DIY has become such a popular trend for brides these days. However, many brides mistakingly use "DIY" with "discount" interchangeably. They look at the price tag of something without thinking about the total value. Before I begin, you need to know I would never encourage someone to spend more than they can afford on a wedding. I also know there are many of talented brides who have very nice weddings for $1000
. However, I also know brides who let sticker shock send them running to DIY websites without thinking through what they are getting for that price.
Ask yourself these 3 questions before you DIY: 1. What is the item going to actually cost you?
Do you think you are going to make your own favors? Add up the actual cost, down to the little glue dots you will need. You may find you are really not going to save yourself much at all. 2. What is your time worth?
Some items or projects are tedious. Don't get caught trying to save yourself $30 on a project only to find you spent $60 on takeout + Tylenol because you are in over your head and feeling the stress. 3. What are your friendships + relationships worth?
Before you call in a favor from a friend or family member, think about what would happen if they let you down? Could you forgive? Is it worth damaging the relationship? Also, when you are asking a favor, you cannot be as demanding as you can be when working with a professional that you are paying. You have accept what they can do and be happy with it.
Here are a few places I feel practical brides tend to DIY and end up regretting it: Budget Blunder #1: The Venue
I think I learned about this when I was on the prom committee in high school. We found that for what we spent plastering the school cafeteria in crepe paper and balloons, we could reserve a ballroom at an upscale hotel nearby. I feel brides do this too. They forgo an actual wedding venue for someones backyard but find that by the time they rent a big enough tent, tables and chairs, port-o-potties and enough decor to make it look just right, they have blown right past the wedding venue cost. Bargain Buy:
Save money on a wedding venue by scheduling it "off-season" or on a weekday. Thursday night weddings are becoming more popular for that very reason. Budget Blunder #2: Photos + Videography
Oh my heart just sinks when I hear brides choosing to forgo a professional wedding photographer or videographer. Your wedding day will go by in a flash. You will miss things photographers snap. You will want to relish every word of your vows or your fathers toast. So many brides will say I have a (insert college friend, cousin, neighbor) who has a really nice camera and are pretty good. They will do it for free or like half the price. The truth is, you may get half the effort too.
Great photographers and videographers are worth their weight in gold. Pay someone. Serve chicken instead of beef and hire a professional. No regrets! Budget Blunder #3: The Wedding Planner
So many brides think that a wedding planner is a luxury reserved for the rich + famous. It is not so. A wedding planner has experience and (most importantly) bargaining power when it comes to negotiating with vendors. This is another place the small difference you may pay will be well worth the investment. Budget Blunder #4: Professional Hair and Makeup
I hear brides say, "I want to look like myself on my wedding day," or "I have a bridesmaid who is really good at hair and make up. She can do it." The fact is, they are spending tons of money on their guests and choosing to cut on things for them. Here is my philosophy. Many times, for $100 or less, you can get your face and hair done. Why would you spend $1000+ on a dress and not make yourself look just as fabulous. You should feel like a million bucks on your wedding day and this is a little treat that doesn't cost near that much. Don't cut the budget on something for you! Budget Blunder #5: Not Knowing Their Budget
Here are some real brides + bloggers sharing their tips for making the most of your wedding tips: