Me and Jim have been married for almost 5 years now.  Our wedding was a bit of a DIY wedding.  I made the invites, order of service booklets, favours, and guest book.  My Mum sorted the flowers and table decorations.  My Mum’s friends made the food.  It was amazing, and looked so beautiful.

The 14 months we planned our wedding in passed by so quickly but everything came together in the end. 

Over the course of the planning I picked up quite a few tips to help other DIY Brides and I’m going to share them with you today.

Don’t underestimate how quickly time flies

When we initially started planning the wedding, 14 months seemed like a lifetime.  I soon realised it wasn’t.  It took me 6 months to decide on a colour scheme… which meant I had just 8 months to get the rest of it sorted… and only 2 months to get the invites out.

Luckily, it came together and hard work paid off. 

Although, I would definitely recommend having your colour scheme sorted as soon as possible. 

Research, research, and more research

Pinterest, Twitter, Google.  They are your friends.  I didn’t buy a single wedding magazine, nor did I attend a single Wedding Show in the lead up to our wedding.  Mainly because I knew we wouldn’t be able to afford many of the services offered.

If you are looking for a venue, most register offices have lists of approved wedding venues, or you could do a quick Google search which will bring up a whole host of results.  You can then look at each website and figure out which ones are worth a visit.

I knew where I wanted to get married, I also knew where I wanted to hold to reception so that was easy for me. 

Don’t forget to research colour schemes, guest book ideas, favour ideas, order of service books etc.

Shop around

I used eBay for much of my DIY Bride supplies.  From paper stock, card stock, embellishments etc. 

I also made sure I ordered enough in one shipment so I saved on postage and ensured that the colours were from the same batch.

Do remember, though, that sometimes you get what you pay for.  So while those 50 cards are cheaper than the 25 cards, maybe, just maybe, there’s a reason for it.

I ended up feeling very proud of my accomplishments.  My invites, order of service booklets and favours looked amazing.

Make sure you have a decent printer… that works

My printer was fine.  Perfectly fine… until 10 days before the wedding when I was finishing the printing of the Order of Service.  It printed one out of 50 copies and refused to print any more. 

I had a meltdown… cried… screamed… yelled… howled… everything.  It would mean 90 minutes out of my already very busy day to buy a new printer. 

It actually turned out to be the best thing.  The broken printer only printed double sided if I manually turned it.  The new printer was super clever and did everything automatically… actually, I still have it now. 

So, what I’m getting at here is… unless your printer is new or a super fangled dangled one… make sure it isn’t going to die on you last minute. 

Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

I planned some things on my own, but much of it was done with my Mum.  Very often the mother of the bride (and groom) like to get involved with the planning and creating of beautiful weddings.

As much as I didn’t do LOADS with my Mum… we did do the important things… such as looking for an outfit that was the perfect fit for the mother of the bride. It took a while but it was a lovely day out talking about the perfect wedding.

Finally, enjoy the planning

Unless you have plans of getting married for a second time, this will be the only time you you’re your wedding.  Remember, it is about you and your husband-to-be not everyone else.  Don’t be afraid to have the things you want.  Don’t be afraid of making them the way you want to make them.

Enjoy planning your wedding, choose wisely, enjoy creating beautiful, one-of-a-kind items that people will appreciate. 

Weddings don’t have to be expensive affairs that mean you start your married life with credit card bills longer than your arm. 

Doing it yourself is far more fun and satisfying than paying someone to do it.