There seems to be a lot of emphasis on online wedding planning/blogging/DIY sites to make your wedding (and sometimes your life!) be unique and different – and often cuttting edge.
The upside to this is that your likely to have a memorable wedding that you truly love. The downside, is that things are often difficult to source.
Often things that started out as being different and quirky (such as cake pops or photobooths) become a trend, and everyone jumps on board. And that’s ok, I’m not saying that you should only do things to be different, and by that point it’s easy to find suppliers. But when you’re the first person to think of it? Well then it’s darn hard.
I know I had to scrap a few of my earlier ideas (and oddly enough, which I’m glad I didn’t end up with) because it was just Too Hard. Finding large amounts of buttons at an affordable price? Almost impossible. Mason jars in Australia? Non-existent. Becoming a millionaire? Didn’t happen.
So what do you do when planning on the edge makes your plans impossible? I wish I had an answer for that. For me, I ended up changing things. For others, they’ve ended up going into the wedding planning business themselves and becoming suppliers of whatever it was they wanted. Others pay a fortune to make it happen.
But, since the end of the wedding I have discovered it’s not just wedding things that seem to be hard to source! I came across these super-cute Christmas decorations the other day:
And I loved them. I instantly decided to change my decoration approach for Christmas. Again. (I do this every year, even though every year I vow that I won’t). But they were too expensive to buy enough of, so I decided to DIY them.
I found a supplier of mdf shapes on ebay at a GREAT price, and all that was left to do was to source red polka dot paper. How hard could that be?
Apparently very hard. If I live in the UK it’s no worries – Handy Hippo has plenty of card at a fairly decent price – but shipping to Australia is over $50. Ouch.
If I wanted a different colour, I’d be fine. I can find pink and white polka dot paper, green and white, blue and white, black and white! But red and white, no way.
I’m still trying to find a way around this problem, and I’ll be sure to let you know if and when I do. But in the meantime, I wanted to let you know that if you’re finding it hard living life on the edge? Well then, I hear you.