How to set a timeline for DIY’ing your wedding

26 March 2024

Planning a wedding is an exciting journey filled with countless decisions. One such decision couples face is whether to make or buy the decorative elements to enhance their special day. For those leaning towards a hands-on approach, a DIY wedding offers a unique opportunity to infuse personal touches into every aspect of your nuptials, and can often save you money in the long run.

What is worth making based on time and resources and what items are you better off buying? Let’s explore a few items that are worth the time and effort, as well as how to set a timeline for DIY’ing these wedding items.

Start with inspiration and budget considerations

Begin by gathering inspiration from various sources and creating a vision board for your wedding. As you do, keep your budget in mind. Some elements may be more cost-effective to make, while others might be better purchased from vendors. 

Identify your top priorities for the wedding and allocate a budget accordingly. Determine which elements you want to DIY versus those you prefer to delegate to professionals. Consider factors such as time, skills, and cost when making these decision

Create a Master Checklist and Set a Timeline

Back out 6 to 18 months from your wedding date to allow ample time for DIY projects and create a comprehensive checklist outlining all tasks and deadlines. Consider factors such as complexity and cost of materials as you analyze whether it is best to make versus buy each element on your list to determine the most practical approach. As you plan, consider whether making certain items aligns with your timeline and resources. 

Remember to schedule time for trial runs and practice sessions for DIY projects to refine techniques and troubleshoot any issues. Make a couple of projects to evaluate whether the effort required to make the items justifies the potential cost savings compared to purchasing them.

Start with pre-wedding festivities

Your wedding shower or bachelorette party is a great place to start because they usually take place weeks or months prior to your wedding and you can make a few mistakes as you hone your skills. Delegating your bachelorette party DIY decor to your bridesmaids is a great option too. 

These bachelorette party cups are a fun way to get your gals excited about your big day!

Custom game cards and keep your wedding colors and theme at the forefront.

Signage is easy and affordable to make

Whether it’s welcome signage or banners, you can personalize the aesthetics of your wedding to fit your wedding theme and colors with a few simple projects. 

Delegate responsibilities and evaluate skillsets

Enlist the help of bridesmaids and groomsmen who are willing to assist with DIY tasks. You can loan them your Cricut machine, even better yet if they have their own! Assess their skillsets and allocate responsibilities accordingly, keeping in mind that certain projects may require specialized expertise.

Stay flexible and adapt

Remain flexible throughout the planning process and be prepared to adjust your timeline and make versus buy decisions as needed. If a DIY project becomes more challenging or time-consuming than anticipated, consider simplifying the project or eliminating it from your DIY checklist.

Enjoy the journey

While navigating the make versus buy dilemma adds complexity to DIY wedding planning, remember to enjoy the journey and embrace the satisfaction of creating a personalized celebration. Whether you choose to make or buy certain elements, focus on what truly matters – celebrating your love and commitment surrounded by cherished family and friends.

By integrating a make versus buy analysis into your DIY wedding planning timeline, you can make informed decisions that balance creativity, practicality, and budget considerations. Whether you opt to craft handmade decor or purchase specialty items from vendors, the key is to align your choices with your vision for the perfect wedding day.

To see other ways you can save by making with Cricut instead of buying, check out Ways to Save with Cricut!