Planning a wedding doesn't have to be stressful. We are here to help you every step of the way! On the first Wednesday of each month we will have a Wednesday's Wedding Tip that we will share to use while planning your wedding. As we said, we've seen some amazing things and some not so amazing things. Our eighth tip of this wedding planning series - To DIY or Not!
Planning your wedding day can be so exciting and handling some wedding tasks yourself can be a great way to personalize your event and save money. But you want to make sure you are balancing what you can and should not do, as it can start to make your wedding planning stressful and unenjoyable. Sometimes it actually makes more sense to not DIY. Don’t be intimidated by DIY projects, but also be realistic about what you can accomplish. If you can do it months in advance while you're watching TV, go for it. If it's time-sensitive or holds great value to you, don’t risk it. Here's a few ideas for things than you can DIY easily and a few things you should think about letting the professionals handle...
What to DIY
Invitations/Paper Products: It is easy to design and make high-quality wedding invitations yourself. There are six zillion ideas online and you can take what you like from each of them, make your shopping list and head to the craft store. One of my favorite online DIY Invitation sites is Basic Invite! The possibilities are endless for creating your own, unique, and professionally printed invitations, save the dates, wedding programs and more! You can use our special code below for a 30% discount on your entire order AND free shipping!
Decorative Table Centers: These really don’t have to be elaborate. In fact, the less fussy the better, there’s nothing worse than high table centres that stop people talking to one another across a table. Depending on the season you could buy pots of spring bulbs, lavender, daisies or winter berries in the local garden centre and put them into decorative holders.
Favors: Favors are something you can easily get ticked off your list long before your wedding day, provided you choose something non-perishable! Mini pots of jam or honey topped with pretty fabric and tied with ribbons will sit, safe and secure, for a few months before the big day. Flower seed packets, personalized glasses, and candy bars are other great favor ideas that can easily be done on your own!
What NOT to DIY
Your Dress: Seriously. Even if you’re a keen dressmaker it’s best to leave this one up to the professionals. You don’t want the stress of having to create a dress yourself. By all means choose a gown you love that flatters your best features, just don’t get busy with the sewing machine yourself!
The Entertainment: Have a band or a DJ and tell them exactly what you want and the atmosphere you want to create. But don’t leave all your music up to your trusty iPod or even a friend. A friend might say they’ll sort the music but get side tracked and in any case they’re almost certain to want to socialize themselves. And what if your equipment breaks down? So again, this is one best left to the professionals.
Photography: Maybe your second cousin took a couple of photography classes in college and offered to shoot your wedding, or maybe your best friend wants to test her new high-tech digital camera. Unless you're extremely strapped for money, hire a professional photographer instead. Photographing a wedding is a lot different than spending the day with your camera and having all the time in the world to get the perfect shot. It takes a lot of skill and technical know-how. Professional wedding photographers understand angles and lighting. They also know which shots to take, when to take them, and how to properly pose the couple. Your wedding photos will create memories for years to come, so don't risk being disappointed in the final results.
Hair and Makeup: On your wedding day, take advantage of the opportunity to get glammed up by a hair and makeup squad. A professional is especially helpful if you want a complicated hairstyle like a chignon, or if you aren't too confident with an eyeshadow brush. If you decide to create your own bridal look however, I recommend doing a trial run before the wedding, and have someone take photographs of the final result. You need more makeup to look natural in photographs than you think you do. Also keep in mind that since your hair and makeup are done merely hours before walking down the aisle, you won't have much time or resources to fix any beauty blunders.
Having been in the wedding industry for almost 10 years, and having been a bride myself, I can attest to all of these things. The last thing you want is to have a stressful wedding planning process. Sit down with your fiancé and really talk about what is important to you and where you want to make your investments count. If you need any recommendations for any vendors, we have a growing list of wonderful professionals for you to research! Just go to the Vendors page in the menu! If you have any advice for brides doing a DIY wedding, we'd love to hear it! Just comment below to impart all of your wedding DIY wisdom!
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