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The Good, The Bad and The DIY

Our newly engaged digital content editor shares tips for successfully navigating a bridal show.
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Welcome to Wedding Wisdom! Every week, wedding planner Tami Smallwood-Brown, CEO of blush|WEDDING & EVENT PLANNING FIRM gives tips to help you plan your dream nuptials from engagement to “I do.” This week, Tami shares a few things to consider as a DIY bride.

Photo courtesy of Cellar Door Photography.

Photo courtesy of Cellar Door Photography.

These days, everyone is looking for ways to cut costs! Many brides have resorted to becoming a do-it-yourself (DIY) bride to save a few dollars. Becoming your own florist, stationery designer, or wedding planner comes with plenty of things to contemplate.

A large part of every wedding is décor. Floral and décor bills can be the largest cost, next to catering. If you decide that you can take control here and be your own florist, keep these things in mind.

DIY florals

Keep it simple. This is the best way to accomplish DIY wedding flowers.
Be consistent. Make sure your DIY floral vision is consistent with your venue and wedding style.
Research your flowers of interest. Do your homework to insure that you have the means to store and care for them before the wedding.
Consider non-floral centerpieces. Candles or crystal candelabras can make for a stunning, yet less expensive, alternative to flowers.

DIY nonflorals
Stationery and Paper Products
Stationery can seem like an easy task – especially with the countless boxed invitation kits at the local craft stores. If your vision is simple, go for it — but keep the following in mind.


Invitations are just the beginning.You may also need wedding programs, menu cards, table numbers, place cards and/or escort cards.

Bring in the help. Charge your bridesmaids with assisting with the paper products. Otherwise, you could spend countless hours designing, printing, and assembling your wedding paper products.


So what should I DIY?
If you are longing to create something for your wedding, try favors or creative signage projects. These low-risk projects can usually be done days or weeks before your wedding without the fear of ruin.

DIY favors

If you decide to DIY. any part of your wedding, prepare in advance and get help.

YOUR TURN: Would you DIY any part of your wedding? Let us know in the comments!

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