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Wedding do-it-yourself is time-consuming

The hidden costs of DIY

I'm a crafty do-it-yourselfer, but I also know the limits of my crafting abilities. When something is beyond me, I call a professional. I recommend the same for everyone planning a wedding and reception because you will have more than one item to create!

Weddings and receptions can be an exciting dream for DIY folks or a nightmare. At first it seems like a good idea, but you have to ask yourself questions before you begin buying supplies.

  1. What are the costs to DIY? Not only the actual costs, but time costs as well.  Do I have the time to make 150 - 200 items?
  2. Do I have the skills to do make these items? If you ask a friend to make it, is that friend experienced at making the product? Have you seen his / her creations before?
  3. If a friend is helping to make something, how much time can he / she commit? Is this a person I can rely on?
  4. What if there is an emergency for someone making something for you, what is your back-up plan? Is there someone else who can step in?
  5. Do you have enough storage for all the items you are making? If you have to rent a storage locker, that's an additional cost.
  6. Remember when you purchase something just to try it, it usually comes in a larger package than you want, and if it doesn't work, you have spent money on items you won't use.
  7. When you have an event at a home, you need to rent the tables, chairs, linens, and more. Plus you will need people to set it up and tear it down. Who will do that for you?

Write a production timeline so you know when you need things done.

There are endless decisions to be made, be sure you are choosing the DIY items that will be done well.

All the other tasks, ask the professionals to do; you will get much better results and you won't have to be concerned with the details.

The best solution is to hire a wedding coordinator and professionals to help you. Find someone who has produced a lot of weddings; they have a lot of knowledge and experience, which will help your day run smoothly. Then you can relax and enjoy yourself. Happy planning!

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Published on April 27, 2016.

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