One of the benefits of using a Do It Yourself (DIY) approach to bridal planning, is it allows you to infuse your wedding with your own, unique personality. Clever brides (and their families) have been putting together gorgeous, hand crafted wedding materials for decades: dresses, table decorations, flowers, guest books and most especially wedding stationery.
However, in today's world, probably the most important reason to consider using a DIY approach is budget. Rather than the average $25-27,000 price tag, your costs will be a fraction of that. You can save literally thousands of dollars by thinking outside the "hire someone" box.
Here is a trend that may surprise you: brides on every area of the economic spectrum are doing it themselves. The reason is simple: the more input and effort you put into your wedding plans the more it will be a reflection of you and your groom. Your guests will appreciate the personal touch.
DIY Creates MemoriesInvite your bridesmaids, parents, in-laws, family and friends over for a for a wedding favor party. Assign each person something to do, such as tying on ribbons or placing the favors in pretty bags. Pour the wine and have a pre-wedding soiree. hether your team is making favors or addressing envelopes with calligraphy pens, sharing the load is a wonderful way to make memories.
To let the fun continue after the reception and honeymoon, invite your wedding party over for a scrapbooking get together. They will love helping you piece together pictures and mementos of your special day and honeymoon...and you will be thrilled with the results.
DIY Brings Out Your Creative SideThink you need to hire a wedding coordinator to take the lead on these ideas? Think again. Once you start looking into some of these ideas, you'll be surprised how quickly inspiration strikes!
For example, you may find the perfect wedding invitation, but wish it could be printed on sunshine yellow stationery instead of antique white. No problem, WeddingDNA allows you to do that. Want to sketch and design your own dress? We can show you how.
Use Your ContactsIf you have a cousin who is a gourmand, consider asking him to help make some of your reception food ahead of time and freezing it. If you're lucky enough to have a grandmother who sews, see if she's willing to work with you to create your own, custom wedding gown.
Ask around, you'll be surprised how many contacts you really have. Many will be delighted to help you with wedding projects; in fact, they will feel flattered and consider it a wedding gift. It takes a village to raise a child, but the same village can chip in and help with your DIY wedding.
Get Started Now!Worry not! You won't have to do it all yourself-- we have assembled articles, tips and helpful hints designed to help you navigate your way through the DIY waters.
And consider yourself warned: Doing it yourself is addictive. Once you see the possibilities for one element of your wedding, you'll want to do more and more and more. At WeddingDNA, we say go for it! Get started today, make your wedding truly special, unique...and one hundred percent you.