If you’re planning a wedding, you’re probably already expecting to spend a fair amount of money on the entire occasion. The average amount spent on a traditional American wedding is $35,329. However, sometimes you’re looking for that little bit of extra flair that will really take your wedding to the next level without having to go over your budget. One easy way to personalize your luxurious wedding experience for an affordable cost? DIY projects. Here are a few tips to add DIY elements to your wedding that create personal touches for a truly luxurious experience.
Floral and Centerpiece Savings
No wedding is truly complete without plenty of beautiful flowers. From bouquets and boutonnieres to decorations to centerpieces, flowers are featured just about everywhere during a traditional wedding. In fact, flowers make up 7% to 8% of a typical wedding budget. However, if you need to cut down on your wedding’s budget, there are plenty of DIY sites available to help you manage your own flowers. You could even stop by your local florist or grocery store for supplies to create your on floral decorations.
If you’ve got some free time on your hands and a bit of a creative edge, why not test your hand at creating your wedding’s stationary and invitations? Plenty of couples getting married spend large amounts of money to have someone else manage their invitations for them, but if you’re feeling up to it, customizing your invitations can be a nice personal touch that helps you save. You don’t even necessarily need to have printed invitations – many are now using wedding websites and email invitations instead of traditional stationary.
Are you worried about meeting all the dietary restrictions of your guests, or do you have a specific set of allergies you need your wedding dinner to account for? While you might not necessarily want to handle all the catering for your wedding yourself, you could work with your caterer to help set up the menu. You could also prepare a course yourself, or recommend a series of ingredients to use to help your wedding meal fit a specific diet. For example, if you’re looking to add more greens and give a bit of a fancier feel to your dinner, ask your caterer to incorporate microgreens. Microgreens are a tiny form of edible greens produced from very young vegetable, herb or other plants. They range in size from 1 to 1.5 inches long, including the stem and leaves. Most caterers will be willing to work with you to create the perfect menu.
Helping Plan Honeymoons
If you’ve already spent money on all the major elements of your wedding, why not DIY some of the honeymoon plans? While you could work with a travel agent or a wedding planner to set up your honeymoon, crafting your own travel plans gives you a bit more flexibility. Besides, planning a honeymoon isn’t terribly different from planning a standard vacation, especially if you’re planning to travel within the United States. National airports are currently located within 31 states, and there are countless hotels, resorts, and more nationwide. Talk to your partner to pick out the first place you’ll visit as a married couple, and focus your planning efforts on the honeymoon.
Doing certain parts of the planning for your wedding yourself can help you add more customization to your wedding and bring in more luxury for less money. Do you plan on DIY-ing any parts of your wedding, and if so which parts? How much money will these DIY projects save you?