Here at Home to Indy, we work with a lot of engaged couples, excitedly looking for their first home together. We understand that paying for a wedding and purchasing a house simultaneously can be potentially very expensive, which is why we're all for saving a few dollars by doing it yourself. But some details of the wedding should be left to the pros. Here, we'll unpack what should go in each category.
What to DIY
Some florists charge outrageous fees to create beautiful rustic wedding floral arrangements. But with a little creativity, you can create your own for a fraction of the cost. Adding some wildflowers in a simple vase or jar accented with twine can be stunning. If you’re looking for more traditional flowers, consider heading to the grocery store and buying a few big bouquets, then split them up into several different vases. Smaller, simple arrangements are easy to put together yourself, cost less, and add a laid-back feel to the event.
Let's be honest: people don’t really dance anymore. They may stand in a circle at a club or sway back and forth at a concert, but who wants that caught on camera for their first dance? So couples everywhere shell out big bucks to get dance lessons before their big day. But why? Instead of going to a dance studio and paying tons of money, invite your bridal party over, have some drinks, and look up waltz tutorials on YouTube. You’ll be far more comfortable surrounded by friends, and the best part: it’s free!
Why go with an overpriced set of embossed invitations printed in a hard-to-read font when you can make your own invitations instead? DIY invitations are more personal, casual, and generally far less expensive than paying someone else to do it. Whether you use a photo software program, convince a designer friend to whip something up for you, or create something simple yourself using PhotoShop, DIY wedding invitations are the way to go. Not only are they cheaper, but DIY invites allow the unique personality of the couple to really shine.
What to Leave to the Professionals
These days everyone knows someone with a quality camera and a good eye. But before you agree to let your mom’s friend or your neighbor take the photos of your big day, remember that there are advantages to hiring a photographer. A professional won’t know anyone at the event, so they won’t be socializing and potentially miss important moments. A photographer will also understand where the lighting is best, what time of day is good for different kinds of shots, and will think creatively to take pictures that a family friend might not consider. Your wedding photos will be something you treasure for years to come, so consider spending some money to ensure that they are perfect.
It’s certainly inexpensive and easy to make a playlist, bring out the iHome, and simply provide the music for your event in that fashion. But a band or DJ has a presence and is there for the opportunity to add another layer of warmth, personality, and hospitality to your wedding. They can take requests, set the pace of the event, and change the types of music they’re playing based on the mood of the crowd, which your ipod can’t do.
While asking your mom to cook your favorite dishes or considering making part or all of the meal yourself might seem like a way to make your special day personal and save some money, the food is really best left to a caterer. A professional will know what sorts of foods are appropriate for which sorts of events, what time to serve different courses, how to combine different tastes, how to accommodate guests with dietary restrictions, and how to cook on a large scale for an event with many guests. Take some time to sample different caterers’ foods, peruse their menus and package offerings, and seek out reviews online and from friends to find one that you love.
What did you DIY for your wedding? Are there other things you'd recommend adding to our list? Let us know in the comments below!