Wedding DIY Do’s and Don’ts

Hello Lovelies,

Planning for your special day is exciting, but can be stressful as you try to create the wedding of your dreams without breaking the bank. We want you to save as much money as possible, which is why sometimes do-it-yourself projects can be the best way to get a lot of pretty, with only a little bit of money. If you are going to “DIY”, keep these six tips in mind before taking on your new project:

Photo Credit: Birds of A Feather Photography

1. Start your projects early and time your tasks accordingly. Don’t plan to finish all of your projects within the month of your wedding date! Make sure to give yourself deadlines ahead of time. We suggest spacing it out so you only have one project on your plate per month.

2. Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Know yourself, if you aren’t crafty don’t choose a complicated project. Stick to simple.

3. Compare Costs. Double check that making the item yourself is actually less expensive than buying it off of Etsy or having one of your vendors signed onto your wedding provide it.

4. Ask for help. It’s ok to ask for assistance from the people around you to make sure you get everything done in time!

5. Keep everything organized and well-packed (trust us on this one!).

6. Use good crafting products! Don’t just go cheap, you want your glue to stick and your art to stay put together.

Now onto the nitty-gritty. Here is our list of when it is best to DIY and when we suggest you turn to the pros.

Great Spots to DIY

Favors

You can easily craft your own party favors depending on what it is that you want to give away! We love these little blue boxes that you could buy yourself, then hot glue the red ribbon on top, and finally pop in a little treat to go with the wedding theme. Other great options include cute bags of coffee beans from a place you’ve traveled together, mini potted succulents, homemade jarred jam… the options of little goodies to gift your guests are endless!

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Signage

You can definitely write your own signs for your event when you own the board/sign. If you are renting the boards, mirrors or glass, we do not recommend trying to have yourself or anyone on your crew do artwork on your wedding day. This is definitely a “do in advance” kind of DIY project, not a “make it happen on the day of” (or night before) kind of thing.

Photo Credit: Ronca Productions

Place cards/seating assignments

These can also easily be crafted with some good handwriting and attention to detail! If you are having an outdoor wedding, make sure the names are heavy in weight or tethered down so that none of them fly away.

Photo Credit: Iris & Light

Pop-out details

Any little details that you want to add to your decorations and environment can be easily hand-crafted. Something we love to utilize are fanned pieces of paper as background decorations.

Photo Credit: Iris & Light

Photo Credit: Iris & Light

Times We Suggest You Don’t DIY

Flowers

Few friends or family are willing to Unless one of your bridesmaids or family members is a floral designer, we highly suggest you go with a professional to coordinate your blooms. Even if your friends or family are willing to help, they will also have to be ok knowing that they will be missing out on your special day to devote their time to your floral arrangements. Whether it is you or a friend, organizing the flowers will cost more time and energy than they are worth. They also often end up looking poorly displayed because they weren’t appropriately treated or stored. The worst part yet is that at the end of the event you will have to properly take down all of the decor and transport it. This leaves your loved ones staying long after the guests have already left to tear down the florals and drive them home in cars (yes, plural) brimming with your floral arrangements.

Photo Credit: Birds of A Feather Photography

DJ: Music & MC Services

Hiring a professional DJ is essential to the flow of your wedding. Even if you already know what you want them to play, having someone whose whole job is to guide your guests, feel out the crowd while dancing, and provide all the necessary equipment to keep your party moving is one of the best investments you can make to ensure the success of your party.

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Catering

Your food should always be served by a licensed, insured company to make sure your guests are served properly and to avoid any lawsuits!

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Hopefully, we saved you from a DIY disaster with our guidelines and suggestions. We want to hear from you, comment below with some of your favorite DIY wedding projects!

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