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12 Things You Should Never Do for a DIY Wedding

12 Things You Should Never Do for a DIY Wedding

Don’t make your wedding day even more stressful by trying to cater it yourself

12 Things You Should Never Do for a DIY Wedding

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There is no denying how expensive weddings are: Even if you plan on having a low-key, relaxed wedding with just your closest family and friends, the price of everything will soon add up to an astronomical sum. So it’s no surprise that DIY weddings have rapidly grown in popularity. Brides and grooms (and their families) are now attempting to tackle every part of the wedding set-up and hosting themselves: Everything from the cake, to the invitations, to the bride’s bouquet are often now “homemade” in order to save money. But which parts of a wedding are really feasible to DIY… And which parts aren’t? Let’s have a look at the parts of a DIY wedding that should really be avoided, regardless of the cost.

Bridesmaid Dresses

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If you’re not willing to DIY your own wedding dress, you shouldn’t be forcing a DIY dress on your bridesmaids. You can, of course, have a say in what they wear, but it should not be made by you or any of them.

Fireworks

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You’d be surprised by how many people do attempt to have DIY fireworks at their wedding in an attempt to create an extravagant party that doesn’t blow their budget. But seriously, this is extremely dangerous. We’d rather you baked your own wedding cake while wearing your wedding dress than attempted to DIY fireworks.

Lighting

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Party Music

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You may think that making a playlist and plugging your phone into some speakers will suffice for post-dinner entertainment. But when it gets to that time on your wedding day and you suddenly have to take on the role of DJ, it’s going to seem less easy. Hiring a DJ or band means you don’t need to worry about it, and you can focus on having a great time.

Photography

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Yes, wedding photographers are horrifically expensive. But there’s a reason: They know what they’re doing; they will always get that perfectly lit, romantic shot; and will create the most beautiful, everlasting memories of your big day. Hiring a photographer who really, really knows what they’re doing is worth every cent. Letting a wannabe photographer friend take charge is just going to be disappointing: You don’t get two attempts at these photos.

Servers

A wedding day is always a big occasion, no matter how low-key and casual you may try to make it. Being a server at a wedding is a hard and stressful job, which takes practice and expertise. Don’t ask your friends’ kids to do the job for you: They have the power to accidentally ruin the whole day by spilling red wine all over your wedding dress.

Transportation

Whether it’s your post-wedding “getaway” car, the guests’ transportation to the venue, or moving everyone from the venue to the hotel, you should leave it to the guests themselves or a professional company to sort out. Don’t even think about asking your parents to start driving people around all evening.

Wedding Cake

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Wedding Dress

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You may think you’re a superstar fashion designer with fantastic sewing skills, and that you’ll definitely be able to replicate that dream dress you’ve pictured in your mind ever since you were 5 years old, but we doubt that you really will. Making your wedding dress is a huge, and hugely stressful, undertaking, a never-ending task of tweaking and altering, and when it doesn’t turn out exactly as you imagined (which it won’t), you’ll be disappointed and feel as if you’ve let yourself down.

Wedding Tent

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Pitching a tent large enough to seat 100 people is harder than it looks. It’s hot, stressful, and challenging work. Let some professionals do the job for you to save you a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, as well as stopping you from spending the entire reception worried that the whole thing may suddenly fall down.


The Do's and Don'ts of Wedding Favors

If you're planning a wedding, you've probably read plenty of articles that share must-haves and must do's when it comes to planning your big day. One thing that isn't an absolute essential? Wedding favors. To be frank, they aren't necessary or required by any means, so if you're on a tight budget don't feel compelled to spend money you may not have on a decorative tchotchke that will likely end up in the trash. If you're choosing between something that will truly enhance your guests' experience and a wedding favor, we recommend choosing the former.

However, if you're set on sharing a small token of your appreciation with your guests who traveled from near and far to celebrate with you, these are the do's and don'ts you should know. Here are some suggestions from wedding vendors who have been there, seen it all, and lived to tell the tale of wedding favors done wrong and those done right.

What Is a Wedding Favor?

A wedding favor is generally a small gift given as a gesture of gratitude to wedding guests. It's often something that fits with the wedding theme or has personal meaning to the couple.


The Do's and Don'ts of Wedding Favors

If you're planning a wedding, you've probably read plenty of articles that share must-haves and must do's when it comes to planning your big day. One thing that isn't an absolute essential? Wedding favors. To be frank, they aren't necessary or required by any means, so if you're on a tight budget don't feel compelled to spend money you may not have on a decorative tchotchke that will likely end up in the trash. If you're choosing between something that will truly enhance your guests' experience and a wedding favor, we recommend choosing the former.

However, if you're set on sharing a small token of your appreciation with your guests who traveled from near and far to celebrate with you, these are the do's and don'ts you should know. Here are some suggestions from wedding vendors who have been there, seen it all, and lived to tell the tale of wedding favors done wrong and those done right.

What Is a Wedding Favor?

A wedding favor is generally a small gift given as a gesture of gratitude to wedding guests. It's often something that fits with the wedding theme or has personal meaning to the couple.


The Do's and Don'ts of Wedding Favors

If you're planning a wedding, you've probably read plenty of articles that share must-haves and must do's when it comes to planning your big day. One thing that isn't an absolute essential? Wedding favors. To be frank, they aren't necessary or required by any means, so if you're on a tight budget don't feel compelled to spend money you may not have on a decorative tchotchke that will likely end up in the trash. If you're choosing between something that will truly enhance your guests' experience and a wedding favor, we recommend choosing the former.

However, if you're set on sharing a small token of your appreciation with your guests who traveled from near and far to celebrate with you, these are the do's and don'ts you should know. Here are some suggestions from wedding vendors who have been there, seen it all, and lived to tell the tale of wedding favors done wrong and those done right.

What Is a Wedding Favor?

A wedding favor is generally a small gift given as a gesture of gratitude to wedding guests. It's often something that fits with the wedding theme or has personal meaning to the couple.


The Do's and Don'ts of Wedding Favors

If you're planning a wedding, you've probably read plenty of articles that share must-haves and must do's when it comes to planning your big day. One thing that isn't an absolute essential? Wedding favors. To be frank, they aren't necessary or required by any means, so if you're on a tight budget don't feel compelled to spend money you may not have on a decorative tchotchke that will likely end up in the trash. If you're choosing between something that will truly enhance your guests' experience and a wedding favor, we recommend choosing the former.

However, if you're set on sharing a small token of your appreciation with your guests who traveled from near and far to celebrate with you, these are the do's and don'ts you should know. Here are some suggestions from wedding vendors who have been there, seen it all, and lived to tell the tale of wedding favors done wrong and those done right.

What Is a Wedding Favor?

A wedding favor is generally a small gift given as a gesture of gratitude to wedding guests. It's often something that fits with the wedding theme or has personal meaning to the couple.


The Do's and Don'ts of Wedding Favors

If you're planning a wedding, you've probably read plenty of articles that share must-haves and must do's when it comes to planning your big day. One thing that isn't an absolute essential? Wedding favors. To be frank, they aren't necessary or required by any means, so if you're on a tight budget don't feel compelled to spend money you may not have on a decorative tchotchke that will likely end up in the trash. If you're choosing between something that will truly enhance your guests' experience and a wedding favor, we recommend choosing the former.

However, if you're set on sharing a small token of your appreciation with your guests who traveled from near and far to celebrate with you, these are the do's and don'ts you should know. Here are some suggestions from wedding vendors who have been there, seen it all, and lived to tell the tale of wedding favors done wrong and those done right.

What Is a Wedding Favor?

A wedding favor is generally a small gift given as a gesture of gratitude to wedding guests. It's often something that fits with the wedding theme or has personal meaning to the couple.


The Do's and Don'ts of Wedding Favors

If you're planning a wedding, you've probably read plenty of articles that share must-haves and must do's when it comes to planning your big day. One thing that isn't an absolute essential? Wedding favors. To be frank, they aren't necessary or required by any means, so if you're on a tight budget don't feel compelled to spend money you may not have on a decorative tchotchke that will likely end up in the trash. If you're choosing between something that will truly enhance your guests' experience and a wedding favor, we recommend choosing the former.

However, if you're set on sharing a small token of your appreciation with your guests who traveled from near and far to celebrate with you, these are the do's and don'ts you should know. Here are some suggestions from wedding vendors who have been there, seen it all, and lived to tell the tale of wedding favors done wrong and those done right.

What Is a Wedding Favor?

A wedding favor is generally a small gift given as a gesture of gratitude to wedding guests. It's often something that fits with the wedding theme or has personal meaning to the couple.


The Do's and Don'ts of Wedding Favors

If you're planning a wedding, you've probably read plenty of articles that share must-haves and must do's when it comes to planning your big day. One thing that isn't an absolute essential? Wedding favors. To be frank, they aren't necessary or required by any means, so if you're on a tight budget don't feel compelled to spend money you may not have on a decorative tchotchke that will likely end up in the trash. If you're choosing between something that will truly enhance your guests' experience and a wedding favor, we recommend choosing the former.

However, if you're set on sharing a small token of your appreciation with your guests who traveled from near and far to celebrate with you, these are the do's and don'ts you should know. Here are some suggestions from wedding vendors who have been there, seen it all, and lived to tell the tale of wedding favors done wrong and those done right.

What Is a Wedding Favor?

A wedding favor is generally a small gift given as a gesture of gratitude to wedding guests. It's often something that fits with the wedding theme or has personal meaning to the couple.


The Do's and Don'ts of Wedding Favors

If you're planning a wedding, you've probably read plenty of articles that share must-haves and must do's when it comes to planning your big day. One thing that isn't an absolute essential? Wedding favors. To be frank, they aren't necessary or required by any means, so if you're on a tight budget don't feel compelled to spend money you may not have on a decorative tchotchke that will likely end up in the trash. If you're choosing between something that will truly enhance your guests' experience and a wedding favor, we recommend choosing the former.

However, if you're set on sharing a small token of your appreciation with your guests who traveled from near and far to celebrate with you, these are the do's and don'ts you should know. Here are some suggestions from wedding vendors who have been there, seen it all, and lived to tell the tale of wedding favors done wrong and those done right.

What Is a Wedding Favor?

A wedding favor is generally a small gift given as a gesture of gratitude to wedding guests. It's often something that fits with the wedding theme or has personal meaning to the couple.


The Do's and Don'ts of Wedding Favors

If you're planning a wedding, you've probably read plenty of articles that share must-haves and must do's when it comes to planning your big day. One thing that isn't an absolute essential? Wedding favors. To be frank, they aren't necessary or required by any means, so if you're on a tight budget don't feel compelled to spend money you may not have on a decorative tchotchke that will likely end up in the trash. If you're choosing between something that will truly enhance your guests' experience and a wedding favor, we recommend choosing the former.

However, if you're set on sharing a small token of your appreciation with your guests who traveled from near and far to celebrate with you, these are the do's and don'ts you should know. Here are some suggestions from wedding vendors who have been there, seen it all, and lived to tell the tale of wedding favors done wrong and those done right.

What Is a Wedding Favor?

A wedding favor is generally a small gift given as a gesture of gratitude to wedding guests. It's often something that fits with the wedding theme or has personal meaning to the couple.


The Do's and Don'ts of Wedding Favors

If you're planning a wedding, you've probably read plenty of articles that share must-haves and must do's when it comes to planning your big day. One thing that isn't an absolute essential? Wedding favors. To be frank, they aren't necessary or required by any means, so if you're on a tight budget don't feel compelled to spend money you may not have on a decorative tchotchke that will likely end up in the trash. If you're choosing between something that will truly enhance your guests' experience and a wedding favor, we recommend choosing the former.

However, if you're set on sharing a small token of your appreciation with your guests who traveled from near and far to celebrate with you, these are the do's and don'ts you should know. Here are some suggestions from wedding vendors who have been there, seen it all, and lived to tell the tale of wedding favors done wrong and those done right.

What Is a Wedding Favor?

A wedding favor is generally a small gift given as a gesture of gratitude to wedding guests. It's often something that fits with the wedding theme or has personal meaning to the couple.


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