Do You Need a Wedding Planner? Would You Remodel Your Home Without a General Contractor? By Christine Boulton

I don’t get it. Why would you take on a project that can cost you anywhere from $10,000 to, well, as high as you want to go without having a professional by your side?

Here is the thing, would you take on a major home remodeling project without hiring a general contractor? Of course not. I know, you are asking how are those even remotely the same. Let me ask you,

“How are they different?”

  • Both have budgets in at least the 5 figure range. That is a LOT of money.
  • In both instances you want a high degree of personalization. In short, you want YOUR dream to be executed.
  • Both will require a long list of sub-contractors that you have most likely never dealt with before.
  • Both require tight scheduling to make sure everything comes together on time and on budget.
  • Both are going to have glitches and unexpected issues pop up that someone is going to have to deal with.
  • The results of both are going to be with you for a long, long time.

Am I beginning to make some sense here?
All those things listed below are what a wedding planner does.

  • They know which vendors are reliable and match your style.
  • They help you translate your dreams to the people who are going to make them come true.
  • They know all about how your venue works in terms of timing and convenience for load in.
  • It is their job to keep that timeline on track so, for example, the flowers show up after the tables are set up, dinner is served hot and the MC know when to do the first dance.
  • It is their job to keep all those sub-contractors working together on the right plan.
  • They are there to look you right in the eye and say “Yes you can have that, but you are going to have to give up XYZ”
  • They are there to handle those last-minute glitches and issues in a way that you don’t even know they happened.

There is a wealth of information online today on how to plan a wedding, but until you actually do it, you have no idea of everything involved.

Seriously, when you look at it in this light, why would you even think of not hiring a wedding planner for one of the days you are going to remember for the rest of your life.

Sure, I could watch HGTV, DIY Network, House Crashers and This Old House until my eyes bleed but one episode of Holmes on Homes or DIY Disaster will cure my ass of thinking I can remodel my kitchen on my own!

By: Christine Boulton
Wedding Dish
Think Like A Bride

6 Reasons Why Your DIY Projects Aren’t Working Out

Popular reasons for doing DIY projects for your wedding include saving money and putting your personal stamp on things. Sometimes, however, DIY projects don’t always work out as envisioned. Here’s why:

1. It Takes More Time Than You Think
DIY projects can often take a very long time, they can be stressful, and sometimes they just don’t turn out as expected. Yes, it happens – typos on the programs, crooked printing when the invitations don’t go through the printer straight. So carefully and realistically budget your time before you DIY.

2. Not Skilled In That Type Of Craft
Ok, the directions look easy, but once you get going . . .

Bottom line – not everyone is dexterous enough to beautifully fold origami cranes.

origami cranes

3. Not Enough Help
It’s a lot of work, and while it may be a priority to you, sitting down for several hours to do a project just doesn’t have the same level of importance, which means they won’t be expecting to have to help.

4. Disinterested (Turning Into Resentful) Help
It’s not that others don’t want you to be happy, or for you to have your unique wedding vision come true. But, like mentioned above, they don’t find it a priority. And we all know what happens when someone tackles a project that they really don’t want to do – it turns out badly, you get stressed and maybe even angry, and they feel resentment.

Anyway, is it fair to your bridesmaids to just expect them to jump right in and help you write out a hundred place cards or fold a thousand tissue paper flowers?

5. It’s Not Always Cheaper
Sure, DIY kits cost less money in the first place, but after figuring in materials, then the time needed to do the job right (researching how-tos, picking up supplies, practicing, picking up that other supply you forgot, messing up a few and having to go to the store again to pick up more materials), you might really be better off hiring a pro in the first place.

6. You Get Bit By The “Perfectionist Bug”
At first, you’re just wanting the project to look good, but once you actually get started you find yourself tweaking and adjusting, because “it’s my wedding and I want everything to be perfect!” Whoa. Relax and don’t put this type of stress on yourself (and those around you). Real life isn’t perfect.

Ok, I’m not saying that all DIY is bad. But, like everything else, you have to prioritize. How important really is each project to you? After all is said and done, will you look back and still see the glory in that particular project, or will you be wishing that you’d have spent your time on something else? If a project really matters to you, then do it.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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If you’re looking for fun ideas, or need help with your wedding plans or that DIY project, contact me today at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647!