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8 Things You Should Never DIY for Your Wedding

Leave these projects to the professionals.

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Many crafty brides rely on DIY projects to help personalize their day and stretch their budget, but even the most Pinterest-savvy women should leave some wedding elements to the professionals. Here are eight items a bride should never tackle herself.

 

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Floral Arrangements

Perishable flowers must be handled shortly before the ceremony, which cuts into the time meant for getting ready and relaxing with loved ones. You don't want to spend the morning of your wedding worrying about trimming stems and assembling bouquets, centerpieces, and boutonnieres. Plus, your handmade floral arrangements probably won't live up to your expectations—even if you're a seasoned gardener. Hiring a professional florist is your best bet to getting beautiful bunches of blooms.

 

If you really don't want to dish out the extra money for a florist, consider looking elsewhere for cheap blooms. According to Michelle Edgemont, an event planner and stylist in New York City, there are alternatives. Floral programs at local schools may be able to provide simple, inexpensive arrangements, and new florists may offer lower prices while first getting their foot in the door of the industry. 

 

Wedding Cake

Do you ever wonder why wedding cakes are so expensive? Elegant multi-tiered desserts take lots of time to bake and decorate. It's easy to mess up delicate decorations, or put a tad too much flour in the mixture, and be left with a less-than-suitable creation. Since your cake will get plenty of attention at your wedding, leave the task to a bakery. Or, if you're intent on saving money, Edgemont suggests having a relative make the cake or decorating a plain confection from the grocery store.  

 

Photography

Maybe your second cousin took a couple of photography classes in college and offered to shoot your wedding, or maybe your best friend wants to test her new high-tech digital camera. Unless you're extremely strapped for money, hire a professional photographer instead. "Photographing a wedding is a lot different than spending the day with your camera and having all the time in the world to get the perfect shot," says Edgemont. "It takes a lot of skill and technical know-how." Professional wedding photographers understand angles and lighting. They also know which shots to take, when to take them, and how to properly pose the couple. Your wedding photos will create memories for years to come, so don't risk being disappointed in the final results.  

 

Food

Edgemont says she wouldn't recommend making your own food for the reception, especially if you're inviting more than 40 people. A vast amount of work goes into preparing a large quantity of food, which creates added stress before the wedding. Additionally, a bride who makes her own food must consider storage space for the dishes and the logistics of transportation. If you don't want to hire a caterer, consider asking relatives to provide dishes.

 

Hair and Makeup

On your wedding day, take advantage of the opportunity to get glammed up by a hair and makeup squad. A professional is especially helpful if you want a complicated hairstyle like a chignon, or if you aren't too confident with an eyeshadow brush. However, beauty-loving brides can definitely whip out their own stash of hair products and makeup tools. Even Kate Middleton did her own makeup for her wedding to Prince William. If you decide to create your own bridal look, Edgemont recommends doing a trial run before the wedding, and have someone take photographs of the final result. "You need more makeup to look natural in photographs than you think you do," she says. Also keep in mind that since your hair and makeup are done merely hours before walking down the aisle, you won't have much time or resources to fix any beauty blunders.

 

Music

Nowadays, playing music at your reception can be as simple as pressing a button on an iPod. While digital playlists may be suitable for brunch weddings and cocktail parties, you should think twice about the tunes you choose for a traditional evening reception. Live music is usually best at exciting crowds and creating a fun atmosphere, since bands and DJs interact with guests and take requests. Plus, you risk all sorts of technical problems by relying on your tiny iPod.

 

Your Dress

No matter how skilled you are with a needle and thread, you should never DIY your dress. Lots of stress comes with crafting your dream gown, and making one simple mistake could ruin the entire piece. If you simply can't find the perfect dress at a store, consider having a seamstress create a custom design for you. The price tag may be hefty, it's better to be safe than sorry when dealing with a central aspect of your wedding.

 

Anything Large or Time Consuming

As a general rule, only DIY items that can be completed weeks or months before the ceremony. Time-sensitive tasks create unnecessary stress and pressure to reach a specific deadline. Also, Edgemont says that brides should never take on DIY project that requires them to learn a new skill. If a bride wants to create something for her wedding, Edgemont suggests that she take on small and manageable projects, like the table numbers, escort cards, place cards, stationery, welcome bags, or signage.

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About the Author

Nicole Harris

Nicole fell in love with the bridal industry after a summer internship with Martha Stewart Weddings. Although she's still a couple of years away from tying the knot, she can't help planning her own Big Day. She's crazy about creative DIY décor, classic lace gowns, colorful invitations, and huge (preferably endless) dessert spreads. Until it's time to pick her first dance song, though,...

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