Who says you can’t have it all? Your big day shouldn’t be a compromise; after all, this will be one of the most important moments of your life. Unfortunately, most things aren’t free, and pulling out all of the stops is costly.
Luckily, there are ways to organize the details on your own and still have a fabulous wedding. Here is our list of important guidelines to follow when planning a DIY wedding:
1) Start with the Big Picture
This might sound strange, but your wedding needs a blueprint. To successfully choose magnificent accents for your big day, you need to stick to a theme—and a great way to figure that out is with Pinterest boards. Try the following when you’re creating boards:
- Start following venues, bloggers, and searching popular keywords for inspiration.
- To narrow down what overall style or theme will be right for you, start with the most basic questions: Big or small? Outside or inside? Formal or informal?
- If you’re not sure which direction you want to go in right away, make multiple boards, one for each type of wedding you could have. You’ll probably find yourself gravitating to one board more than another.
- While pinning away, consider what’s realistic for your budget and where can you save.
Once you’ve got a basic idea, it’s time to start planning.
2) One Step at a Time
If you want to do your wedding yourself, you have to plan ahead. Procrastination will lead to feeling incredibly overwhelmed, but your wedding day is supposed to be relaxing and full of fun—so start your list of what you’ll be making yourself right away! Here are some of our suggestions for the items you should plan on making first:
- Save the Dates. Plan on sending 6 months from the wedding day.
- Wedding Invitations. Plan on sending 2 months from the wedding day.
- Start Collecting. If you’re using vintage materials, furniture, or other trendy items and want to save on money, start looking for sales and collecting materials at least 6 months before the big day.
- Table Arrangements. Start them at least 4 months ahead.
- Party Favors. Plan on putting these together about 2 months before your special day.
3) Practice Makes Perfect
Unfortunately, most things don’t turn out perfectly right from the start—particularly when it comes to DIY. Be sure to practice making the items ahead of time, allowing room for any errors or complications that may arise. Also, be realistic: if a great DIY project has pages of instructions or requires woodworking experience, you may want to reconsider.
Set all your practice items up together to make sure they fit your vision. If they don’t match and it’s going to stress you out on your big day, it’s better to find out months ahead of time instead of the day before.
4) Keep it Simple
Like all things in life, try not to overdo it. If you work a full-time job, don’t plan on creating every single item by yourself. See if any friends are willing to contribute some time and talent to help. Just be sure you are asking for help with something they enjoy doing, and plan the deadlines well ahead of time. It can actually be a lot of fun to have an informal get together or two for creating DIY wedding items with the help of your pals!
Here are some questions to ask to be sure you’re being realistic and avoiding overly complicated ideas:
- Can I do this myself? If not, is getting help realistic?
- Do I really need to have this item as part of my wedding?
- If I don’t include this detail, will my vision still work?
- Where can I downsize?
5) Do the Math
If you are under a strict wedding budget, do the numbers before getting your heart set on any DIY project. Often, things that once seemed inexpensive can add up when you multiply them by 20 or 100! Here are some suggestions for helping you be creative within your budget:
- Make a list of places you can get materials either cheap or free.
- Contact friends far ahead of the day to see if they can lend a hand.
- Add up the cost of absolute necessities such as the venue, food, and dress to see how much you can spend on embellishments & projects.
Get Started with This Idea Bank
Not sure where to get started with your DIY project? Check out some of these wonderful ideas:
Save the Dates & Invitations:
- If you’re thinking kraft paper and ink here is a classic rustic wedding invitation!
- Here is a great picture perfect idea for a luggage tag save the date card!
- Of course, Buzzfeed is always helpful!
- Embellish inexpensive cards with cool add-ons to get a more posh look on the cheap!
- There are numerous inexpensive yet elegant ideas for outdoor garden weddings. Check out this wedding for inspiration.
- Votives are a great way to add a special ambiance and can enhance the effect of your professional lighting setup.
- For a garden inspired theme, try one of these clever ideas!
- Sweet & savory souvenir bags are a cute and tasty option.
- Try these simple ideas on a budget.
- Let love grow with these DIY seed pack wedding favors.
Do you have any wedding sites, blogs, or Pinterest boards that inspire you? Let us know in the comment section!