The majority of engaged couples I am meeting are really creative and DIY driven. Initially I find that many couples are really excited and ambitious in their planning to do the majority of the wedding details themselves. However when we start digging into the amount of work that really means, they start to second guess what they can actually do themselves.
First let me say that I have been in the wedding industry since I was 16. I worked for an award winning family floral shop specializing in weddings in the Bay Area of California. I also had side hustles in the wedding business throughout my twenties as a makeup artist, wedding planner, D.J and into my thirties I started working with a wedding magazine and as a wedding show event coordinator. So you could say I’m really invested in the wedding world. I have attended hundreds of weddings and have seen so many cool ideas and have also sadly seen some major fails. Because of my experience I want to share some ideas with you as you plan your wedding.
In my new series for the DIY bride, I am going to share with you tips and tricks to make your DIY wedding fabulous, affordable and keep that stress minimal.
In part of this series I want to discuss what vendors are important for you to hire and why. After I will dive into ideas of what you can do yourself or delegate to loving friends and family (thank goodness for them right!)
So here we go, my first suggestion to not DIY is photography. I know this sounds a little bias as I am a wedding photographer, but let me explain why you do not want to hire your uncle Joe with a cool new camera.
My Second suggestion to not try to do yourself is D.J. While I have seen a couple brides attempt some very creative ways to avoid hiring a D.J, it usually ends in some pretty choppy and cringe worthy moments through the wedding. Music preset on a Ipad may work, but I have seen these Ipads die in the middle of songs, or the person in charge of the Ipad gets a little tipsy and starts doing their own remixing or the playlist itself disappears into Ipad oblivion. In order to avoid these stressful situations, here are my thoughts on what value a D.J provides and why you need a professional.
My third suggestion to not DIY’ing is the food. On too many occasions I have been told by couples that they are just going to cook food the night before and I always ask are you sure? Typically a week before the wedding they are calling a caterer or a family member to take it over because the stress of that additional task got to be too much to handle.
Here are my reasons why you should at least hire one person that is familiar with food prep and service to be in charge of food.
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