DIY wedding planning doesn’t have to be difficult and it can save you a lot of money in the grand scheme of your wedding. Whether you are DIY-ing everything or just some parts of your wedding, here are seven awesome DIY wedding planning tips that are sure to inspire you:
1. Pick an unconventional location.
Picking a location that is off the beaten path can make your wedding a lot easier and a lot cheaper. While getting married in a national park might not be the right option for every bride and groom, those that want a beautiful natural space will revel in the ability to get married in a national park, and usually for free. Most national parks do require permits in order to hold events, but they are almost always free of charge, which makes them a great option for the bride who is both planning the entire ceremony herself and trying to stick to a budget. It’s hard to deny that a beautiful, flowy white dress will look crisp and beautiful against the backdrop of natural greens and browns.
2. Decorate your chairs.
Decorations on your chairs are a great way to round out your venue’s decoration, at a low cost, and without too much work. This is something your bridesmaids can be doing while the bride is getting into her dress. Tying lengths of ribbon around the backs of chairs, as long as those ribbons mirror the wedding colors, will ensure that even the chairs are on theme and they look great. Even just tying a loop around the top of the back of the chair and letting the ends of the ribbon flutter in the breeze can create an ethereal, unreal effect.
3. Make yourself a schedule.
For wedding planners taking the DIY route, you need to make yourself a schedule. Start from your wedding date and work backwards, giving yourself deadlines for the DIY projects you’ve taken on. If you don’t meet that deadline, it’s time to either scratch the project and get professional help or modify the project so that it can be done in time for the wedding. Too many brides and grooms try to take on too much as they are planning their weddings and end up tired and frustrated by the time the wedding day actually arrives. That’s not a good way to start a marriage. Be reasonable about how much time your projects are going to take and then stick to the schedule you’ve made for yourself.
4. Do your own makeup.
This might sound daunting—on the biggest day of your life, but with the abundance of YouTube tutorials and how-tos online, it seems a little silly to pay someone to do your wedding makeup, especially if you don’t want anything fancy or you are trying to save a little money. A makeup artist can run you hundreds of dollars and if you are running late on the day of your wedding, he or she may also charge you extra for making him or her wait. Doing your own makeup doesn’t have to be daunting. Look online for makeup that you like and then try out a couple of different looks before the big day so you can pick one that you can do with confidence on the day of. Alternatively, draft a bridesmaid who is especially skilled with a makeup brush to try out a couple of looks on you and then give her the task of doing your makeup day-of. Make sure to do a picture test of the makeup, too!
5. Make your own invitations.
With the wide variety of printable invitations available online, including custom-made ones you can order from websites like Etsy, why would you bother having custom-designed, printed, and embossed invitations, save the days, or programs made at a stationary story. This is going to be extremely expensive and you may still not actually get what you want at the end of the day. You can have some designed specifically for you and your wedding, and you don’t have to pay the high prices of printing! Many times, the designer or website will even tell you want type of paper to use so you can print the invites out on your own printer. Pick standard-sized invites, so you won’t have to pay extra to mail them!
6. Keep a checklist.
Planning a wedding requires a lot of things to fall into place at the right time. A schedule can be helpful when planning the actual planning and work of your wedding, but a checklist may be the only way to actually encourage yourself to get what you need to do done and to make sure that nothing is falling through the cracks. This is probably going to end up being a long list of things that you need to get done, but carrying around a long checklist that ensures you order your cake on the right date is much better than forgetting to order your cake until three days before.
7. Don’t be afraid to hire help.
Just because you are planning your wedding yourself doesn’t mean that you have to do everything yourself. In fact, there are going to be some tasks that are simply going to be beyond you. If the idea of making enough food to feed 140 people sounds ridiculous, hire a caterer. If you’re not sure how to even begin setting up a sound system, hire a DJ. This wedding may be do-it-yourself, but that doesn’t actually mean you have to be your own flower arranger, decorator, caterer, baker, and DJ.