DIY Wedding Tips
DIY Wedding Tips: What To Do Yourself and What to Get a Little Help On
When it comes to weddings, DIY used to mean a couple was trying to save a few bucks and was willing to skimp here and there to accomplish that. They may have been cool with their dad’s grilling burgers instead of hiring a caterer, for instance. Or with a bunch of booze bought at Costco and set up as a makeshift “help yourself” bar. It was almost always about sticking to a budget, though, and not much else.
And then, Pinterest came along. And suddenly, the DIY wedding became more about showing off all your crafty skills and creating a wedding that was truly unique to you and your vision. Which, for the record, is something I am all about! So if a bride has a vision for her centerpieces, for instance, and the time and talent to craft those all herself—I say all power to her! And if the groom is extra passionate about baking, and pretty confident in his skills with pastry decorating, there’s absolutely something to be said for being able to tell your guests that you made your own cake. Go for it!
But, there are some areas where even the craftiest and most creative bride or groom should probably still consider hiring a professional. No matter how DIY you are, handing over the reigns in these areas so that you can still enjoy your big day is probably a good idea.
The Wedding Planner
Does every wedding need a wedding planner? No, of course not. Couples have been getting married for ages without this extra set of hands. But if your wedding is going include 100 or more guests, hiring a wedding planner can be one of the best things you do for yourself. Even for the DIY bride, there are tiny little details and arrangements a quality wedding planner can handle that you might not even have thought of yourself. And as the big day approaches, having someone on your side that can help you to achieve your vision is priceless. So go ahead, make your own tablecloths—but think about hiring a planner who will ensure they are all draping the tables just so.
It’s a mistake to think you can just conjure up a wedding playlist and attach it to a speaker for your big day. No matter how into music you are, you can’t possibly assess the mood of the room ahead of time and know what to include where on that playlist. Not to mention, whose going to be in charge of stopping and starting the music, or queuing up certain tunes, at various points throughout the evening? You can DIY all you want right up to the moment you prepare to walk down the aisle. But after that, you want to be off the clock and enjoying your wedding day—not manning the music or handling any other day of tasks. A DJ or a band is just a good investment in keeping the party going, so that you don’t have to worry about it.
Yes, I am a photographer, so this may come off as slightly biased, but I cannot stress this one point enough; you need a professional to photograph your big day. I’m telling you, I have spoken to brides who have chosen to let a friend photograph their wedding, or who thought providing all the guests with disposable cameras was a surefire way to get the pictures they wanted. And they always (ALWAYS) express regret after the fact, wishing they had just invested in a professional instead. Those are moments, and images, you can’t ever get back. Go with a professional on this one; then trust them to capture all your beautifully crafted DIY details!