make lists. [Unsolicited comment from Woodland Events owner Todd: It's true!] It is crucial when it comes to wedding planning (any planning really)! You do not want to forget anything whether it's when you’re getting ready to make your project or when you’re getting ready to arrive at your venue! Nothing is worse than sitting down with all of your materials out just to realize you forgot something simple (but crucial) like fishing wire or more hot glue sticks! On your wedding day, make sure you have a set up list (with assigned people) as well as a tear down list so everyone knows who’s responsible for taking what home! Also keep in mind things you’ll need to make setting up easier like water pitchers to fill vases or ladders to hang up lights! And schedule allotted times for your projects! It may sound excessive but the last thing you want is to procrastinate and not have time to do all of the projects you want to do.
The more you rush, the more frantic you will get, and the more careless. Be careful when you’re doing your projects, it does not have to result in multiple burns by glue guns or cuts from cutting twine and paper! Also don’t make the same mistake I did and make sure that you tie your hair up when you’re working. Hot glue in your hair is the worst and no one wants your hair stuck to their centerpieces!
Collecting all of the supplies and decorations for your wedding day can be stressful and it just ends up more stressful when your wedding is taking up a whole room in your house, but if you have fun as you’re finding the items, it helps a lot! Make a day for it maybe once a week or once every two weeks, go to garage sales and thrift stores with your fiance and see what unique pieces you can find! The more time you give yourself to find your pieces, the more fun and enjoyable it can be!
Have someone assigned to set up all of your DIY projects for you!
Yes, you may have made all of the decorations yourself, but it's your wedding day! You should not be the one setting it all up yourself. Yes, maybe you’re a perfectionist and need things placed a very specific way, but someone else can still do it! Set it up at home in advance and take pictures of exactly how you want it to look. That way, whoever you designate this task can literally see your vision!
Don’t fret over the minor details!
Finally and most importantly, at the end of the day, take time to value the work that you put into your wedding day and enjoy it! Even if you forget to put up one chalkboard sign or some of the bows weren’t facing the right way, you did everything you could to get to your wedding day and all of your guests see the big picture, all the love between the married couple and all of the effort put into celebrating that love!