Smart Do’s and Don’ts of DIY Weddings

Smart Do’s and Don’ts of DIY Weddings

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Planning a wedding can be overwhelming, not to mention expensive. You may be tempted to do everything yourself so you have control and save a few pennies, but over DIY-ing can be stressful and lead to less than optimal results. Find the happy medium between having a professional do the work and doing it yourself with these quick tips:

Save the Dates and Invitations. Have a friend with a little graphic design skill? Put them to work. Paper materials are a great way to get in touch with your crafty side and add a personal touch to your wedding. Plus, the materials you find at any craft store are the same level that professionals use, so you can DIY without sacrificing quality.

Makeup. You do your makeup everyday, so you know what works. Turn up the drama for your wedding and do your makeup in the comfort of your own home without having to worry about making it to an appointment on time. Do a trial run a few weeks before to make sure everything is exactly how you want it.

Centerpieces. Another place where you can let your imagination run wild, centerpieces can unite a wedding theme and give guests a true flavor of the bride and groom's personalities. Collect trinkets from your courtship or showcase your favorite flowers; DIY centerpieces can't be matched by the pros in their sentimentality.

Favors. Use this as an opportunity to leave guests with a lasting impression. Tie the favor back to the theme or give them one of your favorite things. Homemade favors are fun and more meaningful than their run-of-the-mill professional counterparts.

Cake. Making and decorating a large wedding cake, not to mention transporting it, is much harder than it looks. Don't spend time worrying about the cake ingredients or little details-let a professional baker do what they do best for guaranteed tasty (and beautiful) results.

Catering. You'll have enough to worry about leading up to the wedding without preparing, storing, and presenting food. Professional caterers have things down to a science, plus they regularly work with other wedding vendors so they can ensure things are going smoothly across the board. il Tulipano has the gorgeous venue and catering covered all in one location for a seamless wedding that is perfect for you.

Flowers. Floral arrangements and bouquets play a large role in setting the stage for a wedding, but because they have to be made fresh, you'll spend the eve of your wedding arranging buds. Turn things over to a professional florist who can get you the freshest flowers and touch things up throughout the day.

Photos. After the cake is eaten and the dress doesn't fit anymore, wedding photos will be one thing that remains. Don't skimp on a good photographer. Even if a friend is skilled with a camera, give them the day off and let them be in the photo, instead of behind the lens.

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