Planning for your dream wedding takes a great amount of your time and will need your apt decision-making skills on the important things needed for both the ceremony and reception. While others resort to hiring professional wedding planners to help them in managing their wedding preparations, others also like to try the do-it-yourself (DIY) trend that many brides are jumping into. In this case, you become hands-on and take the lead in all the aspects that need to be prepared for your wedding.
This is also helpful especially when you are tight on your budget. Others also like this idea because it gives them the opportunity to create more significant memories while preparing for the most special day of their life. It would be better for both you and your significant other to be hands-on if you plan to DIY your wedding.
Deciding to DIY your wedding is very difficult because it will need you to have skills in organizing and planning. You need to be mindful of the things that need to be considered. If you plan to DIY your own wedding, you need to start as early as possible.
The earlier the timeline, the better. Starting early will give you plenty of time to arrange and decide on the important details for your wedding. To help you, below are the things that can help keep organized while preparing for your dream DIY wedding.
Plan and Stick To Your Budget
Determining the budget of your wedding is very important. It will be one of the major factors you need to consider in deciding on things that are related to your wedding. Pro tip, always secure an extra budget just in case unexpected costs will arise.
List, List, List
When it comes to planning and organizing, one of key things to do is to list down what you will need for your wedding. What will be your wedding venue and decorations? Your wedding dress and wedding bands or rings? Wedding cake and other food? Theme? Guests list and invitation? And many other things that you need to think about.
You need to give an ample amount of time to think of what aspects of your wedding you should prioritize with respect to your budget. Creating a master checklist will help you envision your goals and keep track of your budget as well as your timeline if you have set one.
Choose a Bridal Style
To have vivid visualization of your dream wedding, you need to choose what wedding style you will follow. You can browse through wedding magazines, websites, and even in Pinterest as they have a number of wedding style and theme inspirations you can choose from. Your wedding venue, decorations, and wedding dress should reflect what bridal style and theme you chose.
Plan on your dream wedding dress
One of the most awaited aspects of planning for most brides is their wedding dress. For most DIY brides, their wedding dresses are hand-downed dresses from their mothers or grandmothers which were preserved.
Others who have an extra budget, give more time in planning their dress - specifically on the design and style, the fabric to be used, and the embellishments of the wedding dress. If you plan on buying a new one, you can also invest in wedding dress preservation kits after wearing it to keep it in pristine condition.
Research on Your Venue and Decorations
There are many options when it comes to wedding venues. You can choose to have a typical indoor-style venue but you can also opt to choose an outdoor-style wedding venue. Research and survey around your locality for wedding venues. It will be good to have a venue that has an affordable price and at the same time offers a few amenities that you can use such as chairs and tables.
Deciding what wedding venue will also determine the decorations you will use. For outdoor wedding venues, you can utilize the view of nature which can reduce your expenses on the ornaments. You can contact decorators for stress-free preparations or you can do design and adorn it yourself
Set a Schedule of Events
Creating a clear and comprehensive wedding schedule will ensure that all the things that you have listed in your checklist are met. This is also very important to help you keep track of things and to encourage you to complete the things you need to finish on the deadline you set.
There might still be a lot of things to remember when it comes to planning for your DIY wedding, but don’t forget to take a break and breathe. Don’t go hard on yourself and appreciate the little things that you do while preparing for your wedding.
You can use the following tips to help you in planning and organizing the most significant and precious day of you and your special one, that for sure everyone will remember.