If you’re planning a wedding yourself (a wedding DIY), you may be looking for ways to save money but still include your personalized touch.
Believe it or not, wedding DIY’s can have a big impact on your wedding decorations and save you quite a bit of money.
However, a few projects are a little tougher than others, and what you thought to be a simple 1-2-3 knockout punch could easily become a full-time job.
So, here are a few tips to help you avoid wedding DIY overload and leave the big jobs for the pros to handle.
3 Wedding DIY’s You Can Do Yourself
Start with Your Ceremony Decor
Most ceremonies usually last less than an hour, so spending a lot of money on decor might seem like a wasted paycheck, especially if the venue is pretty on its own.
Instead, create a few hanging baskets or vases filled with local flowers or buy some candles from the Dollar Store and place them throughout the space.
Your Wedding Programs
If you have a computer and can type, I suggest you grab a few of your best pictures, do a quick online search and find a design you like to help get the creative juices flowing and get started creating your own programs.
For those of you who fell to much typing will hurt your fingers, maybe the church clerk will help you out. Give them a call.
Thank You Wedding Favors
A quick way to save some money is by creating your own personal wedding favors for your guest.
For example. You can go online to Amazon.com and buy a bunch of small items and create individual gift boxes. Not only will you save money, but you get to add your own personal touch.
DIY’s You Shouldn’t Do
Your Wedding Cake:
Let’s face it. You most likely won’t have the time to do your own wedding cake. But let’s say you did. One missed tablespoon of brown sugar or one misspelled word can spell a wedding cake disaster that’s hard to fix.
Sure, it’s less expensive to buy a few boxes of cake mix and do it yourself, but do you want a quality cake or something to snack on at home?
When it comes to your wedding cake, its best left to someone with the knowledge and skills of how to handle your masterpiece and deliver without damaging.
Pictures will be one of the tangible things you’ll have to help you remember your wedding.
Sure, the family may offer to take pictures, but what if they get distracted and miss the moment.
If it’s important that you have quality photos and possible hundreds of pictures, hire a pro. You’ll be glad you did when you see the photos & your album.
You Invitations and Save-the-Dates:
Your save-the-dates and invitations are your first opportunity to give your guests a taste of what they can expect during your celebration.
While you might think you can easily create a suite by yourself with some stock paper, the pros (like Minted or Shutterfly) have the resources to pull it off much more impeccably than you likely would be able to at home.
If you want to impress your guest, your save-the-dates and wedding invitations are your fist opportunity to give them a taste of what to expect during your celebration.
You may able to design, create and print hundreds of invitations, but the quality most likely won’t compare with the pros.
Your Hair and Makeup
Unless you’re knowledgeable about beauty supplies, the last thing you want is for your hairpiece to fall out midway the ceremony on your wedding day. Leave your hair and makeup to the pros, you’ll be glad you did.
Catering on a large scale can be a huge challenge, even for a culinary wizard. Besides, you’ll be under hard pressure to make sure the food is delivered properly and you’ll need to hire staff to serve your guest.
Your centerpiece sets the tone for the reception. With the help of a florist, you can create a sophisticated are fun set up that will wow your guest from beginning to the end.
Your Wedding Day Schedule
You’ve planned and organized every detail of your wedding day down the minute. So, why shouldn’t you be in charge of making sure everything goes as planned? Because you won’t be able to relax and enjoy the day.
While you’re getting pampered, your wedding coordinator is making sure everything is set up and taking care of all crisis, if any should occur.
Will a wedding coordinator cost a little extra? Yes, but you will be rewarded with a piece of mind.
It’s tempting to rock out to your favorite tunes, and you might think it’s easy to do so with an iPhone.
Not quite. You’ll be limited to the music that you love as a couple, not necessarily what everyone else will like, and you’ll be stuck with the pre-made playlist.
Music pros are trained to read the dance floor. They can speed it up or slow it down so your guests are footloose into the wee hours.
Let’s Wrap It Up
If you’re planning a wedding DIY, you can save quite-a-bit of money doing your ceremony decor, wedding programs and thank you wedding favors.
In addition, saving a ton of money, you get a chance to personalize your wedding ceremony, thank you gifts, and programs to make it yours.
On-the-other-hand, there are a few things you shouldn’t do.
For example, your wedding cake, photos, makeup & hair, music, catering, centerpiece, and the schedule for your wedding day.
Having a wedding cake delivered with a misspelled word are you forgot to add the brown sugar is a disaster you don’t want on your wedding day.