Should You Do a DIY Wedding or Not?
When you first get engaged you’re SUPER excited to start planning your wedding. Finally all the adorable wedding decor, wedding details, wedding dresses, and beautiful wedding photos that you pinned to your Pinterest board can be used for inspiration for your own wedding!
You can FINALLY start planning the wedding of your dreams that you’ve been planning since you were a little girl!!!
As you start to plan your own wedding, you’ll probably start thinking about whether or not you should DIY most of it yourself to save on time and money.
Do you save money, DIY most of it, and take the extra time to do all of it?
Do you DIY some of it, spend extra on others, and add only a little bit of time to your to do list to complete it?
Or do you hire it all done or buy it pre made so you don’t have to worry or stress over it?
Its a tough decision!
Today’s wedding tip covers this and gives some tips from my own personal experience as well.
So Should You Do a DIY Wedding or Not?
Reasons to Say Yes to a DIY Wedding
- Save some money along the way by doing some DIY crafts for your wedding.
- Have some fun with your bridal party and family while doing it!
- Great way to personalize your wedding and add in some personal touches.
Simple, Stress Free Ways to do a DIY Wedding:
- Party Favors
- Wedding Party Survival Kits
- Wedding Games
- Wedding Guest Sign In
- Photo Wall with photos from when you met and up to the day of the wedding.
- Generational Family Wedding Photos Display
Reasons to Say No to DIY’ing too Much for Your DIY Wedding:
- While DIY wedding crafts can save you money, they still take time, so don’t go overboard on the projects. You’ll find yourself overwhelmed with how many items you have to make, in addition to everything else on your wedding to-do list.
- Don’t stress yourself too much. Remember this should be a fun process, not a stressful one.
- You could have A LOT of things leftover after the wedding that you don’t know what to do with.
- Not everyone is super crafty so it might not turn out how you envisioned it or how you see it on Pinterest.
Wedding Details NOT to DIY:
- Wedding Photography
- Wedding Videography
- Wedding Florals
- Bouquets and boutonnieres
- Wedding Arch
- Ceremony Aisle
- Reception Florals
- Wedding Cake or Cupcakes
- Cake Table
- Desert Table
- Candy or Soda Bar
- Wedding Hair
- Wedding Make Up
- Save the Dates or Wedding Invitations
- Wedding Programs
- Engagement Album (Let your photographer do this! Quality trumps DIY.)
- Photo Booth
- Wedding Signage
- Wedding Veil
- Wedding Jewelry
My Own Personal DIY Wedding Experience
I’ve been a bride too so I understand the excitement of being able to create your own personal details for your wedding and wanting to save money. I get it.
But be sure to take into consideration what your DIY skills are, how much extra time you want to put into finding everything to put each piece together and actually taking the time to create it, and the added stress of it all.
Things I DIY’d for My DIY Wedding and Wished I Hadn’t:
- Wedding Videography
This is my NUMBER ONE regret. We opted to save money and have some family members video record parts of our wedding day for us. I’m very thankful they stepped up to help, however looking back at it I really wished I would’ve hired a professional wedding videographer.
A professional videographer would’ve had the knowledge and skills to really tell the story of our entire wedding day, captured all of the precious moments, and we would’ve been able to hear the words we spoke clearly.
- Wedding Florals
Since we opted to cut our wedding florals budget to accommodate for the wedding photographer we wanted we chose to do fake flowers and to DIY all of our centerpieces. Again looking back at how they look in comparison to real wedding flowers, I wish we would’ve done inexpensive real florals instead.
Though I don’t recommend spending half of your wedding budget on florals, I would look into finding a way to actually do it with REAL flowers, not fake florals.
- Ceremony Music
We completely DIY’d our ceremony music but we failed to communicate with our officiant and the person running the iPod and the speaker about when we wanted the music to start playing, how long to play it, and when to stop playing it.
My entrance song ended up being cut short by the officiant as soon as my parents and I had made it to the front of the alter instead of playing the song the entire way through since that song held so much meaning to my mom and I.
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