These days, even modest weddings can cost a pretty penny. Because of this, brides on a budget are turning more and more to DIY. And what better way to put your own personal stamp on your big day?
If you love to craft and have time to do it, DIY is a great idea. And with inspiration from Pinterest and Instagram, it’s easier than ever! But taking on too much yourself can lead to extra stress and worry, and there are some things that are always best left to the professionals.
So how do you decide which parts of your wedding to DIY and which to go professional? We’ve got a few suggestions you.
Centerpieces: Your centerpieces are the perfect place to show off your personality. Whether you want to go simple or elaborate, elegant or fun, putting together the right centerpieces is worth doing yourself. Get flowers from your florist, or go fake and arrange them in beautiful displays in a container of your choice. You could even choose to create a centerpiece with another element besides flowers. The possibilities are endless!
Stationary: Ordering your invitations, save the date cards and programs from a specialty store or vendor can be pretty expensive. But using a DIY kit or creating a design on your computer and printing it out can look just as nice. Go for a simple design that will fit in a standard envelope. You’ll still have to pay for postage, but why pay extra for a piece of paper that people are going to throw out eventually anyway?
Makeup: If you have even a basic knowledge of makeup, doing your own makeup for your wedding may be a good option if you’re looking for ways to save money. You’ll be able to use all your own products, and you’ll look like yourself, instead of an overly done-up version of yourself. If you’re worried, do a trial run beforehand for practice.
Cake: If you love to bake, it may be tempting to make your own wedding cake. But making and transporting a wedding cake can be difficult and add unnecessary stress to your big day. Better to let a professional take the job than to let one missed ingredient lead to a giant cake disaster. Plus, you’ll get the added benefit of having your cake skillfully decorated.
Photos: Your photos are an important part of capturing and remembering your big day. Though the photographer will definitely eat up a large chunk of your budget, it will be worth it. A professional photographer will be able to capture every moment, including the ones you and your guests miss. You can even have the photographer put together a high-quality album that you and your new hubby can look at for years to come.
Favors: Getting crafty with your wedding favors can be tempting, but letting a professional do the hard work for you will surely save you time and money. No matter what type of favor you’re looking for, there is an affordable and fun option out there, and all it takes is a few clicks of your mouse to get it. The peace of mind that comes with simply placing in order and knowing it will arrive on time and ready to be passed out to guests is sure to put you at ease.