As a Phoenix Wedding DJ and Master of Ceremonies, I’ve seen all of the ways people have gone about cutting costs and adding personal touches to their weddings. One of the most common ways to accomplish this—and something that’s very “in” right now—is to DIY certain aspects of the ceremony and reception.
And yes, DIY is now a verb.
DIY has gotten so popular, that just about anything and everything has been that homemade touch. But should it?
Maybe this is an unpopular opinion, but some things should not be DIY. Not just because there are professionals that have been trained in that particular skillset, but for your own peace of mind. That being said, there are also some things that make great DIY projects!
If done right, DIY is the perfect way to cut costs and make your wedding stand out. Below I’ve made a list of some things I think work for wedding DIY projects, and some things I think don’t work:
Wedding DIY Do’s
- The Invitations
Nowadays, it’s pretty easy to make high-quality wedding invitations yourself. There’s no limit to what you can do, and there are a lot of easy-to-follow templates online. Making the invitations yourself is also a great way to show your guests that you care. With a small enough guest list, or enough determination, you can personalize each invitation with a fun little note. Have them printed at a local print shop or find a place online!
- The Centerpieces
The centerpieces at your reception are a great way to bring out creative side. They don’t have to be very complicated—in fact, it’s better that they’re not. An overly large centerpiece prevents guests from speaking to each other from across the table, and may even prevent them from seeing the main events. When it comes to centerpieces, it’s usually best to keep it simple.
- The Favors
Making your own wedding favors is a good way to save money and add a personal touch. Let the wedding favor tell your love story. Perhaps give guests some of your favorite candy? It won’t be too expensive to buy pretty bags and ribbon, and there are an endless number of gifts for you to fill the bags with. Don’t be afraid to get sentimental!
- The Place Cards
Decorating your own place cards can be really fun, especially if you have a themed wedding. If you’re having a beach wedding, the place cards could be disguised as fish in the sea. Maybe seashells in the sand? If it’s a more elegant wedding, feel free to have some fun with the calligraphy!
Signs are another great and easy way to get creative while adding a personal touch. You could do anything from a classy framed blackboard to the ring bearer wearing a sign that says “Has anybody seen the rings?” There’s no end to the ways that you can demonstrate YOU as a couple through words.
Wedding DIY Don’ts
- The Photos
Unless you have a friend who’s an actual wedding photographer, I would hire a professional to do this. There are a lot of photographers out there who are hobbyists more than anything, and this is one of the most important days of your life. You’re not going to want to remember it with blurred or off-center photos. Photographing an event is harder than you think, so please hire a professional. It can get expensive, but you won’t regret it when you have documents of the memories that will last a lifetime.
- The Cake
This is another one of those situations where people think, “I’ve made a cake before. Why pay for someone to do it?” I get it, I do. But unless you or a relative owns a bakery, I don’t recommend it. It’s so easy to mess up a cake, and so hard to fix it. They’re impossible to transport, and who actually knows how to professionally decorate them?
- The Food
If the biggest meal you’ve ever cooked was Thanksgiving dinner, you don’t want to try cooking for 100+ people. And if it’s not you, you really don’t want to ask your poor family to do it. A professional catering company has the kitchen and experience to cook for that many people. Let them do it. Your mom may make the best roast beef known to man, but she may not be able to make 30 of them at once.
- The Music/Entertainment
In this day in age, it’s easy to think “Why do I need a DJ? I have Spotify!” The thing about Spotify is that it can’t read a room. If the playlist is bombing, it won’t change. And someone still needs to stop the music and make announcements. They need to change the music. They need to make the playlist. They need to…be a DJ and MC. Some people ask their friends to do this, but it’s not really fair to ask them miss out on the wedding. Either they have to be a great DJ by missing out on all the activities and socializing, or a horrible DJ who drinks and hangs out with all their friends. See the problem?
If you’re searching for a great wedding DJ in Phoenix, look no further than DMR Entertainment. We’d love to help make your evening memorable. Contact us today to get the process started. We look forward to hearing from you!