Words by Poptop UK
For the bride planning her own wedding, the next few months might feel a little overwhelming – but don’t worry! Whether you’re a DIY queen, or working to a strict budget, doing it for yourself can be a great experience, and we’re here to help you along the way.
If you’re just getting started or you’ve already got the ball rolling and are ticking things off your handy wedding checklist, here are our top 10 tips for the DIY wedding of your dreams:
Whatever the size of your wedding, having an army of friends and family to assist you is key to the success of your DIY day. Remember, many hands make light work, and you and your fiancé will need them as you’re planning, designing, making and creating around your day-to-day lives.
Set a budget
Your wedding budget will be a major factor in most of your decision-making, so be sure to set this up front. Look at your own finances, and ask family members if they might be willing to help you out with some of the costs.
What do you and your fiancé most enjoy at a wedding, and value in your relationship? Is it spectacular food, dancing all night, stunning flowers, a fun photobooth, or great entertainment? Decide on your most important wedding day features – these should be what you prioritise your spending on, rather than getting lured in by a catchy bit of vendor marketing.
Make a plan (and stick to it!)
Time will go quickly, so map out the time you have before your wedding, and assign tasks to each month and tick them off as you go. Use a wedding checklist to guide your planning and make sure you’re not missing anything important. Remember to plan in some time off, as well, so your wedding planning doesn’t begin to feel like a chore!
It’s a great idea to make a wedding planning folder, to keep all your ideas, decisions, plans, wedding checklist, phone numbers and contracts together. Use a spreadsheet to keep track of your guest list, with addresses, RSVPs, food choices, and music requests.
Choose your colours or theme
Picking out your colour scheme or theme early on can make decision-making a lot easier as you meet with vendors and view venues. Whether you’re dreaming of a romantic day in a castle, a vintage garden party, or an all-natural outdoorsy vibe, pick your style and everything will flow from there.
Get tips from other couples
Tap into your network of recently-married friends and family members. They’re a goldmine of tips, tricks, savings and things to avoid. They might even have decor and bits and pieces left over from their big days that you can borrow or buy from them for yours!
Choose your vendors wisely
While DIY is fun, for some aspects of your vision you will need to depend on external suppliers. They will play a huge part in your day, so make sure you pick vendors who ‘get you’. They’ll be responsible for making your wedding vision a reality, so get to know them before you sign any contracts and commit any deposits.
Use your bridal party
Your bridal party will be crucial resources throughout the planning process – they should be the people know you best, so use them for second opinions, for help with styling decisions, and to keep you sane when things get a bit chaotic.
Planning your own wedding is an incredibly rewarding experience, but can, and will, get stressful and chaotic along the way. Take time to relax, enjoy each other, and remember why you’re doing it in the first place – so you can share your love for each other with your nearest and dearest on what will be the best day of your life.
This has been a guest post from Poptop UK, a UK wedding planning concierge company that helps find you the best possible suppliers for your event. Their aim is to make event planning an easy and enjoyable process. For more details, please visit the Poptop UK website.