Hey there, it’s Jen from Something Turquoise back again with more fabulous DIY wedding advice for you! Today I am sharing my 10 Best Tips for DIY-ing your wedding day. The thoughts I share below are perfect for any skill level, from the hardcore maker bride to the newbie crafter bride – this list is a must read! As a DIY bride myself and and the editor of a wedding blog that truly embraces the DIY bride, there is no one better to discuss this topic with you. Crafting is my passion and weddings are my obsession, so please let me know if you have any wedding crafting questions at all as I am happy to help!
1. THE ABSOLUTE BEST PLACE TO EASILY FIND HUNDREDS OF DIY WEDDING IDEAS IS PINTEREST.
My advice for you is that once you find a tutorial that you want to create for yourself, make sure to read the comments to see what other readers are saying about it. Not all tutorials are created equal and sadly not all of them turn out as they say they will. Fully read each tutorial you find and if you have questions ask the blog editor before you begin, the more prepared you are the better.
2. MAKING SOMETHING ISN’T ALWAYS CHEAPER THAN BUYING SOMETHING.
There are 2 reasons to DIY; 1. you want something incredibly special and handmade 2. you need to save money. Do your homework and price shop before you start a project. Sometimes it’s actually cheaper and faster to buy items from websites like Etsy, where artisans make and sell awesome handmade goods. However, there is nothing quite as special as something that you made with your own two hands.
3. CRAFT TOOLS ARE EXPENSIVE!
The biggest cost can be the tools you need to create a certain project, if you already own them it’s great – but if you don’t it sucks. ONLY invest in tools that you will use beyond your wedding day projects. You can also ask around and borrow tools from a crafty friend or relative.
4. WHEN SHOPPING AT LARGE CRAFT RETAIL STORES, MAKE SURE TO LOOK FOR A COUPON…
…especially for larger purchases! Most retailers like Michaels and JoAnns even have smart phone apps that always have fresh coupons on deck. If you want to get really thrifty you can bring a few friends with you and make them check out separately to save more! Online retailers have coupons too. Make sure to do a quick Google search for “xyz coupon code” before you check out, usually every time I purchase something online I find a code that works.
5. THE EASIEST WAY TO INCORPORATE DIY INTO YOUR WEDDING DAY IS…
…within details that you already have to create yourself like seating cards, table numbers, and your guest book. Those are all items that are fairly small tasks and you need the items anyway, so you might as well DIY. For a list of my Top 5 Easiest Projects to DIY for your wedding you can read this article that I wrote for Wedding Party last month.
6. IF YOU ARE GOING TO ATTEMPT MULTIPLE DIY PROJECTS FOR YOUR WEDDING, MAKE SURE…
…you not only have time for each project, but that you make special time to create each one. The process of creation is a huge part of your memory and joy. Take your time, sip champagne, put on your favorite music… enjoying the process will make your DIY experience extra rewarding. If you start early and regularly cross items off your crafty to-do list it will reduce stress later on.
7. DIY-ING DOESN’T HAVE TO BE COMPLICATED.
It can be as easy as repackaging a favor that you’ve purchased online or embellishing store bought invitations. Think about the extra little touch you can add to items that you’ve already purchased. From a ribbon, a handwritten tag or maybe even a coat of glitter – there are many things that can use a little extra crafty love.
8. WHEN CREATING LARGE SCALE PROJECTS LIKE INVITATIONS, SEATING CARDS AND FAVORS…
…you must be able to buy the supplies in bulk or be able to duplicate the design easily. For example, you can use a rubber stamp over and over – but some packaged embellishments like stickers and such don’t stretch the same way. This only pertains to the items that you have to make hundreds of, for smaller projects like table numbers it’s a little different.
9. INVITE YOUR BRIDESMAIDS OVER!
That’s what they signed up for. Schedule and throw a few fun craft nights to get your bridesmaids involved – the more hands the quicker things get done and including them in the process will give them pride on your wedding day as well. Provide snacks and drinks to keep everyone happy, put on good tunes and craft away. It’s no doubt that those nights will end up being cherished memories for years to come. Remember, you don’t have to do it all by yourself!
10. NOT CRAFTY? NOT TO WORRY, I’M SURE THERE IS SOMEONE YOU KNOW WHO IS!
Find a friend or an aunt who is willing to help you craft the items for the wedding of your dreams. Be a courteous bride and be conscious of their time and supplies. Ask them first if they will have the time to make your item and be honest about the date you will need it. If you are using your friends Cricut to cut out 100 favor tags, you should offer to buy her an extra blade and cutting matt. Or if you are using up a lot of your aunts glue, insist that you will replace it. If you just don’t know what to do, buy them a gift card to their favorite craft store. Those niceties will go far with your crafty friend, I know because I’m always the crafty friend.
*BONUS TIP: After your wedding is over and you are left with all kinds of crafty odds and ends – sell them on Ebay! I do this all the time. I get a flat rate shipping box, pack it full of craft supplies I will never use, take a few pictures and start the bidding at $0.99 (I make them pay for shipping). I don’t always make a ton of money, I think $40 was the most I made but I just can’t throw away good craft supplies! And it’s fun to watch your bid go up 😉