Tuesday, June 29, 2010

My Final Word on DIY vs. Buy

Seriously? The only thing I can make is dinner.
I don't sew, I don't bake, I don't arrange flowers (I wouldn't even attempt to do this), and most of my interior design is done in batches. I don't even put together invitations, any more. What I am is a good editor and a good researcher - I can tell you if something is going to look good,I can give you suggestions on how to make it look better, and I can show you how to get either one.

And I'm okay with that.
But it's hard row to hoe these days. DIY is in, baby. And just like you, I love to ooh and ahh over the beautifully crafted hand-made pretty, I just can't participate. No, DIY's sister Eco-Friendly, on the other hand, I can work with. I re-use, renew and recycle with the best of them. I'm just waiting for someone I know to take me up on my repeated suggestions to use pinng.com for their invitations (DO IT!). Fact is, I was an eco-friendly bride before eco-friendly was cool - I rented my wedding dress, and all of my vendors were within a five-mile radius of my house. And I'm pretty sure my invites were recyclable.

What brought this rant on, you might ask? I was going through a pile of magazines last night and came across this project in The Knot - pear ecsort cards. And then I thought, hey that's really pretty, I could maybe do that. And then I thought about how I'd have to get the right kind of paper for the tags and twice as much of both those and the stickers on account of mistakes, which will be made. How my handwriting looks like something out of The Shining, and I would have to find some kind of tray or two to hold them all in, because not only would you have a bunch of pears rolling around, but you would have a bunch of pears rolling around that people have to search through to find their name. Hmm. Still doable?
I know that some would say so. But here's the thing. If you're NOT usually a DIY kind of girl, your wedding is not the place to pick up the bug. Learning takes time, and learning also involves making mistakes until you get it right. That's a lot of time. If your budget is the issue, find what you need for what you're willing to spend. If the environment is the issue, find an alternative. Trust me, there are going to be plenty of things that are going to drive you nuts while you're planning your wedding. Do yourself a favor and let this one go.

See you at the end of the aisle,

Liz Coopersmith
Silver Charm Events
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