The hottest wedding trend right now is a Do It Yourself (DIY) Wedding. The pandemic has wholly thrown our worlds upside down, with so many weddings being pushed back constantly to ensure the safety of guests, but also so that couples can really celebrate this joyous occasion the way they have always planned to.
We understand that you may want to have a DIY wedding - perhaps you are operating with a tight wedding planning budget, or maybe you love all of the DIY possibilities entirely. Whatever your reasoning may be, it is possible to plan the wedding of your dreams on your own.
So, where to begin? We've got you covered with our top 5 tips. Just remember to keep one very significant thing in mind: Have some fun! It is your wedding, after all.
1: Set Your Wedding DIY Budget
It’s crucial to set a realistic wedding DIY budget as this is the driving factor for many of your wedding decisions; thus, it should be the first and most important thing to tick off the list. If you are lucky enough to have family help out with cash toward your wedding, talk with them to understand what they are comfortable with spending.
If you and your significant other are footing the bill, it’s crucial to have a hard look at your budget and decide what you are willing to spend on various things. Our advice would be to create a list of all the things you want to be included in your wedding and place it from top to lowest requirements. It is crucial to sit down doing this as many couples get into quite a pickle as they don’t realise the costs' full scope. Yes, those sneaky costs creep in, even if you are DIYing. Once you have your budget sorted, the rest is easy!
2: List Your Wedding Day Priorities
It's best to sit together to determine what the three most important aspects of your wedding will be - are the venue and date a no-negotiation requirement? Do you have a specific photographer in mind or a band that you really want? You need to prioritise those details that you aren't willing to compromise and then fit in the rest. By doing this, you will stay within budget and understand what you can spend on the wedding's other aspects.
3: Get Organised
Organising should be an Olympic event! Yes, it’s a chore; however, it will save you all the last-minute trouble that you just have not prepared for. You should create checklists, spreadsheets, or anything really that you feel will help with collaboration. We suggest using Google sheets to ensure you don’t lose anything through crashes or unsaved exits. There are also many free wedding online checklists that you can download or save to your drive to help you if you are stumped. So much has been created online for DIYers that planning your wedding from scratch is as easy as 1,2,3!
4: Select a Theme
This is the fun part about DIYing weddings - selecting a theme! You can go absolutely crazy with this one, from colours to seasonal inspiration and trends; whatever your choice, you can create the most beautiful visual experience through themes. Our wedding DIY range has exactly what you need to complete the look, from place cards to wedding signs, you name it, we have it! And if you cannot find something, reach out to us, and we will see exactly how best we can accommodate you. Once you have an aesthetic in mind, it’s so much easier to plan everything else, including the music!
5: DIY Strategically
Last but not least, DIY strategically. What do we mean by that? Well, DIY wedding decor can be a great personalised touch that is too more cost-effective; however, don’t go overboard! You don’t want to end up with more work than you could have imagined! Our DIY wedding section has some fantastic ready-to-use items, along with things that are quick and easy projects. You can do many of the DIY projects in advance, thus alleviating your decor stresses - you can create little mockups to style your event. For things like wedding day florals or food, professional help is best.
If we could offer more advice, we would suggest, for the sake of your own sanity, make sure you schedule some time for you and your partner to just be together and do anything but wedding planning. Trust us; you’ll need the break! Good luck and happy wedding planning!