Having a DIY wedding can save a lot of hassle and money if you can plan it ahead of time and know what resources are available to you. Otherwise, a DIY Wedding disaster could be eminent and let’s face it, there’s enough that can go wrong. You don’t want to add to that list. But, here at VG Invites, we want to ensure that your special day will run smoothly.
Note: Make sure to check out the DIY checklist (PDF Download) at the end of this article to help you schedule your wedding planing activities.
WHAT SHOULDN’T I DIY?
Your Cake. There’s so much to during the few days leading up to your wedding. You don’t want to spend the night before (or the morning of) your wedding baking and decorating a multi-layer cake.
Your Photos. I can’t stress this enough. Your photographs will be one of the few things that you will take away from the actual reception and ceremony (other than a husband and some fancy jewelry). I know that you have family and friends that dabble in photography as a hobby. I do too. If I went next door, I’m sure my neighbors have some as well. However, nothing compares to professional wedding photography. If photography is high on your wedding priority list, you’re going to want to splurge on a great photographer.
Your Catering. Catering to a huge party is quite the undertaking and is an endeavor that you’re not going to want to take on as a bride. Not only do you have to worry about having enough food but also worrying about keeping it warm or cool, food allergies, serving the food, and having a support wait staff. Oh, forget about it… Caterers are trained for that kind of chaos.
WELL, WHAT CAN I DIY?
Your Wedding Favors. Wedding favors can be fairly simple depending on your theme. The most trouble will be running out of hands to help. I suggest hosting a “Favor Stuffing Party”. Grab some munchies, maybe a wedding movie to play in the background, and have your wedding party over to help stuff favors. It is a great time to get reacquainted with everyone and introduce one another - if your best friend has never met your husband’s cousin’s wife’s sister…
Don’t be afraid to get really creative with your ideas too. Don’t just fall back on the whole candy bar idea - though it is a time saver because you don’t have to stuff anything! For example, if you’re going to have a beach wedding, have the favors in tiny pails and stuff them with sunscreen samples, and personalized beach toys.
Your Invites, Programs, and other Wedding Papers. VG Invites can help you save money on your announcements, invitations, proposals, programs, wedding reception papers and other paper crafts with two different types of services. Victoria is able to customize these files (invites, announcements, proposals, or programs) for you. After which, you can print it out at home, take it to a professional printer, or your local mailing/packaging/office supply store. The other option is to download designed templates from her DIY Divas section so that you can add your own wording. With more than 40 designs to choose from, and new designs added weekly, you are sure to find something that suites your wedding theme. Victoria also offers extra customization for color changes. Depending on your situation, you may lean one way or the other because of time or financial constraints.
VG Invites also offers FREE downloadable wedding papers in her Just For You section of her website to help you.
Your Own Make-Up and Hair. You know what colors of make-up work best for your complexion. If you’re confident in your make up skills, I suggest doing your own make up. Hair - on the other hand - is a toss-up. If you’re going to be outdoors, you’re going to want your hair to stay in place during a freak windstorm. If you’re going to be indoors the entire time, you can probably afford to do your own hair in a simple up-do, especially if you’re going to have a veil on the entire time anyway.
Your Décor. Décor is another one of those social potluck ideas for your wedding party. You can make anything from garland, string up lights, or draw personalized backdrops. You can also create centerpieces, and aisle markers. While it can take some time to learn about floral arrangement, if you have the time for a class, this can save you hundreds in the long run. Utilize websites like Pinterest and the various ideas on VG Invites to help spark creativity for DIY décor. Check out the sales at your local craft store also. Some craft stores have cheap classes for floral arrangement, sewing, beading, and other crafts.
Your Music. There is mixed opinions on doing your own music. One great option is to include a card in your invitations inviting guests to request a song to play during the reception. This will ensure that each guest gets to hear something that they like and will help make sure that the playlist is as eclectic as your friends and family. Don’t forget to throw in songs that have meaning to you and your new husband.
In the end remember that your wedding shouldn’t be stressful but should be a fun celebration of your love for one another. Don’t get caught up in the small details that no one will end up remembers anyway. When guests walk away from a wedding they always remember at least one of these things:
Lastly, I want to emphasize the fact that not everything will go according to plan. In fact, those little things that don’t go according to plan will end up being the quirky things that everyone thinks was so adorable.
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Victoria is a successful wedding invitation designer in Palm Beach County, located in Jupiter, Southern Florida and serving brides-to-be nation wide.