As much as we believe in not overspending if you cannot afford it, some things really are non-negotiable and worth splurging on. Armed with tips from our brides, here are some common mistakes that DIY brides frequently make.
Why repeat mistakes that other brides have made? Besides searching for ideas from wedding websites and Pinterest, reading wedding guides and stories from other brides will help you anticipate and prepare for those easily overlooked items.
Be realistic about how much you can DIY, especially if you have a day job. Start early, begin with the main backdrop, and add more details when you have the time. Avoid leaving anything until the last week, just in case something else crops up.
Hire the most affordable vendors based on the quality you want. Research potential vendors and make sure their portfolio is legit. Hiring the wrong vendor could end up costing you more.
For some brides, the biggest problem is how to combine all the ideas out there in your wedding. Have a very clear picture of what you want – organise your ideas in Pinterest, but also have a folder with a clear colour theme and look. Make sure everything looks good together, if they don’t, remove some items. The more elements you combine, the higher the chance that you’ll end up creating a mess.
The greatest mistake a DIY bride can make is thinking that she will have the time to set up on the actual day. Hire a coordinator or get someone you trust to take over, preferably a month beforehand so that he/she has a clearer overview. Get family and friends to help out too!
As much as you should not over-worry, some things are better planned in advance, for example, a Plan B for outdoor weddings in case of rain, or extra tables and arrangements for unexpected guests.
There might be items that you need to buy or maybe even rent – for example, a vintage car – to complete the look. You’ll be surprised at how something like that will make your décor look so much more awesome. Making a DIY wedding bouquet is harder than you think, and we’ve seen many fall apart on the actual day. If you really want to, put something together for your bridesmaids, but make sure you test it out with real flowers in advance. Personally, we would opt for a professional florist, especially for the bridal bouquet.
Decide what you want, compare prices, and buy as many things as possible from the same place. It really doesn’t matter whether it’s pastel pink or blush pink, as long as you like it. There’s no point in walking from shop to shop just to compare different pinks; it will only wear you out. Also, don’t lose sleep over whether to pick chocolate or vanilla cupcakes. Buy whatever you want, and we promise your guests won’t make a fuss.
As weddings fall under personal use, you technically won’t be sued for copyright infringement if you print something off the web, but do bear in mind that most of the time, the quality of the images are too low to be used as a gigantic backdrop. Also, consider laser printing or waterproof inkjet ink if you are doing DIY prints for your dessert table or for an outdoor wedding.
This is not necessarily true. Get quotations for all the things you want and calculate your cost. Jars and building props are not exactly cheap, unless your husband-to-be is some kind of handyman.