Thursday, 6 February 2014
DIY vs THINGS BEST LEFT TO THE PROFESSIONALS
Planning your dream wedding is exciting, yet can very quickly become very stressful, especially if you plan on doing any part of the wedding yourself. So before you run out to the local craft store and buy supplies to make anything you’ve ever seen on Pinterest, take some time to prioritize what is most important to you and your spouse-to-be. Do you care most about food? Music? The dress? Once you’ve pinpointed your priorities, plan a budget and either DIY or hire professionals accordingly. Here’s what Rambling House suggests on where to splurge on expert help, and where DIY is best.
What To DIY
Dance lessons: People don’t 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 an awkward 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!
Drinks: Keep it simple. There are some delicious sparkling wines available for a fraction of the cost of Champagne. Get some favorite beers and wine, but don’t break the bank: your guests are not going to be checking labels and complaining that you didn’t get top-shelf brands. Design a signature cocktail for the wedding, and create your own “base” to have on hand—DIY sours, cosmopolitan mix, or infused vodka for example. Not only will you have fun designing the drink, but guests will remember it, and you won’t have to buy liquors and mixers for tons of different drinks.
Leave To The Professionals:
Planning/ coordinating: Sure, you’re organized, you know exactly what you want, you like being in control, and you have a million friends and relatives who have promised to help. But whether you choose to have a planner for the entire duration of the wedding, or simple a day-of coordinator, professional help can mean the difference between an event that feels handmade and inviting, and an event that feels cheap and disorganized. A professional vows to dedicate themselves to making sure you and your fiancé are happy, that the event will look as good in real life as it does in your head, and that no one gets lost or goes hungry. Having a DIY wedding is fun and fantastic, but ensure you hire professionals who will take care of you guest.
Photography: 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 the best for different kinds of shots, and will think to get different shots 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.
MOST IMPORTANT FOOD
Food: People love to rave about a good meal, and love to complain about a bad one. So 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 things personal and save some money, the food is really best left to a caterer. A caterer will know what sorts of foods are appropriate for which sorts of events, what time to serve different courses, how to combine you and your partner’s different tastes, how to accommodate guests with dietary needs or restrictions, and how to cook on a large scale for an event with many guests.