To DIY or Not to DIY?

DIY is always the cheapest way to go, right? Well, you’d think a do it yourself project would be cheaper than purchasing pre-made products for your wedding, but that’s not necessarily always the case.

I definitely saved money by making the bunting that’s pictured below instead of purchasing it, but looking back at the hours I spent cutting paper for my wedding decor, I've realized DIY projects cost more than just money.

Before beginning any DIY project, ask yourself 3 questions:

  1. How much money will the materials cost?
  2. How much time will this cost?
  3. How much stress will this cost?


Maybe you have a specific way in which you 'd like to save money, or you have a specific talent you'd love to use. At one wedding I coordinated, the bride showed her love for thrifting by purchasing a unique, vintage mug as each guest's favor. That project was a time consuming undertaking, but she had a ton of fun doing it, it reflected her unique personality, and it allowed her to save money on favors.

Not to DIY

Sometimes by the time you buy all the supplies and invest a maddening number of hours into a project, you realize it might have been worth it to buy the product pre-made. Sometimes the monetary cost is about the same either way, or it might even be worth spending a few extra dollars to save yourself time and stress.

When I got married, I wanted to save money by catering the reception ourselves. My mom helped me realize it would not be worth the huge amount of time and stress required to prepare and serve all of the food to such a large group of people. We ended up hiring a caterer and found other ways to save money.

Do What's Best for You

DIY projects can be a fun way to get hands-on with your wedding prep, but don’t drive yourself crazy trying to save a few cents.  Most of your guests won’t know the difference or care whether you painstakingly handmade the guestbook or ordered it off Amazon for 10 bucks.

If you need a break from wedding planning, you can check out some hilarious Pinterest catastrophes over at Have you had any DIY projects go wrong? We’d love to hear about them in the comments below!