Handling some wedding tasks yourself can be a great way to personalize your event and save money. But don’t go too far, says wedding expert Annie Lee, principal planner for event planning firm Daughter of Design. Her rule of thumb? “If you can do it months in advance while you’re watching TV, go for it,” she says. “If it’s time-sensitive, don’t risk it. And whatever you do, don’t bake.”
The final days before your wedding will be hectic: last-minute errands, family in town, seating charts to finalize, rehearsal and rehearsal dinner, packing for the honeymoon and more. There’s no room for anything unnecessary.
Smart DIY Choices
Invitations and other paper items. If you’re crafty — or you have a friend who’s a nifty graphic designer — DIY invitations can be a highly personalized touch that won’t cost you a fortune. “You can even cut your own envelope liners from wallpaper to dress them up,” Annie says. “I also had a client make a rubber stamp of her menu, which she inked and applied to paper doilies. You could get a calligrapher or do it yourself on the Computer.”
Decor items, such as centerpieces and other reception focal points. “One of my brides is trying to fold a thousand paper cranes for her December wedding,” Annie says.
Fashion accessories. These aren’t easy for everybody, but if you have the knack, handmade earrings, necklaces and belts can be fantastic wedding party gifts. You can even custom-dye your bridesmaids’ dresses if that skill is something you’re known for, and it will be meaningful to your friends to wear something made with love.
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