The stress of planning your perfect day can really take a toll on you especially if trying to stay within a budget. Here are some things you can do yourself to save money and what to hire out professionally.
What to DIY:
Flowers and Table Centerpieces. Here’s something that you can do yourself for a fraction of the cost of paying a florist. For a rustic wedding, try wildflowers in mason jars wrapped in twine. Check out our Pinterest page for lots of rustic ideas on wedding flowers and centerpieces.
Invites. By doing your own invitations, you save a ton of money but also can give them a more personal touch to show your personalities shine as a couple. The Internet offers so many options on Save-The-Date postcards and wedding invitations.
First Dance/Bridal Party Dance. The internet once again can be your instructor. YouTube has videos for every kind of dance you could imagine. Have a special one planned for your first dance and a fun group one for your bridal party.
Refreshments. There are a lot of beers and wines that are inexpensive if you buy in larger quantities. Just pick two kinds of each and you then create your own signature drink that reflects you as a couple. Buying liquor and mixers can get really costly.
What to Hire Professionally:
Food/Catering. Think you’re a great cook and your family wants to help? Trust me, cooking on a large scale is an entirely different animal. Plan a seasonal but simple menu with a caterer and leave that stress to them. You will definitely not regret hiring this task out.
Photography. This is one of the most important days in your life. It’s best to have a professional with experience in lighting and angles to get the right shots. Plus a professional will make it their main focus, not your best friend’s brother who would rather be having a drink at the bar.
Wedding Planner. Sure, you are organized and planned your wedding like a professional. But consider a day-of planner to make sure all your plans run smooth. This will let you kick back and enjoy your perfect day.
Music: DJ or band. This is another way to reflect your personalities as a couple and make your wedding reception interactive. Be sure the performers, whether DJ or a live band, take requests from the guests for the most fun!