Should I DIY for my Wedding?

I am in the THICK of wedding planning. Holy cow, I knew it would be work but these last 2 months have been crazy. If you’re every attending a wedding for the love, please send it in on time and correctly mark food choices if needed! Thats my advice!

So I have been trying to DIY some wedding items just because Im a perfectionist sometimes, I want to save money, and I like creating, of course. So I’d thought I’d share with you my check list of whether or not I should create something:

  1. First and most important question: Do I have time?? My advice would be for DIYing is creating things that you can make months out that won’t needed to be changed last minute. For example signs, props, card boxes. Things along those lines. I would advise against seating charts or escort cards because those are subject to change a lot last minute. If one person cancels last minute it could change your whole seating chart.

  2. Can a lot go wrong?? Some of the items we wanted to make or course there were hiccups. Things weren’t the size we expected or we needed more paint. Lots of trips to Michaels. If this project can go from 0 to 100 real quick on problems, either plan very in-depth or scrap it all together. There will be other things that are more pressing and have problems that you will have to tend to.

  3. Will this look nice enough?? Sometimes I start a project and then I finish and Im like hmm that didn’t turn out quite as nice as I expected. If this is a main focal point, do you trust yourself enough to do an amazing job? Harsh but you’d rather know the answer before you start rather than after.

  4. Would it be cheaper to pay someone to do this?? Sometimes I see a project and Im like Oh easy! But then I realize all the supplies I had to buy and time it will take and I realize it’s just not worth it. Paying someone else or buying off etsy would be way easier.

  5. Is it worth it?? Is this something you really want to create and on your wedding day say thank you I made that! Or is it something people may not even notice? Sometimes I feel like we take on so much DIYing where it would be less time and energy to just purchase it. Trust me you’re going to be pulled in a lot of directions, don’t add more onto your plate if you’re not really excited about it.

When I started wedding planning I was going to DIY all this stuff. And my mom thought I was crazy. One thing I for sure took off my list was escort cards because it’s last minute and will reflect food choices as well. But I have created some really cool stuff! I’d be happy to make a post on how I did it all after the wedding and I have proper photos! Let me know if you’d like that!

I hope this helps with your decision on should I DIY or not for your wedding! If you’ve already had your wedding I’d love to see what you DIYed!

Wedding Beauty Plan: 3 Months

Soooo, after having the longest engagement ever.  I'm officially under the 3-month mark and I sort of can't believe it!  I have been working really hard on getting my fitness right and my skin before the wedding but it's time to really kick it up a notch and make it a priority.  I'm going to have these photos forever and it's going to be such a special day that I don't want to feel meh.  I want to feel super confident! 

So here are a few things I am doing. 

  • Keeping up with working out 4 times a week and active on the other 3.  Long walks or yoga.  Trying to get 10,000 steps a day.
  • Eating a lot cleaner, more fruits, and veggies
  • Drinking water, I mean you've seen everywhere how great water is for everything
  • I have Keratosis pilaris, which is these red bumps on the back of my arms.  My dermatologist told me to use this.  But you really have to use it for a long time and consistently to see results. 
  • I have some chest and back acne (keeping it real) and something that really helps is this spray.  So I'm using that and this brush to help clear dead skin from working out and reach places I  can't.  This is what I use in the shower, recommended by my dermatologist. (THIS CAN BLEACH YOUR TOWELS!)
  • I'm going to keep up with my face wash and oil my dermatologist gave me because that really helps to keep my skin a lot clearer.
  • I have this face oil, I was hoping it would help with scars and acne.  But I think I like this one better so I may switch and I got my facial roller to help that stuff soak in! 
  • I also got this light mask, so who knows how that will go.  Let me know if you want a review.
  • I'm going to keep up with masks to keep my skin clearer and hydrated. 
  • Take my vitamins! This has to help something. 
  • I may also get facials once a month just to really help my skin and everything it's going through. 
  • Stop picking, this is really bad for me.  I can't resist but I find if I leave my skin be for a few days it looks so much clearer! 

These are things I should do all the time.  But they will be my priority for the next 3 months and hopefully, that will help it to become easier and more of a lifestyle change! 

If you have tips of things you do before your wedding or a major event, I want to hear! 

Wedding Tips & Tools!

Oh, the joys of wedding planning! Henry and I have had a longer engagement due to when our venue was available, which has been a blessing and a curse at the same time! All this waiting lets you second guess every decision but it also allows you to do your research.

With this whole wedding planning, I have found some tools or helpful hints that I wanted to share with you whether you're in the process, or it's your turn soon.

I'm sure other brides could help chime in on this post and help us all out! 

1 - The Knot: Of course this site has a lot of different things that you could need.  Help with guest list, so many advice blogs, websites and a budget.  My favorite thing I use them for is the budget.  First, you set your budget and it automatically fills in the rest.  You can add your vendors and the price.  I think this is the best tool for the budget.  There is also the wedding wire but I found The Knot to be more accurate. 
2 - Zola: When you go to register some of the stores will have to tell you based on your guest how many gifts you should have in different price breakouts.  For example 10 in $50 and under 20 in $100 range and 20 $100 +.  ( I totally made that up please don't listen to that!) But its really helpful to make sure that you have enough for showers and the wedding.  And since I'm cheap I keep putting way too much in the $50 and under so it helps to keep me in check.
3 - Crate & Barrel: Speaking of registry Crate & Barrel does this really awesome thing where they host events before the store even opens and its just for engaged couples creating their registry.  When we went the employees were so helpful.  They didn't bother you but they also help us with setting a table and really visualizing this.  I liked how hands-off they were because you didn't feel pressured but they were ready to jump in and were so informative. 
4 - Your Vendors: If you have any questions or are thinking about certain ideas, ask your vendors! They are the pros and can help you with making your vision come alive as seamlessly as possible! 
5 - Wedding planner 101: My friend and day of planner Heidi of 44th & Luxe Events has a great blog on her website that is filled with tips.  I love these Wednesday post because I save them and use the tips for when it applies to something I'm working on.
6. Tip Tuesday: A wedding photographer in my creative group Amanda Donaho Photography has a great Instagram story where on Tuesday she shares a tip and really explains it.  I feel like sometimes people give you tips but they don't explain why so sometimes the advice seems useless.  one of my favorite tips recently is about placing some tape at the altar so that you are centered for photos! I've made a mental note and will for sure use that! Here's her Instagram.
7. Addressing Save The Dates: So we used Minted for our save the dates and there are awesome calligraphers out there don't get me wrong.  But I liked the Minted for a more modern look and if you got a 5x7 save the date they addressed the envelopes for you!! This was such a time/money saver.  And it made the envelopes look so nice and professional!

We also got this stamp made for our return address, which also helped but I will say I had trouble with the ink drying. 

For the timeline, I used The Knot but I really found it not helpful.  for example, we got engaged in April and our wedding is in this coming November.  The Knot told us to get engaged in August, umm well that already happened that why I'm here! Some of the vendors I wanted I booked right away because I knew I wanted them.  If I follow The Knot I wouldn't have booked them for months and they could have been taken.

So I believe if you have something in mind GO FOR IT! And The Knot can help with other things.

THE HONEYMOON - YAY! So Henry and I haven't had much practice planning vacations we have always done really quick trips so planning a vacation from scratch is a little overwhelming for us and one thing that really helped was going to AAA and talking to a travel agent.  They had a lot of helpful information and helped steer us in the right direction.  Also if we book with them they will help save us a lot of money! 

I hope some of these were helpful, I of course browser on Pinterest a lot and read a lot of blogs.  The closer I get to the date the more information Im sure I will have to share!