It seems like every wedding these days is full of personal, hand-crafted details made by the bride and groom. And while these wedding DIY projects are great, what if you’re not the crafty type — or really don’t have time to bust out that glue gun when you’ve got a wedding to plan? We asked our experts if those DIY details are really necessary. Here’s what they had to say.
While Do-It-Yourself projects can definitely add a personal touch to your wedding day (and, if you’re smart about it, sometimes save you a little cash), that handmade aspect is not required. Planning a wedding can feel like a second full-time job, so why overburden yourselves with a project that you could easily pay someone else to do? And if you don’t have an artistic bone in your body, there’s no reason to stress about suddenly becoming creative for the sake of your wedding day.
The great news is there are many other ways to personalize your big day without heading to the craft store. Work closely with your vendors to find the details that really speak to you, from a menu full of your favorite dishes to a DJ’s set list that highlights the songs you love to dance to. Include family and friends in your ceremony to really speak to the story of your relationship, and make sure the bartenders are mixing the drink you pour every Friday night, and your guests will feel like they’re at a celebration that’s all about you.
You can also add a DIY feel to your wedding by including handmade details, even if the hands that made them belong to professionals instead of the two of you. Edible favors like cookies are homey and delicious, even if your kitchen doesn’t have space for 12 dozen of them. Handwritten calligraphy on envelopes and escort cards give paper goods a personal feeling that a printer can’t come close to. And an acoustic guitarist crooning your first dance song, while he or she isn’t one of the two of you, gives that moment an emotional touch you can’t get from a recording.