Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tips to Avoid DIY Wedding Burnout

You May Need to Just Say "No"

DIY weddings are all the rage these days.

Check out Pinterest and type in “DIY wedding.” You’ll get hundreds of images for projects.

It can be easy to get overwhelmed by so many ideas and the notion that, with a little elbow grease and ingenuity, you can create a wedding that you and your guests will remember for years to come.  

And why would you not want to spend some time cozying up with DIY projects?  It’s the best way to ensure that your wedding has those handcrafted touches that add personality and custom touches throughout your wedding.

DIY is Budget-Friendly

Twenty years ago, Do It Yourself often meant you were on a budget.  Today going the DIY route is still the best way to ensure that you keep wedding costs in check.

But strangely, it also has become a new way of keeping up with the Joneses. The propagation of social media has meant that brides are easily exposed to wedding images almost everywhere they go.  So many brides are choosing the DIY route that it may be hard for brides to just say no to spending countless hours with crafting supplies in preparation for their wedding.

Or maybe you’re not a reluctant crafter but a bride who realizes midway through the engagement that you put too many projects on your plate. You have so many projects in the works that that you're having difficulty enjoying all the pre-wedding fun because you've turned into bridezilla.

Solutions for the DIY-Stressed Bride

What to do? We’ve got four solutions.

Just say no. Resist the call to go the DIY route. Just ignore all those wedding magazine pages, blogs, Pinterest and other social media that’s oozing with wedding DIY ideas. If you don’t like crafting to begin with, this step may be very easy for you. If you love to craft, then this step will be difficult but try to remember that every hour you are not crafting is time you can be enjoying with your fiance or other friends and family.

Prioritize. OK, so maybe completely ignoring all the social media isn’t working for you. You really do want to include DIY elements throughout your wedding. In this case, you may want to prioritize and choose only those projects that are truly meaningful to you instead of taking on so much that you burn out or feel stressed out because you don’t have enough time to do it all.

For example, wrapping small bottles of bubbles with decorative paper is a nice touch but isn’t likely to be the detail that people will remember about your wedding. Perhaps you want to create a nice guest book for guests to sign and include wedding advice. This is a book that you will likely keep forever and look through occasionally.

Delegate. Your bridesmaids may want to help you out with a couple projects. You could also buy handcrafted design elements from Etsy, which has ample supplies to suit all tastes. Remember that you don’t have to do everything yourself. You already hire other people such as Ontario Bakery for your wedding cake. DIY elements can be something else that you source out if you really want to include handcrafted elements in your wedding but don't have the time to do it yourself.

Make crafting part of the celebration. Crafting is not something that always needs to be done alone. You may want to reel in your bridesmaids or other wedding guests for  a crafting party.

As with anything else, planning and preparing for your wedding should be a journey that you enjoy and look back upon with joy in years to come. When going the DIY route, we suggest you take on only what truly matters.

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