DIY Bride – Avoiding Pitfalls

Howdy LoveBirds! If you have been following along this week; you will have noticed that I opened up the discussion of being a ‘DIY Bride’ in my last post.  I didn’t truly feel that I could even begin to scratch the surface necessary to cover DIY Bride’s in one post, so I decided to turn it into this week’s series.

I wanted to discuss the pitfalls of being a DIY Bride and ways for you to avoid them. So let’s get right to it!

1) Plan and Prepare!

As with the rest of your wedding, plan and prepare all of your DIY projects. Round up print outs of projects, create shopping lists of what you’ll need for each project, insert them into your wedding binder (if you have one) and schedule a block of time for you to complete each project.

 

2) Minimize Your Spending

And not just your dollars! In my last post I raved about DIY manicures because I was able to save money and schedule the time to do them when most nail salons would be closed. DIY projects can be a double edged sword on spending and time management. To maximize your DIY Bride projects, MINIMIZE! You can minimize your spending by looking for sales, utilizing coupons, or even getting mileage out of left over stock from old projects. Minimize your time as well (see step one), I was once told that when you calendar something you should ‘make it sacred’ and do not put it aside, focus your attention to it once it’s time. I loved that tip! Don’t blow off the block of time you have scheduled for your projects, especially when your wedding is looming and you have other projects still scheduled to be completed.

 

3) Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help

So you scheduled your time, you started your project, and now it is taking wayyyy longer than you hoped or even expected it too, bummer! Reach out to one of the members of your bridal party and ask them to step in, on the same token, don’t be a Bridezilla stomping around and demanding of her bridal party while feigning illness on the couch (anyone else remember that episode of Bridezilla? apalling!)

As far as help goes, also have a plan in place for set up on the day of your wedding, if you are using a Wedding Planner (yes DIY Bride’s also use wedding planners) this should  be part of your package; if you are not using a wedding planner ask if your venue provides a Day-0f-Coordinator (some venues include this at no extra charge), you can also ask another wedding go-er, maybe a friendly neighbor or aunt; with less responsibility if they wouldn’t mind helping you out.

4) Know Your Own Limitations

Some projects can become all consuming even if you have planned and prepped. Sometimes even the craftiest of us can get in over our heads. If you are overwhelmed and asking yourself how on earth you got into this mess and what possessed you to think you could put together 100 mason jar centerpieces, menus, favors, candy bar, table numbers, escort cards and welcome bags, you may need to rethink. Is there something you can cut back on? Is there a faster alternative to what you had planned with the crafts already on hand?

 

5) Pinterest Can Be Your Friend

I sort of unassumingly bashed Pinterest in my last post. Sorry Pinterest! It’s all love! Pinterest can be a great source of inspiration as well as education from endless resources. There are countless articles on wedding favors and wedding planning tips for DIY Bride’s. Again, print out what you need and see step 1)

 

6) You Don’t Have to DIY Everything

This also ties in with 4)  I went to the wedding of a friend of mine a couple of years back. He called me up as a sort of an impromptu ‘Save The Date’, within the conversation he also proudly proclaimed that his Bride-To-Be would be making their cake. I thought they had both lost their marbles, but I just kindly said ‘Oh Wow, that’ll be great’ or something generic along those lines. Boy oh Boy did I eat my humble pie on that one! The cake she baked turned out amazing and she had planed for it to be delivered to their venue on the day of. I also had to remind myself that she was a chef by trade, so baking her own wedding cake came naturally to her. If you’re not much of a baker, your own wedding might not be the place to start. There is nothing wrong with hiring a baker or a florist and filling in the rest of your day with your own DIY projects.

Have you ever had a DIY project gone awry? Sound off in the comments!

 

DIY Bride

I have recently become a huge fan of at home manicures, or DIY (do it yourself) manicures. For a few reasons actually. One, of course is a tight financial budget, two is a tight time budget (I often paint my nails late at night after my daughter is asleep :), and three is particularity. The phrase ‘particularity’ can conjure up a somewhat pompous notion of me, so allow me to be clear. Yes, if I am paying for a service I would hope to get what I expect out of said service, this by no means indicates that I stomp around like a giant brat demanding things or, ever, become rude or abrasive to someone in the service field; my early twenties were spent in retail management so I can understand the pangs of customer service! Enter DIY.

DIY can be great for a multitude of things, DIY Manicures, DIY Home Improvements and DIY Weddings.

So this is generally how it goes down; and ladies I am talking to you! Prince Charming proposes, you are now engaged, Congratulations! You are suddenly inundated with wedding plans: dress options, venue, date, registry’s, the list goes on and on.

Enter Pinterest

We have all been swept away with Pinterest at one point or another, I am guilty of this as well and I am not entirely bashing Pinterest, I think it can be a great source of inspiration. However, I will say this once, so please take note if need be:

If you are not the DIY type, Your wedding is no place to start

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 Feel free to quote me on that, write it down if you need too, block and copy it, add it to your inspiration board, whatever you have to do, PLEASE DRILL THAT SENTIMENT INTO YOUR HEAD!! Hey, we all have our limitations, I can’t bake to save my life, pull apart Toll House Cookies, yes, Pinterest recipes, not so much! If you are not a DIY Bride, there is nothing wrong with that.. there’s not  If you ARE a DIY Bride, or you choose to completely ignore the above quote, stick around for my next post on avoiding the pitfalls of associated with being a DIY Bride.

The Truth About Your Wedding

When you first get engaged:

When you skip out on a Wedding Planner because of the above ‘cash flow’ situation:

You’ll naturally want to try the latest trends:

And DIY projects:

Your bridesmaids will revel in your sense of style when choosing their festive dresses:

But in the end:

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September’s Wedding Dress Pick of the Month

Fall is upon us… well fall is upon those of us not living in Southern Florida; where summer is in full swing for …. well forever. I miss the fall weather and the turning of the leaves that we witnessed living in New England, but I’ll save you all from my reminiscence. It’s time for my wedding dress pick of the month, September edition… where did August go?!

I have searched the far corners of Pinterest the earth to find a wedding dress worthy of this months pick!

If you have not previously seen this Hailey Paige wedding dress as of yet, then you have never been on Pinterest because it is everywhere! When ever I see this dress I always imagine it with a pair of old school Chuck Taylor’s’ (Chucks!). The combination of the striping along with the flouncy layers says “Yes I want a traditional dress, but I am a fun bride”. I will not use the term “off beat bride” because frankly I have no use for that term…. what would an on-beat bride be anywho?!

I also envision this open faced (no veil), with a fascinator, or a birdcage veil, how fun would that be?!

What are your thoughts on this months pick?