I’m working on a totally non-wedding related craft project,1 but it still makes me think about wedding things. Such is (engaged) life.
First: I am not great at crafting. It is too bad because I grew up in a craft-loving family. We had a dedicated Craft Closet in our house (for years I thought everyone had one of those) growing up. Child Robin went through Aileen’s Tacky Glue like Adult Robin goes through Diet Coke. At the tender age of eight I coined the term “Ouchie-degree burn” for the minor singes associated with hot glue gun use.
But somewhere along the way I lost those skills. Or maybe I’m just holding my final product to a higher standard than I did when I was in grade school? Maybe I just miss my mom telling me, “What a nice [insert thing made out of popsicle sticks and pipe cleaners]”
Second: crafts and cats don’t mix. We only have one room (well two if you count the restroom) the cats can be excluded from (we have an open floor plan downstairs and a cat door leading into the bedroom). And as soon as that door closes, the cats want IN. So all crafting must happen to a soundtrack of scratches and whines. Which, granted, is better than having green paw prints trailing around the house.
Third: I don’t know why people are always talking about crafty, do-it-yourself weddings as being budget-friendly. I found myself underestimating the cost of several craft ingredients. [Side note: Almost everything was at least 10% cheaper at JoAnn's Fabrics than at Michaels. I assume everything is cheaper on the Internet, also.] And you’ve also got to account for all the craft ingredients you buy that turn out to not be what you really need. Like, should I attach fake ferns to my dress with fishing line, fabric glue, or yes? I bought yes. If this were my wedding, that means I’d have to put yes into my budget, even if (as I hope I will be able to) can get by with just the fishing line. Maybe all the crafty brides, in addition to having much nicer finished products, have a better sense of what they need when they go to the store, and don’t sink as much cost into contingency craft items.
1I will be attending a Clue-themed party this weekend. I am going as the Conservatory. Collin is going as the Candlestick. Write your own dirty joke.