Hello there everyone! I am back from my terrible sickness with a chatty, short, low-key blog for you. Surprisingly, I am here to talk to you all about how it is more than okay to not DIY sometimes. What? How? Not DIY? I know, right? As I am preparing for my wedding and sharing with you all many of the craft projects that I create for the wedding, I think it is just as important to talk about how sometimes it is more than okay to buy rather than DIY.
I think there is sometimes a lot of pressure for crafty people to hand make everything and there can be some shaming either from yourself or from others if you don’t. It can be easy to feel like if have the skills to do something yourself, you have to or should do it yourself. But I am here to tell you that is not the case. I have felt this way for a while, but I recently had an “aha” moment in a real way when thinking about wedding invitations.
The original plan had been for me and my mom to make the invitations as we are crafty ladies who think we can do anything. However, after some thought and research, my fiancé and I decided to get invitations made through a website. For someone who loves to craft and takes pride in it, it can be hard to give up that control, but it doesn’t make you any less of a crafter. Sometimes going with a product that is professionally done just makes more sense. The wedding invitations that we have chosen have gold foiling on them, as well as a handy tri-fold shape with attached RSVP card. The amount of time, energy and stress that it would have taken my mother and I to make something comparable would be insane. I can’t even begin to imagine trying to add intricate gold detailing to over 50 invitations. The website we are using also provides free address printing and I must say that I am overjoyed to not have to hand-address each invitation and RSVP card.
Being crafty doesn’t mean that every single thing you do must be done by hand. Buying invitations doesn’t make me any less of a crafter! I love to be creative and inspire others to craft their little hearts out, but its also important to remind everyone that DIY isn't always the most logical and/or cost effective option.
What do you all think about buying vs DIYing? Let me know in the comments below!
I am a 23-year-old crafter and baker from New Hampshire!