To DIY or Die – That is the Question

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We’ve all been there–mesmerized as you stare across the room–so much promise, this could be the start of a great adventure. You decide to go for it. After all, this could be true love, or this could result in another lonely night sitting with an injured pinky toe, and an unpaid bill, all for another pair of “perfect shoes”. Thus describes my relationship with Pinterest, craft stores, the art section of the grocery store, the Home Improvement Channel and popsicle sticks—you know any do it yourself endeavor.

Do It Yourself projects, better known as DIY, are not just for home decoration or every day crafts, but have become a wonderful option for brides and party planners alike. DIY crafts are a great way to make your big day unique and tell your life or love story in a creative way. While a great option, DIY crafts can be quite a gamble and large undertaking for the average “I don’t like glue on my hands” kind of girl like myself. Below are some things to ponder before messing up a perfectly good manicure to ensure that your great DIY doesn’t just need to die.


  1. DIY does not necessarily mean less expensive. It is a misconception that making your décor yourself is an easy way to cut your budget; DIY projects can be very costly depending on the materials you will need, the quantity and quality of your project and the tools needed to create your masterpiece. After figuring your cost, your DIY project may cost just as much, if not more than renting, or purchasing items or hiring a professional to complete the service. It is also important to research before jumping on the DIY train since you may be able to find items in bulk at a better price or get advice on creating your desired craft with materials that are less expensive.
  2. DIY hookups can leave you jacked up. We all know someone that knows someone who can: you can fill in the blank with some awesome feat here. Sometimes a do it yourself friend or acquaintance can leave you jilted and cracked up. (There is a really sad but funny bridal hair story that I won’t add now, but trust–that is one lesson I learned by the mistake of another). It is always a good idea to ask someone to see his/her work or discuss his/her experience before inviting this person on board. It is also important to make sure this person understands your vision and is up front about his/her expectations for assisting, because face it- very few things in life are free.
  3. DIY projects can be very time consuming. It is hard enough planning to be the star on your big day, let alone worry about creating and executing your vision for it. Most crafts and projects require focused time, which means that the usual phone on my right ear, Netflix on, laptop open, multi-tasking won’t cut it. Think about it, most professionals, on top of providing a service, also charge for labor and time. It is important to consider how much time you are realistically able to dedicate to your project before committing to the DIY life. And, this single best/good friend would like to insert a friendly reminder here. We, speaking on behalf of all best/good friends, are so excited that you have found your “happily ever after”; and while we don’t mind helping, sitting here gluing hundreds of rhinestones on your bridal chucks is not my “happily ever after” nor is it helping me get closer to one.
  4. Some venues and themes lend themselves more to DIY projects than others. Before committing to a do it yourself project think about how it might enhance or take away from your theme. It is also important to consider your venue and the amount of décor and design that is needed in your space, which can make DIY a more cumbersome or simple task.

DIY crafts and projects are such a great way to personalize your special day; however, it is so important to count the cost, both literally and figuratively. Your big day is very important and you want to be able to enjoy every aspect with as little stress as possible. Sending you Pinterest dreams and Martha Stewart wishes.

Outré Bride Contributor-Mia Poole