Start looking at doing your wedding yourself and there are tutorials, blogs and whole websites devoted to anything from how to make a 5 layer cake to tips on making your own orchid centrepieces and cupcake stands.
Bottom line: if you have the inclination there is something for every little bit of DIY you ever envisaged (and plenty of other little odds and sodds you didn’t ever even think you’d need, but which sound like a good idea) available with step-by-step tutorials and suggestions on where best to get all the fiddly bits that make up the final product.
But. And there is a BIG but here. You need to be that way inclined.
What do I mean by this? Well, there are as many stories as there are brides who have decided to do it all themselves. There are the successful ones where the bride was already into things like scrapbooking or arts and crafts projects and, with the help of family and friends, managed to pull it all off sumptuously.
And then there are other stories where brides, intent on saving a dollar or two, but with two left thumbs and very little staying power, ended up dumping the wedding project on the shoulders of relatives and friends who found themselves stretched beyond the call of duty to fulfil the vision of said bride.
Did I mention that you need to be organised? Because if you’re not, forget it. If you’re someone who leaves things until 2 months before, this whole DIY thing is going to backfire big time.
You will need time, energy and the willingness to allow the help of friends and family. If you’re one of those who has to do it all herself, even if more than adequately up to the task, you are going to end up so stressed out by the week before the wedding that you’ll be in need of a week of down-time instead of being able to enjoy the run-up to your big day.
A few brief tips:
- Plan – before you even begin, make sure you have everything you’ll need to do every little project
- Project manage – produce a spreadsheet with all the tasks you will need to do, and a basic timeline
- Delegate – ask for help from those who can give it
- KISS – keep it simple. If you can do it in 3 easy steps, why take 7
Happy Wedding Planning!