(Closed) How do you avoid comparing yourself to perfection?

posted 11 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

My friend D’s bridal shower involved the BM’s creating all the center pieces. Unfortunately none of us had done flower arranging before.  D cared about them looking perfect so ultimately we did thinks like de-thorn roses, and cut stems, and she arranged the pieces. 

I think you can ask your friends to help, but then give them foolproof tasks so that they don’t feel annoyed that you are demanding “impossible” levels of perfection and you don’t feel annoyed that they aren’t delivering things on the level  you would like.  Seemed to work for us 🙂

Post # 4
6571 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

i also did most of my diy stuff by myself, but mainly because i had the time to do it (wasn’t working during planning) so i didn’t want to bother people who were working and make them spend their time doing my wedding stuff. i did get help from my mom for my cookies for our favors though, because that’s way too big of a task for anybody to do alone. at first i wanted perfection, and i had an idea of what i wanted them to look like. my mom had another idea, and was decorating them a completely different way. i also am terrified of being a “bridezilla” so i just let her go, after all she was being a huge help to me and they’re only cookies. well they turned out soooo cute! sometimes it’s good to have other people help you, they bring different ideas to the table that you never would have thought of.

Post # 5
3997 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I haven’t included friends on any DIY projects.  I’m sure they’d try to find time to help.  And I’d love to have all the girls get together and have fun.  But schedules are hard to work around.  So its ended up being fun projects to do with the Fiance.  He ends up feeling involved.  I just have to have a glass of wine available because he’s not too crafty, so he needs a remedial demonstration and it can get frustrating!  Lol.  But at least he’s willing to try! 


Post # 6
1752 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I too feel like my weddin gisn’t “good enough” and I don’t know if there is a way to stop thinking that.

I am going to try to start focusing on how to make the wedding more about me and my fiance, and not worry about how much we spent, or how big the centerpieces are… It’s REALLY hard to do though.  You just want everything to be perfect.

But honestly, if I were given 50,000 for my wedding right now… 2.75 months before the big day… I’m pretty sure I’d just put it in the bank…

Post # 7
3761 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I am only having friends help to “bounce ideas off of” or something that I know they can handle (dethorning roses, gluing pieces together, etc).  That way there is no pressure on them to be perfect and you don’t have to try to control your temper when they mess it up or do it totally different than you wanted it.

Post # 8
2702 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

i haven’t had a chance to tell my bm’s or friends about DIY wedding projects, because besides the ideas and buying supplies, i haven’t even found time to do them yet!

one of these days i’m going to have them over for some wine, chick flicks, and paper pomming 🙂

Post # 10
359 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

All of the online bridal info/ideas/everything can definitely get to you – but you have to remember that your guests havent spent the last year reading through page after page of wedding ideas…I’m sure your wedding will be unique and beautiful to your guests!

As far as hiding your first 10-20 mistakes on a DIY project, why not make those mistakes with your DIY helpers? that way when everyones first 10 paper flowers dont work out, they will know you had to toss yours too. Figuring it out together & having several people trying to find the best way seems like a better process than having you go it alone (your friends may surprise you and end up giving you tips too).

As far as whether you should invite friends to help  – you can always ask if they are interested in helping or even ask if they have any special crafting skills (so you can pick projects accordingly), but be sure to give them an easy out if they’re not interested or not the DIY type. Just tell them about the project and what day you’re thinking of tackling it, that way if they dont want to help, then they can just say that the day doesnt work without worrying about offending you. Or if they act super excited about helping, but the day really doesnt work, you can figure out another day after you know their reaction to helping you.

If you make the craft day a fun time (music, chatting, maybe drinks), then even if the project doesnt work out, it wont be a waste to your friends. It’s just a different social activity than usual!

Of course, if someone offers to help and they are not in the wedding party – take them up on it. Make sure you express how grateful you are for their help (just a heart-felt thank you would be needed) and it lets them be a part of a very special event in your life!

When you’re feeling overwhelmed, try to think of real weddings you have been to, rather than the magnificent weddings on tv and in magazines. Picture being a guest at the wedding you’re planning – I’m sure you wouldnt be let down or disappointed if a friend invited you to a comparable wedding. Also, ask yourself whether a guest will remember how your napkins were folded in 10 years? The details are easy to forget, but the love, friendship and celebration of the day make for wonderful memories.

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