As you are learning quickly, weddings can become very costly. If you’re a crafting queen or completely new to the scene, the Do-It-Yourself or DIY approach can be very financially appealing. Websites like Pinterest are filled with ideas on how to make your special day memorable, personable and cost-effective.
But how do you know when to buy and when to DIY?
The answer is not always clear cut, and you may end up doing both and finding out you prefer one to the other. Here are some tips to consider.
-Weigh out the costs of buying out of a store or magazine versus finding a tutorial online for wedding and reception decorations.
-Check with your venue to see what is allowed and what is included in your rental.
-Ask artistic friends if they would lend their services for your wedding invitations instead of buying you a wedding present.
-Check with married friends to see if you can borrow or buy any of their decorations.
-Your caterer might have a different pricing for a lunch versus a dinner menu. If your schedule is flexible, look at the price difference.
-Consider your audience. Will that expensive plate of stuffed grape leaves and Spanikopita be devoured or left untouched?
-Instead one very expensive wedding cake, consider a fun alternative like cake pops, cupcakes, even decorated cookies.
Ultimately, your wedding day is what you make of it. If you’re happy having everything purchased and prepared, then go for it! If you’re more of a hands on person, get in there and own it!
Thanks – Big Box Pro – Corpus Christi, Texas