This post comes to us from our good friend Fawn Thomas at Destination Wedding Store, a full service wedding planner who is an expert at arranging Destination weddings!
I tend to be a pretty frugal gal, well at least as frugal as the next person if not a tad more. I Love to create gorgeous events, Am
an avid crafter having taken college level courses on color and design
and I am not a huge fan of the DIY trend in weddings! As I write this, I know it might sound a little strange considering my background but it is true.. why?
Ask anyone who crafts for a living and they most likely tell you that you are getting an amazing deal on their labor. Most of the time
the crafts person is actually supplying the labor and most of us do not
realize the extent to which their labor is a gift to the purchaser.
Time is as valuable an asset as any other and DIY projects are extremely labor intensive. I have never undertaken a project and said wow! that didn’t take that long..of course it does!
Things you really should think about before you DIY it:
Cost of the materials (Most likely you are not buying in bulk like someone does this for their business so the prices will be a lot higher)
Cost of tools that you will need to actually do the project
Cost of Additional Labor to get the project finished. One example would be if you need to have paper cut at a Copy Center
Cost of Time Do you have other projects to do, work, housework, family etc.. DIY projects are very time consuming
Cost of Clean-up.. There is nothing worse than ruining your clothes and furniture creating a DIY wedding project
Why am I such a know-it-all…Well, not only am I married and had my very own DIY fiasco (remind me to tell you about the votive candle
holders that I made with silk rose petals, can you say costly fiasco),
I am also a wedding coordinator and I hear all the horror stories. In
the end you might attempt a project with less than stellar results and
end up having to buy the same thing you set out to make in the first
Moral of the story: Do your homework and see if there is already someone out there
doing what you are looking for. Defer to their judgement and expertise
and enjoy one of the best times of your life!
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