When I first got into the wedding industry, my dream was to help brides that didn’t necessarily have the budget for a wedding planner. DIY wedding planning is where my heart is and I wanted to be creative and show that you can create a beautiful day with the imagination and know-how. I wanted to champion the DIY Wedding!! If you are here with me, (a very big welcome!) I would imagine that you too are interested in learning how to plan a DIY wedding!
Fast forward and I trained as a wedding planner, but that was going further away from the people that I wanted to help! I mean, it’s given me a fantastic knowledge and after years of coordinating weddings, I am finally living my dream of helping the DIY bride!
BUT what do I mean by DIY wedding? Ultimately, I see it as a fully planned wedding, with handmade elements that may (or may not!) assist with budget. My job, as I see it, is to educate so that you can make informed decisions for your own wedding. I will tell it like it is and give you advice from my 12 years’ experience. I can guide you to where to pitfalls are and how to plan, in a relaxed, stress free way. Essentially, I am talking about planning your own wedding without the expense of a planner.
A quick word on budget, just because you are having a DIY wedding, this does not mean that it will be cheap! This is a common misconception, but I am afraid that weddings cost, and that’s a fact.
Hiring a wedding planner may well save you some money as they will do the negotiating on your behalf and they know who and where to go for the best deals.
But if you are wanting to go ahead and do it yourself, just be mindful that you still need a good budget to create your dream wedding.
Another thing a planner will do for you, is take that stress away, so I hope that you find some of my articles on mindfulness helpful. What you don’t want to do is get so stressed out that it spoils the planning which believe it or not, should be fun!!!
If you are new here, you need to know that I LOVE a list. I am going to be bringing you lists for just about everything!!! Planning a DIY wedding will become a lot easier if you have planned a timeline around the fact that you will be doing it yourself, especially if you are crafting and creating stationery and table centres etc. It’s a fact that often gets forgotten about in planning lists, but DIY makes take time and you want this to be fun, not a complete rush!!
It’s also worth thinking about the timelines from all points of view, so a separate one for suppliers and vendors, and even from the guest’s point of view. You want to create an experience, a seamless, immersive day where it smoothly glides from moment to moment.
So keep a look out for my FREE lists and guides COMING SOON!!