What you Should and Shouldn’t DIY for Your Wedding


Do you plan to DIY for your wedding to save money? There are some things you should consider outsourcing instead. Here's what you should & shouldn't DIY.When planning an amazing wedding on a budget, opting to DIY anything and everything sounds like a great idea to save money.

Instead of having to pay someone to do simple things, you can save money by doing them yourself if you have the time and skills.

DIY for your wedding allows you the opportunity to customize some of your favorite features and add your own personality and sense of style to your event, too.

On the flipside, DIY may not be the best solution if you don’t consider yourself a crafty person or don’t have much time to spare.

Depending on how much you value your time, you may be more in favor of paying someone for a product or service in order to gain peace-of-mind and open up your schedule to take care of other responsibilities.

With that being said, there are different things you should and shouldn’t consider DIYing for your wedding even if it does save money.

Do DIY your Decor and Centerpieces

If you have a lot of ideas for decor at your ceremony and reception, feel free to take a stab at decorating yourself. Hanging fabric on a pergola or at the altar and positioning flowers for your ceremony is not that difficult to do. You just need a few basic supplies and perhaps help from a friend or family member.

When it comes to your centerpieces, if your venue doesn’t include table centerpieces in the price of your reception, you should definitely try creating your own. Use Pinterest for unique centerpiece ideas and consider reflecting the theme of your wedding in the final product.

For example, if you have a beach themed wedding, it may be neat to pick up some wide vases or plastic fish bowls and fill it with store-bought sand and fake seashells. Couples have done everything from placing silk flowers in a mason jar with a colored ribbon tied neatly around it to using floating candles in tall vases.

You can pick up silk flowers and vases from your local dollar store. If you choose to include fresh flowers, just know that you’ll probably spend a lot more when artificial flowers will just look as nice.

Don’t DIY your Cake

It may sound fun, but unless you are an experienced baker or cake decorator and have the patience to prepare an enormous cake, try to stay away from the idea of making your own wedding cake. This is something you can leave to a professional baker.

Not only is it a huge challenge to bake and decorate a wedding cake, but it’s also risky to transport it and set it up for display if you don’t have the proper materials. This is an extra headache and potentially stressful situation you don’t want to deal with on your wedding day.

If you want to save money on your wedding cake, try purchasing one at your local grocery store, choosing a simple design with one flavor, or ordering cupcakes instead.

Do create your Bouquets

You don’t need a florist to create beautiful wedding bouquets. You can research your favorite types of flowers and look at sample bouquets online to get a good idea of what you’d like to have at your wedding.

Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, you can place a wholesale order online on sites like Afloral.com or FiftyFlowers.com, or talk to the floral department at your local grocery store to assist you with ordering flowers.

In more recent years, brides are straying away from the traditional wedding bouquet because flowers are pretty expensive, delicate, and don’t last long. Alternative options like bouquets with paper and silk flowers are becoming more and more popular.

You can always pick up supplies at a local crafts store to create artificial bouquets and pull up tutorials on YouTube. Another benefit of using artificial flowers is that you can start creating your bouquets well in advance and on your own time schedule since you won’t have to worry about dealing with delicate short-lived real flowers.

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Don’t DIY your Wedding Attire

When I got engaged, someone in my family actually recommended that my younger sister design and sew my wedding dress. My sister has a sewing machine and takes design classes, and while I’m sure it would have been an honor for her to create my dress, I didn’t want to put that kind of pressure on her.

I have no idea how long it takes to create a custom wedding dress and what all goes into it. Plus, I wouldn’t expect it for free. If you are a clothing designer, you might want to consider making your own attire for your wedding if the date is far enough away. But if you aren’t, I’d highly recommend just going to the store and purchasing your wedding attire or renting it.

If you’re thinking of having someone custom make your wedding dress, that may be more expensive than choosing one from the store because you’ll have to compensate the designer for all the time spent creating your dress from scratch.

Do DIY your Invitations and Programs

Invitations, programs, and save-the-dates should not be super expensive, in my opinion. If they are, you might want to make your own. With so many advanced programs and online tools these days (some of which are free), you shouldn’t have a problem organizing your documents and choosing graphics and colors as long as you are computer savvy.

Some paper and printing stores even offer DIY kits which allow you to customize and print your own invitations and programs for much less than it would be to outsource that task.

Once you finalize all your information and choose a design, the rest of the work required to print and make copies will be easy.

Don’t DIY Photography

Once your wedding is over, you should have some high quality photos left over to cherish. DIYing photography at your wedding is a bad idea because if you don’t have the proper equipment, your photos may not turn out great.

Plus, it would be too much for you or one of your guests to focus on snapping photos the entire night instead of living in the moment and enjoying the event.

Professional photographers often provide hundreds of great shots with high resolution. However, if you don’t want to pay $1,000 for photos of your wedding day, try asking around to see if anyone knows a student photographer, or put an ad out at your local college campus for a reliable photographer who has good equipment.

Consider the Trade-off Between your Money and Time

While there’s no doubt that DIY can help you save money, it may force you to lose out on some of your time or deal with the stress and pressure of trying to create something you don’t have much experience with.

When deciding whether or not to DIY something for your wedding, consider the trade-off between your time and how much money you will actually save.

To DIY, you do need to spend money on supplies and other materials. If the task is simple and not time consuming, it may be worth it. The ultimate judgement call is up to you, but remember, you want to make your overall wedding experience as enjoyable as possible.

Do you plan to DIY any parts of your wedding? What are you going to make yourself, and what are you going to hire out? Are you completely against DIY for your wedding?