You are big into crafts. You love making things that impress and inspire awe in others. You love hearing, “you seriously made that?” You are the ultimate DIY champion, so of course you’re going to DIY your entire wedding. From the food to the décor, your little crafty touches will be everywhere. But just pause for a second before you put your hands to work. There are some major pitfalls and hazards to avoid when it comes to your wedding. Don’t let your amazing hobbies create more stress and hassle than you can handle!
Be a Crazy Perfectionist
Your bridal party and family will thank you. If you get too caught up in the details, you let the crafts get the better of you. Prepare as carefully as you can beforehand so all that’s left for you to do is the setting up. That way you can even have someone else put everything together on the day of. Getting super nitpicky is a surefire way to frustrate everyone including yourself—not how you want to start off your big day.
Go Too Big
By big, we mean literally. Sometimes people go a little crazy on the ideas. You made a two-story statue of you and your partner? How are you going to get your masterpiece to the venue? Don’t get carried away, and you won’t have to fret over the logistics of your crafts.
Get in Over Your Head
Don’t go too crazy with your ideas. Be reasonable about what you can accomplish and set yourself up for success. When you overcommit, you can’t put your best work forward. Remember it’s quality, not quantity, your guests will appreciate.
Make a Ton for Certain Areas and None for Others
Let’s say you make really cute table place cards and name tags but don’t do anything else to help carry out your theme. This will make your DIY décor seem really random. By spreading out your ideas, your little DIY touches will be everywhere. Your guests will be impressed and immersed in the awesome feel you’ve created.
Not Stick to One Theme
It’s really easy to go Pinterest crazy and want to make everything from all different styles, but it’s really not advised. For one, you’re asking for stress with all the chaos and added cost from buying a wider set of supplies. Two, the aesthetic will be much more cohesive if you stick to one theme. If you let yourself go all over the place, you’ll have a lot of crafts from all different looks. This is okay if you’re going to a really eclectic feel, but it’s best to go for one specific look and make it the best atmosphere you can!
Tips and Tricks
Make Enough Quality Items
Make enough stuff that you love so that if one thing goes wrong, it’s not that big of a deal. Let’s say you make table cards, but the wind is blowing them all away. Disaster, right? Wrong. Your table chart is on point so the cards are just a bonus. See, this way losing one thing doesn’t cause a meltdown.
Make Interactive Crafts
I was recently in my cousin’s country wedding. The theme was travel and she had a lot of amazing crafts happening. One of the coolest things was her paper airplane section. She had this adorable vintage picture frame with instructions on how to fold a paper airplane. Along with this was a large board, decorated, with holes in it. The goal was to fold your own airplane and try to throw through the holes for points. The planes fit in with the travel theme and it was just a very neat little feature. It’s the little touches and opportunities for your guests to touch and experience that will make them say “wow.” Plus, the later it gets, the more your guests party, the more they’ll want to hang out and play! Let the games happen. There are so many ways to incorporate theme. If you get stuck, search for ideas or ask that one friend who always throws crazy theme parties for inspiration.
A good party really comes down the personalization. If you want your guests to feel valued at your wedding, you’ll create opportunities for them to feel like they were thought of. Good news, a DIY wedding is the perfect setting for just such a scenario. My aforementioned cousin also had passports for each guest. The passports had the guest’s name, but also a celebrity as a passport photo. She hand-selected each celebrity to match the guest in some way. Everyone loved finding out who they were! You don’t have to do something this time consuming, especially if you have hundreds of guests, but there are lots of other opportunities to personalize. Use your keen DIY senses to figure out how to make your guests feel like you thought of them.
Involve Your Party and Friends in the Making
Release the reins a little bit and let your friends and family help you get your crafts done. If you’re truly doing a DIY wedding, you’re probably already feeling overwhelmed with all you have to do by hand. Any crafter knows these things take a long time. If you try to do it all on your own, you will probably burn out. So try gathering your bridesmaids for a craft night. Lure them with wine and snacks and put those hands to work.
You are a crafting genius; it’s time to show all your friends and family what you can do. And, if you follow these guidelines, you will pull it off. Hopefully, you’ll do it without the panic portion. I know personally what it’s like to be the glue-covered crafter in the middle of the night, rushing to get multiple different projects done. So don’t forget what you’ve learned today and DIY your wedding with grace!