One of the best ways to save money at your wedding is by DIYing certain elements that can be costly. Centerpieces, aisle decor, place holders, and even flowers can be DIY-ed by the bride if she’s up for it, and can save anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars. However, it’s not always a simple or easy task. I’ve been doing wedding-themed DIYs every week for a month or so now, and I can tell you that the process can be rewarding yet frustrating. If you’re planning on having some handmade touches of your own at your wedding, make sure to follow these five tips for a successful and stress-free DIY experience.
1. Start Early
Seriously, you won’t be sorry you started early. Last minute DIYs are always a bad idea, especially since it takes a couple tries to get some projects just right.
2. Be Flexible
You don’t always have to follow instructions to a T! If you don’t want to have to buy a bunch of rare or unnecessary materials, then find some other substitute that will work. Or if you think you can do it better through a different method, go for it!
3. Be Realistic
Your DIY project won’t always look like the final product in the blog pictures the first time around – and if it does, well, you’re pretty much a genius. Leave room for mistake, and expect that it’ll be a learning process.
4. Always buy extra
I can’t stress this enough. Nothing’s worse than getting halfway through a DIY project and finding out you didn’t buy enough yarn/cardstock/tulle/whatever. Plus, if you mess up the first couple of times, you don’t have to run to the craft store yet again. Also, making extra is a good idea if you need more in the future for unexpected guests or just for keepsakes.
5. Ask for help if you need it!
Don’t expect to take on more than one DIY project by yourself! Asking for help when you need it is necessary to keep you sane, especially when you need to concentrate on a bazillion different wedding planning aspects. Your bridesmaids and your family are there to help you – use them!
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