First of all congratulations on your engagements to all of you beautiful new brides to be! The next year or so of your lives are going to be so full of excitement. It is time to plan your wedding, which most of us have dreamt about since we were little. Quickly we realize how much effort and thought actually goes into planning an event as important as this. DIY projects can really help save your wallets and add a personal touch, but trust us, some things have to be left to professionals if you want your day to go smoothly. Don’t stress, we are here to help! We have photographed and attended hundreds and hundreds of weddings and we know first hand what can easily be done yourself and what turns into an absolute disaster.
Floral arrangements are beautiful no doubt, but some of these centerpieces can add up to hundreds if not thousands PER TABLE. We love a good floral arrangement, don’t get us wrong, but as a guest of many many weddings, we can promise you that the noticeable difference to your friends and family between extremely expensive arrangements and a good DIY is slim to none. We promise. So grab your bridesmaids, hit the craft store, and pick some faux flowers. They range in size so no worries if you want something big and bold. Make a night out of it with your girls or recruit your hubby and put them together however you like. Best part is, they never die! So your guests can keep the beautiful homemade arrangement forever.
I don’t know about you guys, but I have never judged the quality of an invitation. I open it, get excited, RSVP and hang it on the fridge for a few months before storing it away or canning it. Invitations are a perfect DIY project. You can buy ready to print packages for a fraction of the cost and it doesn’t take an excruciating amount of time to put them together. For those crafty brides, a Cricut will be your absolute best friend. For less than what you would pay for save the dates you can make anything from table cards to cut out decorations and invitations. It is super simple and your options are endless.
Putting together your party favors for your guests is super easy, super fun, and gives your gift a more personal touch. Bulk order your favorite color coordinated candy, little bags, and whatever other fun little gifts you want to pass along to your friends and family. You’ll save a ton of money and everyone will love that you took the time to do it yourself during your crazy busy wedding planning schedule.
Photographs + Video:
When your cousin with an awesome camera offers to capture your day it might be super tempting to save the quite expensive bill on a photographer, however we highly recommend a professional for this task. In ten years you are going to look back on these pictures to re-live some of your favorite memories and you absolutely do NOT want to look back on half of your friends and families eyes closed or mouths open. Candid can be cute but you only get one day, and the pictures taken during those few short hours are all you will have left. Let someone who knows exactly what to do be the one to provide you with your life long memories.
Wedding timelines are complicated and can be completely thrown off by the wrong ring leader. Some of you may be considering friends or family for your DJ or Band, who usually orchestrates the show. Unless they have wedding experience we urge you to go with a professional. For instants, a professional DJ knows when to hype up your guests, and when to calm everyone down and get ready for seatings such as dinner, speeches, first dances etc. Things can get very disorganized very easily and you won’t have the full attention you deserve during the most sentimental and memorable times of your wedding if no one knows what is going on. Imagine being in the middle of your inevitably emotional father-daughter dance and the DJ has an equipment malfunction, or accidentally cuts to another song. It can literally ruin a moment you will never get back. So pick an experienced company to pump up your jams!
We know Long Island weddings can get extremely pricey. Feeding 200 of your closest friends and family does not come cheap, and a lot of brides are turning to friends and family to cater the wedding themselves. BIG MISTAKE. Food has to be prepared the day before or day of the wedding. We all know how much effort and stress and time goes into planning a wedding, now imagine the day before and day of having to cook for 200 people! Even if you have the time, one miscalculation and you set yourself back hours you do not have to spare. There are so many what if’s? What if something gets burnt? What if something doesn’t come out as planned? The two days before your wedding should be for you to calm your nerves, get excited, and get ready. NOT stress over feeding the masses.
Just some tips and tricks for you ladies. Comment below any stories you may have of DIY success and fails. We’d love to see your pictures too!