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DIY Weddings


Planning a DIY wedding can be a rewarding and cost-effective way to create a personalized and memorable event. Here are some steps to guide you through the process:


 1. Set a Budget

Determine Your Total Budget: Know how much you can spend and allocate funds to different categories such as venue, catering, attire, decorations, and photography.


Track Expenses: Use a spreadsheet or budgeting app to monitor your spending.


2. Choose a Date and Venue

Select a Date: Consider the season, weather, and availability of key guests.


Find a Venue: Look for affordable options such as parks, backyards, community centres, or rental properties, there are also now lots of wedding venues who offer their venue as fully DIY. Ensure the venue can accommodate your guest list and any specific needs (e.g., electricity, restrooms).


3. Create a Guest List

Decide on the Number of Guests: Keep it manageable based on your budget and venue capacity.


Send Save-the-Dates and Invitations: Use digital invitations to save money, or DIY paper invites if you prefer a physical option.


4. Plan the Ceremony and Reception

Ceremony Details: Decide on the format, officiant, and any readings or music.

Consider writing your own vows. Celebrants are becoming very popular, and can make the ceremony more personal and intimate. 


Reception Plan: Arrange for seating, dining, and entertainment. Think about the flow of events such as toasts, dances, and cake cutting. Keep the day about you, and plan things you would love as a couple. 


5. DIY Decorations and Details

Theme and Colours: Choose a theme or colour scheme to guide your decor choices.


DIY Projects: Make your own centrepieces, bouquets, and other decorations. Enlist friends and family to help with crafting.

Lighting and Ambiance: Use string lights, candles, or lanterns to create a warm atmosphere.


6. Catering and Cake

Food and Drinks: Consider options like a pizza vans, food trucks, or self-catering with prepared dishes. Ensure there are options for various dietary needs.


Wedding Cake: Bake your own cake, ask a talented friend, or opt for a simple cake from a local bakery.


7. Photography and Music

Photographer: Hire a professional or ask a talented friend. Provide a shot list to ensure key moments are captured.


Music: Create playlists for different parts of the day or hire a DJ/band. Consider using a sound system or renting audio equipment. There are some incredible artists out there who are just starting out and can be found within your budget. 


8. Attire

Bride and Groom Outfits: Look for affordable options such as off-the-rack dresses and suits, second-hand stores, or online marketplaces.


Bridal Party: Coordinate colours and styles, but let attendants choose their own outfits to save costs. 


9. Legalities and Paperwork

Marriage License: Research the requirements and obtain your marriage license ahead of time if needed.


Permits: If needed, secure permits for your venue or any special activities. Some venues have everything you need, but be sure to check. 


10. Rehearsal and Final Preparations

Rehearsal: Practice the ceremony with key participants to ensure everyone knows their roles.


Final Check: Confirm all details with vendors, helpers, and participants. Prepare a timeline for the wedding day.


11. Enjoy Your Day

Delegate Tasks: Assign responsibilities to trusted friends or family members so you can relax and enjoy your wedding day.


Stay Present: Focus on the moment and celebrate with your loved ones.


Planning a DIY wedding requires organization, creativity, and help from your community. By taking on many tasks yourself, you can create a unique and personal celebration that reflects your love story.



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