Guess what? I was a DIY Bride, so I know my tribe! Yes, I'm now a certified and seasoned professional, but just like many others in my profession - I planned and designed my own wedding over fourteen years ago! So, I know it can be done, but really....why would you? Honestly, if I had to do it again I would have definitely left more of the tasks up to the professionals. Not because I couldn't do it, ( I had been producing events for a couple years before my own), but because I know how quickly this time passes. It's my experienced opinion that: THIS IS YOUR TIME TO BE TREATED ROYALLY and to revel in the new journey that awaits you.
Now, I know one reason that many brides DIY is because of budget restraints, but let's be honest: TIME IS MONEY! However, if you're going to take the dive, I would like to help you avoid these 10 common mistakes that most DIY Brides make:
Underestimating the Time and Effort: DIY projects often take more time and effort than anticipated. Start planning early and give yourself plenty of time to complete each task.
Overcommitting: It's easy to get caught up in the excitement and take on too many DIY projects. Prioritize what's most important and feasible within your timeline.
Ignoring Professional Help: While DIY can save money, certain aspects like photography, catering, and music might be best left to professionals. Don't compromise the quality of these key elements.
Lack of Budgeting: DIY projects can add up quickly. Set a clear budget and track expenses diligently to avoid overspending.
Not Having a Backup Plan: Outdoor weddings are charming, but weather can be unpredictable. Always have a backup plan for outdoor ceremonies or receptions.
Skipping a Trial Run: If you're doing your own hair and makeup, or even if a friend is helping, make sure to do a trial run well in advance to avoid last-minute disasters.
Not Delegating Tasks: You don't have to do everything yourself. Enlist the help of friends and family for tasks like setting up decorations, coordinating guests, and more.
Procrastination: Waiting until the last minute can lead to unnecessary stress. Create a timeline for your DIY projects and stick to it.
Skimping on Documentation: Take plenty of photos or videos during the planning and setup process. These memories can be cherished later, and they might even be helpful for future brides.
Not Taking Care of Yourself: With so much to do, it's easy to neglect self-care. Get enough rest, eat well, and manage stress to stay healthy and enjoy your big day.
Remember, while DIY projects can add a personal touch to your wedding, it's important to find the right balance between DIY and seeking professional assistance when needed. If you need us, we're a call away and waiting to give you the Stylish wedding of your dreams!
Happy Planning......in Style!