Hello P&P Friends!
I get lots of questions about advice on throwing a DIY event or wedding, so I thought I'd do a little blog post about it.!
Question: I thought DIY meant cheaper?
Answer: Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Doing things yourself can get expensive if you don't look at the total cost of things. For example, you really want vintage pie stands for your wedding cake or pies. To buy them new your looking at costs ranging from $25-75. Depending on the look. To make them using glue, old plates, vintage candlesticks and spraypaint your looking at a cost of around $10-20 per stand. It's a savings, but consider your time as well! How many hours out of your day did it take?
People are under the impression that doing things DIY is easier and cheaper. Not the case. It takes a lot of effort to get the things you want that otherwise might not fit into your budget. It also takes a lot of creativity and imagination.
My tips on ways to save money:
- Go to flea markets.
But go with a shopping list. If you don't you'll end up blowing your budget on things you don't need but sure look pretty.
-Recycle and Reuse.
Everyday we throw out bottles and cans into our recycling bins. Start collecting the ones you like! soak them in water to peel off the labels and get some Goo-Gone. Suddenly you have so many great vessels! use them for flowers, water bottles, candle holders, straw holders for the bar, and much more! Let your imagination go wild. You can bring some new life to them by using some ribbon, spray painting them or adding some glitter. Look at this beautiful example I found on Pinterest.
Use your friends-
I don't mean this in a bad way. All of us choose people in our lives that are wonderful and have talents we don't have. Ask those friends for help. Does someone have amazing sewing skills? do they have a hobby of crafting? It doesn't hurt to ask for help. The worst someone can say is no, right? Give friends assignments. It will save you time AND money. But don't be a jerk. Be kind to your friends who volunteer to help.
Budget for a Planner-
I think this is a must, and not because I am one. I became a planner and stylist because I didn't want brides going through what I did for my wedding. While I hired a planner, I hired the wrong one. I needed someone who had my back, I could vent to, and would take most of the crap off my shoulders. I didn't get that. If you don't have someone working beside you every step of the way, no one will have any idea of all the ideas in your head and how to make them work on the day of your event. Things don't magically happen. They have to be planned and executed properly so on the day of it seems effortless and casual. Having a planner will save you more money than you think. They will push you in the right directions for other vendors and know where to save.
Don't go cheap on the big things-
Decor can be done for cheap with lots of creativity. But doing that it gives you extra cash for the big ticket items.
Photography- Don't use friends just to save money. It's one day, only a few hours. If you don't capture your day properly its over before you know it and you don't have a record of it. All that work and money wasted. You don't remember as much as you think you will. It's over in a flash. We have so many wedding blogs out there. Find someone that fits in a budget range you feel comfortable with, but make sure it's the style you like. Don't chose someone just because they're cheaper. You get what you pay for, believe me.
Food- Budget for good food. The saying that "The food isn't important" is a lie. It is important. Let your guests and family know how thankful you are for them attending, buying you gifts, traveling, possibly giving up work and vacation time to come to your wedding by feeding them properly. It doesn't have to be fancy. Just good. By getting good food its not a waste of money.
Music- show your guests a good time. Don't just use an IPOD. Use social media to find a DJ or Band. maybe a friend of a friend would love the job! Local bands are also great! they usually charge less than half of the big ticket wedding bands. Then you can end up with someone more your style and at a price you can afford.
Videographer- I believe in having one more than anything. But if you REALLY can't budget for one, find a friend or family member with a decent camera and tripod to record your ceremony. I insist. EVERYONE should have their ceremony recorded to watch anytime you want. I wish I was kidding that I have caught my husband watching ours and crying his eyes out. We get to revisit that day anytime we want and it's so special. Seriously...it's priceless.
Please send me more questions!! I would love to help in any way I can. Design questions? budget questions? I'm here for you!!