From Pinterest and Instagram to magazines and blogs, there are countless visuals inspiring brides-to-be. With limitless resources at our finger tips, many brides are bypassing professional event designers and going with the DIY approach. As a 2015 bride-to-be who happens to be a Nashville event planner, here are my tips for pulling off your DIY wedding:
1) Know your budget and allocate funds appropriately. This is the biggest challenge we face with our couples who have finished their planning process before we get involved. Your budget should align with your priorities. If the venue and an open bar are at the top of your list, hold off on committing to extravagant floral arrangements that may break your bank. There’s no shame in skimping in the areas that aren’t important to you.
2) Integrate personality instead of trends. Micaela and I are constantly talking about and developing “event personalities.” Events truly are extensions of brands, and that applies to couples as well. Your wedding is all about sharing moments with your family and friends. Do that on your own terms instead of focusing on what’s hot this year. You’ll thank yourself for that as you reminisce on your 50th anniversary (or maybe event 5th).
3) Don’t wait until the last minute. When your friends and family are flooding into town, the last thing you’ll want to do is run last minute errands. Plan ahead and cross off the last items on your list at least a week in advance.
4) Be prepared. Pack scissors, tape, glue gun, staples, wall cling tape and hooks, even over the door hangers for handmade wreaths, anything you or your day-of planner might need to pull off your vision.
5) Label each item with a corresponding diagram. The vision may be crystal clear in your mind, but your day-of planner may need a visual to keep surprises at a minimum. Oh, you mean that huge lantern was supposed to go on the cake table instead at the entrance?
6) Hire a planner (or at the very least a skilled, willing friend or relative) to execute. You have enough to focus on, between your new husband, family, friends and your own fun time! Soak in the memories instead of soaking up that spilled drink on the dance floor.
7) Have fun! Your wedding weekend will only last a few days, but the planning process will last months. Enjoy the ride!