In this day and age of fairy tale weddings, the royals, the Kardashians and the most recently Petra, the daughter of Formula One boss billionaire Bernie Ecclestone, makes us stop and think. Realistically, for most of us, of having a star studded affair like the rich and famous is not very likely. But hey, we can all dream a little dream.
Weddings are the happiest of times and are intended for the bride and groom to launch their life together. Once the question has been popped, and answered in the affirmative, the first thoughts go to wedding planning. Each couple has different visions of their special day. But whatever they may be, all couples aim to put their individual mark on the day and want to make their wedding dreams come true.
The first step with all wedding planning is determining the budget. Most people I know don’t have the budget of a princess or billionaire. Which brings us to the $64,000 question; how do we have the wedding of our dreams without the budget of our dreams? And the answer is….. A DIY Wedding.
DIY Wedding Planning – Huh?
Although often applied to home renovations, DIY means “do it yourself”. A DIY wedding, in the most simplistic terms, is a do-it-yourself wedding. A wedding that involves a lot of time, energy, hard work and help from your family and friends. A DIY wedding offers every couple that doesn’t have a budget like the rich and famous, a fighting chance. A chance to have exactly what they’ve dreamed of. A chance to make their special day exactly that – a special day!
DIY weddings are definitely hard work and a plan must be laid out. When putting together the blueprint of the day, it is imperative to plan out every last detail of what needs to be done. This will ensure that no matter how small the details, the undertaking at hand can be accomplished.
DIY Wedding Planning – Some Tips….
There is a lot to think about and plan for with a DIY wedding. Here are a few tips to get you started.
Budget – First and foremost set a budget and stick to it. A budget is pointless if you have no intention of following it. So come up with a realistic and doable budget and follow it, obey it and cling to it. In the end you will be happy you did.
Invitations – This is a great area for DIY wedding couples to save money. There are countless websites that can help you create your perfect wedding invitation. There are all sorts of info available online to assist with the designing, creating and building of the picture perfect invitation. If the wedding is themed, invites are a great place to unveil your theme. Once you have determined the invitation layout, printing is a breeze. The DIY’ers can print the invitation themselves, or if the budget allows, get them professionally printed. Either way, you’re one step closer to the exact wedding you wanted.
Centerpieces – This is another perfect spot to save money. You can design floral or non-floral arrangements that can go from cool and laid-back to tasteful and classy, depending on your wants and choices. Don’t get stuck on a specific flower. Do your research, choose wisely and use what’s in bloom. Just doing that will save you a ton of money in the long run.
Wedding Favors – A wedding favor is a special way for the bride and groom to thank their guests for attending. The thought and creativeness that goes into selecting or making a wedding favor is what it’s all about. Guests will appreciate the DIY effort put forward by the bride and groom. A wedding favor can be edible or a take home memento. A reminder of the couple’s special day. An extremely popular wedding favor right now is handing out a package of seeds. Guests will always remember your extraordinary day just by glancing out at their garden. There are loads of websites out there that will help the crafty (or create the crafty) in you so you can make great DIY wedding favors without breaking the bank.
When planning a DIY wedding don’t forget to do your research. There are a lot of websites out there that can provide help at no charge. The first step, and possibly most important, is know your bottom line. Set your budget and stick to it! And ask for help. You can’t do it all by yourself and friends and family will be happy to help. So stop dreaming and start planning. So that your special day will be exactly that – special!