Perhaps you just started planning your wedding, and you are a bit overwhelmed about the cost of decoration, food, drinks, wedding venue, invitations, and the never-ending list of vendors? Well, welcome to the magical world of wedding planning; as a professional Miami wedding planner, I see this all the time, couples trying to keep the costs of their celebration under control and looking for alternatives to make their wedding personal and special.
But achieving such a thing is easier said than done, especially if you plan a large wedding. Nevertheless, there are options to succeed, and I’m here to help guide you through planning the best DIY wedding of all time. For me, the key is organization and timing, but here are a couple of tips and tricks for you to have an amazing celebration step by step.
Budget is the first step whenever you plan a wedding; you need to know your limits and numbers before heading for a wedding venue tour or meeting potential vendors. The reason is you need to know the size and type of event you can afford and prioritize your needs. Once you have your budget, you will know if you can pay for vendors to take care of every aspect of your wedding or if you need to bring out your DIY skills.
A wedding must have a clear theme, so your décor, invitations, music, and even wedding attire look like they belong to the same event. This is particularly important when you DIY some projects. I have seen couples that start with a vintage aesthetic but along the way pick up a rustic décor and finish with modern wedding attire. The result is not as magical as they imagined, and the reason is they didn’t set a theme to start with.
DIY projects are ideal for saving some money and putting your personal touch on your wedding day, but you will invest in time what you save in money. And there are only so many hours in a day, so before you start thinking about doing all the centerpieces of your wedding, you must know who is willing to help. Talk to your bridal party and even your family to see if they can help with their time and skills, and then you will know how much you can achieve before your wedding.
Time is everything when you plan your Miami wedding; I often see couples trying to put together a whole wedding in a couple of months, which is possible but not ideal because prices rise, and stress gets to the limit. When you choose to have a DIY wedding, you need to be organized and realistic, so my best advice is that you set deadlines for each project. For example, if you DIY your invitations, you should start with them, then decorations, and finally food or favors.
I know it is tempting to DIY your entire wedding when you see how much you can save, but trust me on this one, you want to enjoy your Miami wedding instead of being stressed out the entire time. Your DIY projects will be largely appreciated in personal elements such as your centerpieces, favors, invitations, and décor. And they are easier to get ready ahead of time because if you feel adventurous and want to DIY drinks and food, chances of failing are big.
My advice for your Miami wedding is to limit the DIY to a couple of projects and hire professionals for those areas you are not an expert on, such as catering, entertainment, and perhaps décor. As your wedding planner, I’m all in for personal touches, but I also want you to have the time of your life, so follow my advice, and you will be on your way to the best day of your life.
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