DIYing just allowed me to pay for the things I really cared about, while making our guests think all of the DIYed stuff was intentional, when in reality it was saving me money.
For instance, paper goods. I imagined a design in my head and pulled it off by finding a cute rubberstamp and two fonts I loved. (The stamp was $14 and the fonts were free). I put those bad boys on EVERYTHING. Invitations, tissue packets, programs, placecards, menu cards, letters, favors, bar menus, thank you cards, everything. Everyone thought we had some custom suite designed and instead I had been maniacally rubberstamping everything at my kitchen table for months.
Flowers were the same thing. I had my dream florist do my bouquets, but made up the difference by DIYing all of the pew and altar flowers, bouts, corsages, and centerpieces. Having my florist do all of the flowers would have eaten like 1/3 of my wedding budget! But I knew exactly what flowers I wanted and how I wanted everything to look, so we were able to pull it off.
The things I didn’t want to skimp on, I didn’t. We splurged on our church, guest shuttles, flying in my husband’s favorite ice cream from Michigan, and our amazing photographer. And they were worth every penny. But we saved the difference by having small wedding, a cheap cake, painting my own caketopper, making our own favors, designing our own paper goods, doing our own flowers, bringing our own booze, having a lunch reception, buying a $10 cardbox from Walmart, having a friend DJ off his laptop, and showing up to the church in my mom’s minivan.
In the end, we came in on budget, paid cash, and everyone had a wonderful time. 🙂