Let's face it, your Pinterest wedding board is probably without the doubt the coolest wedding anyone has ever planned ever. Wedding DIY projects are designed to make weddings personal, less expensive and more efficient. Here are some important Wedding Do It Yourself Do's and Don'ts that you should know about before you take on any type of project from decorations to gifts to invitations.
DO: Research your project.
It always looks easier than it really is. Make sure you do the research your project requires. Know the in's and out's of the project from the project itself, to the space in which you are doing the project. Make sure you know everything you need to know before you get started, and that you have the resources you need just in case if you need more information in the middle of the project.
DON'T: Spend more money on a DIY hack than the original thing.
It is absolutely amazing how expensive Do It Yourself projects can be. The whole point of wedding DIYs are that they are supposed to cost less. Once you buy all of the supplies, and put all of the time into it, you could have just saved yourself a nice chunk of change and a headache if you had just bought the thing.
DO: Trial run.
I can see how this is kind of counterintuitive because it may be time consuming, but it's important. Sometimes you need to screw up and do a "don't" in order to learn how to never do it again. When you make mistakes, learn from them. It's really the only way to get better at something. Do a trial run of the item you want to create in order to see if it's worth it. You don't want to drop a huge chunk of change on supplies, get six hours into doing the project and then figure out that the mason jar cups you painted with chalkboard paint chip away as soon as a drink is poured into it--but you already made 65 jars.
DON'T: Take on a project that you're not qualified for.
There's a difference between making a mistake by using the wrong kind of glue, and electrocuting yourself because you decided to do the electrical instead of getting a professional to do it. There are parts of certain do it yourself projects that unfortunately, you cannot do yourself--so don't attempt to. An odd example some may not consider, is hiring a professional photographer/videographer. We live in a day and age where everyone and their mother (literally in this case) has a smart phone or a DSLR and gets snap happy during anything from a coffee run to a wedding. If you think you're saving time and money by counting on your guests to be your photographers, you might want to reconsider. You'll wish you had at least one professional photo of your first dance, cutting the cake, etc. That's not to say that guests shouldn't be taking photos. There are plenty of apps and websites that actually facilitate in collecting all of the photos from your wedding so you have everything in one place.
DO: Get all of the right measurements...twice.
If you're doing a fabric project, make sure you know EXACTLY what you need. Never cut fabric unless you have laid it over whatever it is you might be doing upholstery for, or if you know exactly what the measurements have to be. When you are cutting--it's always better to leave a little more on, than take too much off.
DON'T: Close the glue bottle until you know you are done with the glue.
Fun fact, when you screw the cap closed on a glue bottle, all of the glue gets sucked into the cap. This is what causes bottles to clog up. Keep the bottle open until you are sure you are done the project to prevent clogs!
DO: Cover an area to designate to paint.
Whether you are hand painting or spray painting, it's a good idea to have a designated spot for it. If you're covering the area in newspaper, be mindful to tape the paper down for it might blow away during a spray paint session, or use blue painter's tape.
DON'T: Keep a stencil on for too long.
When you are painting, don't forget to remove the stencil as soon as you are done--or else the stencil will get stuck to your project!
DO: Work with people on projects.
Find people that are also interested in DIY projects, or perhaps do a DIY project with a friend, family member or a significant other. Sometimes it can be not only fun to work with someone, but helpful.
DON'T: Wait until the last minute.
Be conscious of the time that projects will take. Don't wait until a week before the wedding to start working on the decorations, centerpieces, place cards, etc.
DO: Consider how many items you are doing yourself.
You may have plenty of awesome options and ideas for DIY projects, but make sure you are not overwhelming yourself. Keep track of what you want to do yourself, and then weigh the pros and cons.
Sometimes it's good to walk away from a project. Give yourself some time to think and work on other things.
DO: Prioritize projects.
If you are working on this giant flower wall that you want to be a place where folks can take pictures, but you have yet to take a look on the invitations you have to send out in two days--you might want to rethink which projects you are working on and when.
People do DIY projects for plenty of reasons: being creative, financial restrictions, aesthetic, for fun, etc. However, no matter what your reason for doing it yourself, you shouldn't panic. Every project has its problems, but you will figure out how to make it a success. You have plenty of tools and resources available to you no matter what. This is supposed to be your special day. You have your bridal party, groomsmen, etc to back you up. Make your Pinterest wedding a reality as close as you can.