Saving money by taking over some of the tasks for your wedding can be great; it can even work out really well as long as you have reasonable expectations. However, there are some wedding things you should not DIY, no matter how much money it might save you. A good measure to think about for DIY wedding projects is, can you do it in advance (preferably far in advance) and can you do it basically while you’re sitting at home. If you can answer yes to these, then by all means, take a stab at DIY wedding favors, save-the-date cards and welcome bags. However, if it’s something that needs to be completed just before or on the day of the wedding, you’d better think twice. You’re going to be awfully busy just then, and adding more to your to-do list could be disastrous. Here are a few things you shouldn’t DIY for your wedding.
1. Floral Arrangements & Wedding Bouquet
Floral arrangements are much more difficult to create than they appear, and while you’re trying to get it figured out, your flowers are probably in the process of wilting. If you’re lucky, you’ll have a day to get your flowers arranged correctly, but it could be as little as a few hours. Some things you should not DIY for your wedding and this is definitely one of them. Leave the flowers to the florist and save money by choosing local, in-season blooms for your wedding.
2. Your Coiffure
If your wedding hairstyle is anything other than something you are used to doing to your own hair, get a stylist. Among the things you should not DIY is your wedding day hairdo. Your wedding look is too important to leave to chance, so unless you’re going with your “usual” hairstyle, let a stylist worry about it.
3. Wedding Planning and Coordination
You might be the most organized bride ever and you might have every single detail of your wedding chosen, but trying to look after all the details while you’re supposed to be preparing to walk down the aisle can cause extra stress and increase the odds of something falling between the cracks. Your wedding planner would probably be the first to tell you that this is one of those things you should not DIY.
4. Wedding Photography
Your best friend’s cousin may be great at taking pictures with his digital camera, but you don’t want to trust your wedding photographs to an amateur. A professional will be able to help you plan your photos so that you have all the shots you want and can anticipate the next events so they’re always there to get the best pics.
5. A Final Word
There are definitely some great DIY ways to save money on your wedding, but before you take on too much, make sure you really want all the little details you’re considering.