What to DIY and What Not To DIY for Your Wedding

A DIY wedding can save you a lot of money, but it can also cause you a lot of stress. Even if you don’t do everything yourself, many couples decide to do some things themselves. It allows them to save a bit of cash and add a personal touch to their special day. The question is, what should you DIY and what’s better off left to the professionals?

 

Professional: Scheduling the Day

 

You probably think that it’s pretty easy for you to schedule everything, and decide what will be happening and when. It’s not as easy as you might hope it would be, but it’s also not the most complicated thing in the world. You probably will be involved in deciding how the day will progress, no matter what you do. However, the one thing you don’t want to do is to be in charge of scheduling on your wedding day. You have enough to worry about, without running around and trying to make sure everything is happening at the right time. Hire a coordinator instead.

 

DIY: Stationery

 

One of the first things that you’re likely to do for your wedding is send out save the date cards or invitations. The good thing about these is that even when you choose a professional route, you can still do a bit of DIY. You can either make your stationery from scratch (try to keep it simple), or you can use a website that will allow you to customize everything. This is an easy way to put your personal touch on your stationery while also saving money and receiving a professional finish.

 

Professional: Flowers

 

Flowers are everywhere at a wedding, from the venue to the bridal party bouquets and the groomsmen’s boutonnieres. It could be easy to convince yourself when looking at flower arrangements, that you could easily do it yourself. However, flower arranging is more difficult than you think. Not only that but if you do it yourself, you need to deal with collecting and arranging your flowers at the last minute. You don’t need that just before you get married. Use a professional florist if you want to have all of your flowers ready on time.

DIY: Decorations

 

If you want to help with decorating, making some decorations could be a lot easier for you to handle. They’re not going to perish before the big day, so you can make them in advance. Even paper decorations can look charming if you choose the right design. In particular, creating decorations for the ceremony is a good way to save some money. The ceremony won’t last long, so spending a lot of money on decorating might not be a priority for you. It’s easy to create some baskets of flowers or buy some candles (or LED lights) and decorate to your liking.

 

 

Professional: Cake

 

Even if you’re a seasoned baker, who has taken on similar challenges, who wants to spend the days before their wedding making their cake? Baking and decorating a cake that’s big enough to feed all your guests can take a long time, and then you have to get it to the venue. If you’re determined to bake your own cake, you’ll have to be prepared for a lot of stress. Using a professional is much easier, and you can still customize it to your liking.

 

DIY: Party Favors

 

If you want to provide a sweet treat for your guests, doing it with your party favors is a much easier DIY option. It’s not difficult to put together a few little gifts, whether you choose candy or something else. You can turn inexpensive items into something a bit more special just by adding a couple of your own details. For example, a candle can be a lot more presentable just by putting it in a glass holder and tying a ribbon around it. You can get your favors ready long before the wedding, so it won’t stress you out.

Professional: Outfits

 

Obviously, you want everyone to look their best on your wedding day. Some people do decide to make their own wedding outfits, which you could do over an extended period before your wedding. If you feel confident about it, it might be something you choose to do. However, unless you’re an experienced sewer, it’s not a great idea. If you want custom outfits, you can have a dress made or shop Chookhare.com for custom suits. There are some experienced professionals who can give you want you want so you can look perfect for your wedding.

 

DIY: Accessories

 

One thing you might find a bit easier to DIY is your accessories. It’s not as difficult to sew some pocket squares or even make a necklace as it is to make an entire dress or suit. If you want to make your own wedding jewelry, one of the easiest ways to do it is to learn to thread beads and choose some that you like. Another great option is to take a workshop. You can even make your own wedding rings under the guidance of an expert.

Professional and DIY: Photography

 

A lot of people will warn you not to DIY your photography. While it’s true that you probably want to avoid only having DIY photography, it doesn’t mean you can’t mix it up a bit. If you’re trying to save some money, consider having a professional photographer for the ceremony and perhaps a few photos afterward. For the rest of the day, you might consider something else. Maybe you have a friend who’s learning photography or does it for a hobby who you can trust (check their work first). Or you might just want to rely on your guests to take some photos. You’d be surprised how many accidentally excellent photos your guests can take. And, let’s face it, do you really need hundreds of professional photos of everyone dancing and getting drunk?

 

You can make your wedding special by choosing to DIY some of the elements. Just be careful about what you DIY and what you entrust to a professional.

Summer Recap So Far

This summer has been so busy! We’ve been jamming our weekends full of activities, and doing our best to soak up these last few weekends of summer. Our boy is going into Kindergarten this year. He’s officially going to be my big kid, going to elementary school. I’m not quite ready to accept it yet. So this is our last summer before the start of what I know will be a whirlwind school year.

So far this summer we have gone to the zoo twice, took a super quick trip to Sonoma County, took Piglet to his first fair and rodeo, and of course in typical us fashion, visited friends locally, had friends visit us, and we’ve managed a bunch of house projects too.

The trip to Sonoma County was incredible. We got to catch up with so many of our close friends, like Couple Friends, Old Married Couple (and Baby!), Geeky and her family, and an old friend of Match’s that he went through academy with. The In-laws let us use their home to host a pool party, and we had an amazing time.

It was also our first time coming back after the fires. It was pretty emotional, and once again we are so grateful that no one lost their lives. We got to hear Couple Friends’ story first hand, and hear how they’re rebuilding after they lost their home. I’m so amazed at their bravery and strength through everything. I also couldn’t get over just how big their kids are now. I love that even though we hadn’t seen so many of these friends in such a long time, it didn’t feel like time had passed. I guess that is what makes them good friends. You don’t have to see them every day to keep that connection.

Meeting Old Married Couple’s baby was the highlight of that trip. We then got to see them again last weekend when they made the trip up to Portland. We got to visit the zoo and spend some extra time with them. I hope we get to see everyone again soon, and we’re hoping we can get some of them to come stay with us in Oregon.

We’ve got some more fun things planned for the rest of the summer, including a wedding for one of Match’s co-workers, hopefully a trip to the coast, and we need to get our canoe out on the water one of these days. What are your plans for the summer? Are you taking time to enjoy it?

The Battle of the Front Door

As some of you may recall, we took on the huge task of painting the exterior of our house. We both agreed on the color of the house, but we could not agree on the color for the front door.

After a pretty heated debate, which we took to Facebook, I finally conceded to Match, and we went with the green.

I still think my color was better, so he compromised and we painted the inside my color, and the outside his. The outside is Sherwin Williams Parrot Green, and the inside is Sherwin Williams Seakiss. Here’s the before of the inside:

No matter what I do, the door keeps getting grimy, so my hope is that the new paint also repels grime. Either way, I’m so in love with this blue color. It just makes me smile to look at that happy door. It almost makes up for the glaring bright green on the other side! I kid, I kid. But seriously, it’s so green though. But that’s marriage isn’t it? We compromise for the people we love. And with that, I give you the lovely blue interior front door. Isn’t it so pretty?

Have you ever painted the interior of your front door? Have you ever compromised on paint color to make your partner happy? I’d love to hear your experiences in the comments!

 

Piglet’s First Fireworks

Happy belated 4th of July! Piglet is finally at the age where we felt like we could let him stay up late enough to watch the fireworks. We found a place that had a 3rd of July showing, since Match had to work on the 5th. We went to Devil’s Lake, a place we had never been.

We expected it to be kind of crowded, but we lucked out with a great spot with an awesome view of the lake and the fireworks show. Piglet was thrilled with the playground, and he was so excited about the fireworks.

I loved experiencing the show through his eyes, watching his awe.

 

For the 4th, we went to a car show with my friend L

followed by a game of disc golf at the park and a picnic. Piglet insisted that we cheers with our sandwiches.

Hope you all had a great 4th of July!

New Concrete Counters

Keeping this DIY bug rolling, we finally got our counters replaced. We have been wanting concrete countertops for years, but we didn’t want to deal with the hassle of making them ourselves. We found a guy who did it for super cheap as a side business, provided we do our own demo, and Match had help from our neighbor friends for the install. They were beasts!

Here’s a lovely reminder of what it looked like when we moved in. Brown, leaf print formica. Why, just…why?

Also, remember that floor? And that cabinet color? I do not miss either of those.  While I waited for my counters, I used a laminate contact paper for a super cheap temporary fix. It looked good from far away, but up close it was pretty hideous.

I am so in love with them! I finally have my dream kitchen!

I think eventually we might do a true backsplash, but for now I’m happy with the blue color under the cabinets. I am also super happy with the sink. It’s HUGE! I could probably fit my five year old in it. I love the single sink, and the larger sprayer, and pull down faucet. It even has a strainer grate, so I don’t have to look at the dishes drying on the counter anymore.