Budget Series | What You Should and Should Not DIY for Your Wedding

We are living in a generation where we think we can do it all, am I right? That is a huge assumption when we start planning our own wedding, but honestly, I'm not sure I know one bride who can do it all; let alone have the time and energy to do it all! I for one have no plans to DIY every aspect of my wedding, and that’s with years of experience. In this blog post we are going to discuss What You Should and Should Not DIY for your dream wedding. If you follow these tips, you’ll find that perfect balance between not breaking the bank and not breaking your neck!

3 Wedding Details to DIY

1. Wedding Welcome Bags

For those who are inviting a number of out of town guests it is nice to create a welcome bag for them to greet them at their hotel when they check in for the weekend! They don't have to be over the top, but just a few snacks, water, and maybe a itinerary of the weekend festivities. You can buy little canvas bags and make a Target run and be good to go; grab a could of your girlfriends to help stuff and create a fun afternoon out of it! 

2. Wedding Guest Favors

These can get really creative! I've seen homemade jam, olive oil, or even little spice or seed packets. It is all delicious, but also has a personal touch to it and very DIY-capable! If it's something that you and your fiancé love, then your guests will too! Just remember to start early - these are not the last-minute tasks you need to worry about on Wedding Day!

Photo by  Jordan Tickle

Photo by Jordan Tickle

. 3. Signage

Sure, you can hire people to take this on for you, but there are a lot of options for DIY-ing if you want to spend that money on other areas. Many signs are available as printable downloads, which you can print out at a local Fedex or Office Depot. A pretty frame can make all the difference if you know where to look - we like Michael’s (with coupons!), Goodwill, and Home Goods for large ones that don’t break the bank. If you want a more hand-written feel, use a pencil to trace before you ink (and check out our Wedding Signage Resource Guide if you want to take it to the next level).

3 Details You Shouldn't DIY

Photo by  Jenna Photo

Photo by Jenna Photo

1. Florals! 

Unless you're a florist then I would highly suggest hiring someone for your wedding florals. It seems so simple to gather and assemble your bouquet but when you have to have florals for each table, each bridesmaid, and boutonnières for each groomsmen, it can become a lot! Even if you're very particular about how you want them to look, you can share your thoughts with your florist. They love to hear your opinions, but they also love to be a part of your day and want to help you with your dream! 

2. Hair & Make-Up 

If I were a bride, the last thing I would want to do is my hair and make up (and not only because I such at both of those)! And even if you were blessed with beauty skills, the morning of your wedding day should feel easy and relaxed! To save money on hair and makeup, maybe have them be optional for your bridal party and they can choose whether or not they want to pay the artist (unlike brides, bridesmaids are allowed to DIY hair and makeup on the wedding day)! But, having your hair and make up done by a professional is highly recommended - just remember to do a trial if it’s offered!

3. Invitations

Okay, I may be biased here, but invitations are something people often underestimate. There are plenty of sites you can get affordable invitations if you are on a budget - try Minted.com for instance! However, DIY-ing them without a graphic design or printing background can be a headache you don’t want to take on. If you’re feeling a little crafty, some designers will let you do some assembly on your pieces to save money (no graphic design degree required).