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5 Wedding Preparations You Should and Shouldn’t DIY

by Katie Tejada 9 months ago in ceremony and reception
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DIY weddings give you full control over the planning process, which can be both a blessing and a burden. What few resources will tell you when you’re coming up with your DIY wedding plans is the fact that not all aspects of your wedding should be handled alone. So, which preparations should and shouldn’t be done yourself? To better illustrate how to plan out the DIY wedding of your dreams, here are five wedding preparations you should and shouldn’t DIY.

1. DO Think About Hosting Your Wedding in Your Own Backyard

Rather than enlisting the help of a wedding planner to figure out the perfect place for your vows, you should consider throwing a DIY wedding right in your own backyard. Backyard weddings are all the rage during the COVID-19 pandemic, as they serve to help you stay within your budget while still offering that charm and comfort that every bride wants.

Additionally, you can have a more intimate ceremony and reception, all in an environment that you’re familiar with and have full control over. If you’re looking for something charming without being over-the-top, there’s a reason why more and more people are deciding to host their dream weddings in their backyards!

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2. DON’T Try to DIY Your Own Wedding Dress

Finding a wedding dress is a complex process—and for good reason. You have to have several fittings to find a designer that you love and get a dress that you want to wear on your wedding day. Then, you have to make alterations before the big day to make sure that your dress fits as expected when it comes time for you to walk down that aisle.

If you try to do this all on your own while managing the other aspects of your wedding, it can be easy to think you have a handle on everything and run out of time. Instead, enlist the help of a professional who can help you find the right bridal wear. This way, you don’t have to worry about not having a finished dress on time or having a dress that still needs to be altered for a wedding that’s right around the corner.

3. DO Find Ways to Make Beautiful Decorations for Your Wedding Space

DIY decorations are fun to make, typically affordable, and help you get the ideal look and feel that you’re going for when you host your wedding. Whether you’re planning a winter wedding or a festive floral summer celebration, there are so many great ideas out there to inspire you and help you wow your guests. Even better, you can order wholesale wedding decorations to save on bulk items and customize them once you get your shipment in.

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4. DON’T Try to Make All of the Food for Your Guests

There are certain elements of a wedding that are easy to tackle with your wedding party and those that would be time-consuming and stressful. Trying to cater your own wedding falls into the latter category. Hiring a caterer for your wedding is a must if you want to make sure that everyone can meet their dietary requirements and get the quality of food that they expect from your event. The last thing you want to do is find yourself in the kitchen on your big day.

5. DO Tackle Post-Wedding Events Like Your Honeymoon

Some may not consider their honeymoon to be an important part of their wedding planning. However, if you’re taking this on yourself and you anticipate taking time off after the wedding to go on vacation, it should be an essential component of your DIY wedding planning. Whether there’s somewhere in the country you’ve always wanted to visit or you want to take a budget destination honeymoon, now is the time to make some reservations for you and your spouse-to-be!

Having Your Own DIY Wedding Is More Than Possible (With Help, Of Course)

Like any DIY project, knowing what your strengths are and what you will need some help with will make all the difference in how the course of your wedding plays out. If you’ve been inspired by DIY wedding ideas but want to make sure that you don’t experience any of the issues other brides have faced while planning out their own wedding, use the five wedding preparations above to better understand what you should take on by yourself and what you should delegate to your wedding party or wedding professionals.

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Katie Tejada

Katie Tejada is a writer, editor, and former HR professional. She enjoys writing about events, travel, decorating trends, and innovations for the home, but also covers business, recruiting, real estate, finance, law, and investing.

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  • Heise Chafetz2 months ago

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  • washington ardenia2 months ago

    Well written

  • Lost in Writing6 months ago

    Great article! Here my own experience in weddings (and luckily just a few funerals). Some brides get tangled up in the glamour of having the greatest, biggest, most luxurious, better-than-the-others wedding. In the end, they spend over $50,000 that could have had a better purpose and end up divorced within a year or five. I know of people who spent over $50K in a dream wedding, only to divorce within 2 years. Weddings should be planned with the heart. There is no need to make business owners rich at the expense of your own ruin. I think we spent about $3,000 in a wedding for 50 people at a decent hotel with great catering. We spent no money on flowers that were going to wither in a few days. One must remember that in the end, no matter how much you spend, there is always going to be a group of people complaining about this or that. The food is for eating and the cake too! At our wedding everybody left with a full stomach and a piece of the wedding cake. Four days later we were on a plane to Punta Cana for our GREAT honeymoon at the RIU Palace. If we had wasted all the money in wedding preparations, we would probably be regretting not having enough money for OUR honeymoon. In the end, all attendants WILL forget the wedding and ALL you will have is the memories of your honeymoon. We had a simple wedding, a great honeymoon and 9 years down the line, we are still married and strong. Marriage is not about material things, I guess that is what many people forget.

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