Living during the economic roller coaster of 2008 to “end it already!”, has made the majority of people re-evaluate what they find important in life and more conscientious about how they are spending their hard earned dollars. This trend of cautious consumerism has definitely carried over into the wedding industry. Over the last year or so, I have seen many brides and grooms get creative in the name of love in order to figure out how to make their wedding happen, without breaking the bank. Some brides and grooms are scaling back the size of their wedding, some are postponing their nuptials until they are on more sturdy financial ground, and others still are finding out ways to “Do It Themselves” in order to save on wedding services. As an event planner, I definitely applaud people brainstorming creative ways to stay within budget and certainly agree that everyone needs to make some adjustments to find alternative ways to live and socialize on a smaller budget.
However, after hearing several DIY horror stories, I have begun to wonder if “going it alone” on you wedding day is actually a cost effective and time efficient way to plan your wedding. I have heard of supplies not showing up when they were supposed to, leaving brides and their wedding parties scrounging local craft shoppes to find all the materials needed for the DIY decor and favour ideas (not only is this incredibility stressful, but they ended up paying twice for the necessary supplies). I’ve heard of brides and grooms creating all their wedding decorations, then hating how everything turned out. In order to have their wedding the way they envisioned it, the couple ended up calling in a professional at the last minute (again double the price). One couple asked friend to be their “photographer” for their wedding and ended up deleting their memory stick at the end of the night…leaving the couple without formal pictures!! Another shutter-worthy story is a groom that had his brother DJ the wedding with his iPod. The problem was, he only downloaded about one hour worth of songs specifically for the wedding. The rest of the night was either on repeat or a selection of gansta rap that said brother had in his usual repertoire. Uuhggg.
From my perspective, marrying the person that I love is a once in a lifetime opportunity that needs to be memorable and everything I imagined the day to be. That doesn’t mean blowing the budget, but instead, figuring out ways to make your wedding your perfect day at your perfect price point. That starts by sitting down and realistically thinking about what is most cost and time effective? Where are the areas of your wedding you care about the most and would like to invest the most money? What areas or wedding product services do you not care as much about and can either eliminate or not invest as much for those services? Most importantly, how are you, as the bride and groom, going to enjoy the day the most? Ask yourself those questions and see if DIY still comes out on top. You may be surprised by the answer.
42nd Annual Hamilton-Halton Spring Wedding Show
January 8 & 9, 2011The Hamilton Convention Centre
14th Annual Niagara Spring Wedding Show
January 15 & 16, 2011, Quality Parkway Hotel & Convention Centre, St. Catharines