THANKS IN LARGE PART TO PINTEREST, DO-IT-YOURSELF WEDDINGS ARE ALL THE RAGE. SOME PEOPLE HAVE THAT CRAFTY TALENT AND CAN DIY ALMOST THEIR ENTIRE WEDDING WHILE OTHERS, NOT SO MUCH. HOWEVER, NO MATTER WHAT YOUR LEVEL OF TALENT MAY BE, THERE ARE JUST SOME THINGS THAT SHOULD BE LEFT TO THE PROFESSIONALS. TODAY, WE DISCUSS DIY WEDDINGS AND WHERE YOU SHOULD BE A LITTLE MORE HANDS-OFF THAN HANDS-ON. Let’s go!
Let’s start with…
1. The Cake
First, ask yourself: “Do I know what fondant is and can I use it?” Unless you’ve made wedding cakes before, you may want to step away from the buttercream and leave this one up to the professional bakers. Those how-to tutorials may make it look like creating a cake is easy as one-two-three, but let us tell you by experience, it’s not. And we’re sure your Aunt Ruth is such a great baker and brings those delicious cookies every Christmas, but Aunt Ruth probably can’t create those sugar flowers you so desperately want. So if you’re looking for that beautiful and non-tilting cake, find a baker in your area. You’ll thank us later.
We know it’s super tempting to save a good chunk of money and have your friend that’s majoring in photography just take your photos during your day. Or save even more and have those cute disposable cameras at each table for everyone to use during the night. But please, PLEASE know that every dime you may drop for a good, reputable photographer is completely worth it. Not only do they know how to remove unsightly items from your images (who wants to see a salt and pepper shaker next to those gorgeous florals?), but they have the knowledge and skills to make sure every single detail pops like it should.
You may have the planning down solid with your amazingly detailed 3-ring binder, but who’s setting all this up? Talk to your venue coordinator (if you have one) to see what they include in their services. More often than not, their focus is on the venue itself (in-house food/beverage/staff if provided), not your other areas or items. If you need someone to set up your linens, place cards, DIY centerpieces, and more, make sure you hire a coordinator! Your poor mother, friend, or brother will not only thank you, but your day will go on without a worry and you can all enjoy it!
Stop and drop that iPod or mp3 player, because the main entertainment for the night can’t rest on one piece of technology. Not only do wedding bands and musicians know when and what to play, but they keep the party hoppin’ all night long. They serve as your entertainment and your host! So make sure you’re hiring someone who does weddings, not someone who only DJs at bars or clubs. They may have been amazing that one time with three drinks in your system, but that doesn’t mean they know how to handle your big day.
If you know florals are not your thing and you’re totally going DIY for this one, skip ahead. If not, it’s time to reconsider and find a florist that can work for you. We know florals can be a sizable chunk from your budget but they don’t have to be! Many florists do not have minimums and can work within your budget, no matter how small. They also can suggest flowers that are just as beautiful for less than you may think.
6. Hair and Make-up
You probably do your hair and make-up every day, so why pay someone to do it for you? The answer: because they know how to make you look gorgeous and make it last. You need your hair and make-up to stay in place for over six hours, all while dancing and eating in who knows what kind of weather. We promise that it’s worth every penny!
To be clear, this post is not to completely scare you away from a DIY wedding! There are so many aspects that you can save on and create not only budget friendly things, but beautiful ones that make an impression and are reflective of you and your sweetie. We have faith that you can find your inner Martha Stewart and craft away that wedding you’ve always dreamed of, but maybe reconsider the above aspects. Good luck!