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DIY Wedding – Good Idea, or Fuggedaboudit?

November 11, 2015  •  1 Comment

DIY Wedding – Good Idea, or Fuggedaboudit?


With the high cost of weddings these days, more and more couples are choosing the DIY route, at least in part. But can you really do it yourself and have a memorable wedding without breaking the bank? You can, if you’re prepared to put your nose to the grindstone and look after some of the details yourself. Of course it’s easy to get bogged down if you try to do too much yourself, so with that in mind, here are six great tips for a DIY wedding that will save you money, and might even be fun!


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  1. Hire a Wedding Planner

I know, that sounds a bit counter-intuitive, but here’s the thing – you don’t need the planner for the duration. Just consulting a pro in the early stages can save you money in the long run, because they have access to all kinds of discounts that you don’t know about. They’re also a great source of ideas, and can even recommend DIY options that you may not have considered.



  1. Start With the Basics

The two things you need to consider right from the beginning are your budget and your guest list. You’re going to have to consider how much you’re going to spend on things like flowers, decorations, the dinner and reception, invitations and more. You may find that as you start to tally up the cost, your guest list might shrink proportionally, so decide from the get-go if you really need to have all the cousins on both sides of the family in attendance.



  1. Book the Venue Early

If you’re using a wedding planner, you don’t have to worry about booking the venue – he or she will do it for you. If you’re doing it yourself, though, decide on a venue and book right away. Many venues are booked a year or more in advance, and you don’t want to be disappointed. If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, make sure that you have alternate arrangements in place in case of inclement weather.


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  1. Make Your Own Invitations

There are all kinds of online sites that offer free templates for wedding invitations. Unless you’re inviting a hundred or more people, this can save you a lot of money in printing costs. Please resist the temptation to send invitations via email, though – it’s just tacky!




  1. The Wedding Dinner


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Is there really such a thing as a DIY wedding dinner? There can be, but make sure you handle it correctly. I know one bride who decided she could do a wedding dinner at no cost – she’d have a potluck! Her bridesmaids and the groomsmen, along with an assortment of relatives on either side, would each provide a dish. It was a great idea, but it failed in the execution – she ended up with a table loaded with Jell-o molds and potato salad, a slow cooker full of meatballs, and a selection of cold cuts. So if you’re going with a wedding potluck, make sure that you ask “Can you bring [insert name of dish here],” and record who’s bringing what.



  1. Plan Your Entertainment

There’s no reason why you can’t have Cousin Bob provide DJ service for your reception, provided he’s a pro. Otherwise, hire one.

One great trend in wedding entertainment these days is photo booths. They’ve come a long way from the booths of the past. Most now offer video capability, and a lot of fun props. Wedding photo booth rentals in the Napa area are affordable, and you can bet you’ll end up with a collection of fun shots that your regular wedding photographer won’t be able to capture.


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A Final Word

If you’re considering a DIY wedding, don’t let it overwhelm you. Do what you can, and leave the rest to the pros. Remember, your special day is a celebration of your love for each other – it’s not meant to be a stress-fest.



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