To DIY or not to DIY?

I'm a big Martha Stewart Weddings fan, but I have my limits.

Conversation between Poppy and her very own Will:

Poppy: B proposed! I’m getting married!

Will: Yay! Now promise me something – You will NOT do your own invitations! I can just imagine you gluing and cutting away. Promise me you won’t do so for your own wedding!

Poppy (Fingers crossed behind her back.): Um. Alright.

Since I’ve pre-terminated my freelance consulting gig (more on that – well, maybe never), I’ve used about 80% of my free time lately looking for inspiration for our big day. Thankfully (and after years of knowing better than getting in my way), B has given me lots of room to imagine and plan for our wedding.

I’ve been poring through books, magazines and web sites for inspiration – from our color palette to cocktail fare, from our outfits to music. I’ve 3 small notebooks set aside for ideas, supplier listings, checklists and expenses, not to mention MS PowerPoint and MS Excel files to digitally manage my references and help me stay “organized.”

I’m obviously, incredibly, hands-on with planning at the moment. Though I wonder how I could keep my promise (though nullified with crossed fingers, lol) to Will.

Despite the discounts offered in bridal fairs and suppliers’ early bird packages, I’ve realized too how much we could save should I design other printed matter (such as the missal, menu, place cards), and “craft” little details in our reception.

I also know that I simply can’t have our wedding without my touches (quite literally) on it. Without them, I wouldn’t feel comfortable.

So where should I draw the line and save myself from becoming a frazzled DIY bride?

Well, Will – Here’s something I know I won’t do. Remind me of this post when you find me doing so.