Wedding Planning, Part 1: Is DIY Right for You?

Do-It-Yourself Bride Creating Bradesmaid's BouquetsWhether you’ve been planning your wedding day since you were in second grade or you only recently realized that marriage is a plunge you’re willing to take, you want your big day to be special. Thanks to the ubiquity of planning websites and crafting resources, do-it-yourself weddings have become increasingly popular. Yet, no one can deny the simplicity of handing the affair over to a professional wedding planner. We’ve created this two-part guide to help you decide whether DIY is best for you or whether you’d best leave the planning to the professionals. 

Pros and Cons of Doing It Yourself

Many brides and grooms relish the opportunity to pull together the many elements and vendors needed to design and execute their dream wedding.

Pro: You Have Creative Control

If you’re the kind of person who has multiple wedding-related Pinterest boards and who loves the challenge of bringing a vision to life, doing it yourself might be the right path for you. There’s no need to compromise and you can unleash all the inner creativity.

Pro: It Can be Cheaper

Creating your own flower designs, favors, decorating elements, and table arrangements can be significantly cheaper than buying them ready-made. Doing it yourself allows you to scour the web and local resources for great deals on materials and for second-hand materials.

Pro: You Have Lots of Planning Resources

Do a quick Google search of “wedding planning websites” and you’ll find a host of online resources designed to help you plan and keep track of every aspect of your wedding. They’re mostly easy to use, inexpensive or free, and have been designed to address and even anticipate hiccups in the planning process.

Com: You Might Get Overwhelmed

Somewhere between handcrafting napkin rings and going over the 5th version of the catering menu, you might find yourself ready to tear your hair out. Planning and executing a wedding yourself can be extremely time-consuming and saving a bundle on decorating supplies might not be worth the stress.

Ultimately, this is a decision you have to make for yourself. However, it’s important to keep in mind that many wedding venues may require you to use their vendors. Wedding and reception venues that allow you to select your own vendors (like Texas Old Town) is the best bet for DIY brides.

About Our Texas Hill Country Wedding and Event Venue:

The natural beauty of the Texas Hill Country and the rustic charm of our four unique venue sites create the perfect wedding or event venue for any budget. We offer the flexibility to choose your own vendors or opt for an all-inclusive package. Conveniently located near Austin, San Marcos, and San Antonio, Texas Old Town is sure to make your wedding, special event, or corporate event something to remember! To schedule a tour of our event venue in Kyle, TX, call our office today at (512) 396-1800 or complete our online contact form.

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