Although do-it-yourself weddings have occurred for decades, Pinterest, the economy and the “trend” of DIY has taken weddings to a new level; sometimes to a level I personally do not understand. Don’t get me wrong, literally putting your own personal touch on some aspects of your wedding can be charming and add sentimental or unique value. However, when you are considering “doing the wedding yourself” instead of hiring professionals, think twice.
I understand if you are thinking, “I’m on a budget and I’m not sure if I can afford professional vendors.” But know that there are more wedding professionals than ever willing and ready to assist you. Also, if you think that doing things yourself will save you money, the end results might cost you more (both financially and emotionally).
Take a look into the following vendors and see why hiring a wedding professional may be money well spent:
Food/Cake: People love to rave about a good meal, and love to complain about a bad one. Either way, your guests will remember the food. So while asking your mom to cook your favorite dishes or your aunt to make your cake may seem like a way to make things personal and save some money, the food and the cake are best left to the professionals. A caterer will know what foods are best served in which season, how to accommodate guests with dietary needs or restrictions, and how to cook on a large scale for an event with many guests. A baker will ensure the cake not only tastes great but looks great too!
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 photos on 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 treasured forever, so consider hiring a pro to capture your special day.
Music: It’s certainly inexpensive and easy to make a playlist on your iPod. But a band or a DJ has a presence, and is there for the opportunity to add another layer of warmth, personality, and vibe to your wedding. Asking a friend to manage the music and make the announcements is asking them to work and not enjoy your wedding. A DJ or Band MC 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—your iPod can’t.
Flowers: Deciding to have flowers or not or choosing to have real ones or fake ones is a no-brainer. Even if you want to limit the amount of flowers at your wedding, definitely go with real ones. Fake flowers are just that…fake. They are not as pretty, do not have that sweet fragrance and do not represent such an honest and pure day. Also, if you are having an outdoor wedding, real flower petals are biodegradable, where wind blows “silk” petals everywhere leaving the grounds littered. Hiring a professional florist will save you precious time on the day of your wedding too. Picking up flowers, cutting them and arranging them might seem like a good idea, until your big day comes and you find yourself rushing to get dressed, wanting to spend time with your bridal party and starting to stress.
Planning/Coordinating: Sure, you’re organized, you know exactly what you want, you like being in control, and you enjoy the planning. But whether you choose to have a planner for the entire duration of the wedding, or a day-of coordinator, professional help can mean the difference between an event that feels handmade and inviting, and an event that feels rushed and disorganized. A coordinator dedicates 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 ensures that the end of your wedding is perfectly wrapped up nice and neat. Having a planner will allow you to be worry-free and truly experience your wedding day.
Your wedding is possibly the one and only opportunity that you will host the largest celebration of your life with the people that mean the most to you. So why not treat yourself and your loved ones to a stress-free time with great food, amazing service and quality products provided by professionals? After all, it is your wedding day!
Written by: Lauren Allen, Director of Sales and Marketing