- KISS: Keep It Simply Simple.
- Make it personal. Pick projects that really speak to you and your spouse-to-be. You can't do every cute thing you'll find so pick the ones that represent your hobbies, interests, professions, personalities, geography, theme, etc.
- Test, test, test. If you are making anything for outdoors, mock it up and test it outside on a bright or windy or humid day. Decor will be in your pictures and in your wedding album, so you want to ensure it can withstand the day.
- Decorate the ceremony chairs and reception tables. These are the little touches that your guests will see up close. The DIY touch will personalize your wedding for them.
- Consider size. Ceremony and reception decor needs to be much bigger than you think.
- Decorate from the "eyes up". No one will notice the paper pennant swags if they are across the front of the cake table because CAKE!, so make the bunting big and bold enough to hang above/behind the cake table.
- Take on too many--or a too complicated--projects. Get one near completion before buying too many supplies for the next. The last thing you'll want is for your bridesmaids to remember nothing about your wedding other than burning their fingers with the hot glue gun.
- Plan to DIY the food/drinks. In Texas, servers have a food handlers permit and only licensed bartenders can serve drinks. Let your catering company handle these things for you; it's why you hired them. And, if you just have-to-have that spiked "watermelon keg", ask them to make one for your event.
- Get outside your wheel house. We all love all the chalkboard art, handmade invitations, and doily chandeliers, but most of us aren't crafty enough to do all three of those things well. Enlist help from a bridesmaid, another close friend, or a vendor when needed. Local Austin artists can be quite affordable for small projects and can help take your idea from good to stellar.
- DIY real flowers. Unless you grew up in the floral business, drying to tie your bouquets the night before or morning of your wedding will be a huge undertaking.
- Forget to include vendors. If you have a DIY project that affects a vendor, let them in on your plan. As a photographer, I can help plan a great backdrop that will fit the theme and work well with my lens and lighting.
Do It Yourself projects really personalize your event and help make it unique. Give those creative muscles a wedding workout