DIY or Buy?

Photo Courtesy of Jaden Stecklow

DIY weddings have been in full-force recently. I am all for making your own decorations and centerpieces to save some money. My sister got married this summer and because it was a destination wedding, we threw a reception at home. Almost everything at the reception was a DIY project, even down to the personalized coffee cups. It was a lot of work, but it cut the cost immensely.

Are there certain things that you need to buy instead of DIY? Absolutely! Knowing what you should DIY and what you should buy can get overwhelming, though. Here are a few tips to help you.

  1. Unless you are a professional cake decorator, do not make your own cake. Even if you are a professional cake decorator, do not make your own cake. Order from a professional to ease the stress of making a perfect cake that can feed all of the guests in time for the wedding.
  2. Centerpieces are super easy to make with cheap vases and flowers. Paint cheap picture frames from Dollar Tree and put it next to the flowers.
  3. Order the bouquets from a florist. It is their job to make sure each bouquet matches and fits what you imagine. They will be able to store them longer and transport them easier.
  4. Signs are a popular DIY decoration. Take an old chalkboard or buy a cheap one and write your wedding hashtag, seating arrangements, anything you want. Attach some cute burlap or ribbon to make a border around the chalkboard.
  5. If you decide to DIY you decorations, be sure to practice far in advance before needing to do it for the real thing. Be confident in your crafting abilities but don’t settle for it if it isn’t the best idea. There are many inexpensive decorations you can buy for the big day.

There are many more items to DIY and to buy. What you choose is completely up to you. Remember, there is no right or wrong way to have a wedding. Do what is best for you and run with it.

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