Bar Mitzvah planning or Bat Mitzvah planning is a constant balance between time, money and quality of the end product. It’s up to each individual family to rank the value of each of these factors and make a decision about how they want to proceed. There are a million ways you can save money from spending hours researching the most budget-friendly vendors to making your own favors or decor. Here are some questions to consider when making the decision.
How much time can you realistically devote to each Bar Mitzvah planning task?
What does your schedule look like and how much will your partner be able to help with the Bar Mitzvah planning? Will hiring a planner help to save you time researching and finding vendors in your preferred price point? Do you have the time to purchase supplies for and create 10+ centerpieces? (Tip: Think about the time it will take to make 1 decor item/centerpiece then multiply by the number you think you’ll need. Then add 10 minutes per item because it will take longer than you think!) Are these the things that you’ll want to spend your free time doing? Are you a procrastinator and will spend the month prior to the event stressed out of your mind?
What does your budget look like?
If you are on a tight budget, DIY may be your best option. However, you need to do your research because it is not always such a huge savings to DIY. Vendors purchase their supplies at wholesale rates and have the experience to work much faster than you can.
What will the quality of the end result be?
If you make your own centerpieces, will they look like you made your own centerpieces? If you hire the most budget DJ or photographer, will the end result scream that you cheaped out? Consider how important the quality of the end result will be to you and decide whether it is worth it to pay a bit more for a true professional.
Bar Mitzvah planning or Bat Mitzvah planning shouldn’t bankrupt you, but you also should decide how much to pay for convenience and quality. Sometimes the peace of mind in knowing that you have a quality product is worth it in the end.