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Why I don't DIY

January 8, 2013 - Liz Skoczylas
With just over four months til the big day (Four months and three days!) it's getting to be crunch time with wedding details.

I have our Save the Dates on my desk as I type this, ready to be addressed and sent out. According to all of the wedding etiquette websites, I've figured out that there is no good time to send Save the Dates. One told me 16 months to a year ahead of time would be ideal for sending the Save the Dates. Well, I wasn't even engaged 16 months OR 12 months before the big day. With 52 weeks in a year, we gave ourselves 51 weeks to plan a wedding. So, that was out. Other websites say three to eight months ahead of time, depending on your guests. Soooo, I figure the majority of our guests are in-town guests. Those who aren't already know all the details, so the Save the Date is really just a courtesy. The four-month mark seems good to me.

Since we are sending the Save the Dates, yes, that means we have actually pared down our guest list. There were only a few elbows thrown and a few tears shed, but we did it!

We have also booked our honeymoon! We went to a travel agent, because, well, I don't DIY, as you will read in just a second. With everything else we have going on, we figured it would be best to leave it to a professional, rather than try to figure out flights, connecting flights, hotels, transportation. Because, if I were to attempt all that, I would totally screw it up. We knew where we wanted to go, and Sue of The Travel Team in Lakewood got it all figured out for us. Let's just say we are looking forward to digging out our passports and getting a tan! And, of course, using up all of my vacation time for work!!!

And now... Why I don't DIY.

I attempted a DIY project.

And, it didn't go as planned.

It seriously was supposed to be the most simple thing in the world. I had a picture frame. And, I wanted to paint it one of our wedding colors. That's it. I figured I could handle it. Turns out, I can't.

I had the frame. I even took it apart before trying to paint it, so I wouldn't paint the glass. I had the spray paint. I put down newspapers. (Ok. I didn't put down newspapers. I didn't have any in my apartment. But, I had scrapbooking paper, so I put that down!) And, I spray painted in my garage, as opposed to, like, my dining room table or something silly. I really thought I had followed all the right steps!

Turns out, when I went to look at it later, the paint was all drippy and yuck. My dad said something about how it was too cold to spray paint, and that's why it didn't work. So, he took the frame to try to make it look better. I haven't seen the frame in about a week now, so I'm guessing it's in some serious Picture Frame ICU or something like that.

I'm actually proud I only decided to test out one frame, instead of trying to paint all of them at once and ending up with an even bigger disaster.

So, now my dad is working on that project, the DIY has been taken out of my hands.

Just imagine if I would've tried to book our honeymoon. I can't even spray paint a picture frame. We would've ended up in, like, Nebraska or something. And, I would've been all, "Where's the beach?" (Is there a beach in Nebraska?) So, the picture frame incident is why I don't DIY. I give myself an A for effort (Or is that E for effort?) but it was a huge fail.

The good news is, everything else is still looking okay!


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