Things a Bride Should Never DIY

Taking on some wedding tasks and projects yourself can be a great way to personalize your celebration and save money. But that doesn’t mean every aspect of your big day should be DIY-ed. Here’s a good rule of thumb: If you can do it months in advance while, say, you’re watching TV at home, go for it — save-the-dates, invitations, welcome bags, favours. But if it’s time-sensitive or just too big of an undertaking, don’t risk it. The final days before your wedding will be very hectic: last-minute errands, family in town, seating charts to finalize, ceremony rehearsal and rehearsal dinner, packing for the honeymoon, and more. There won’t be any down time to arrange flowers or bake the rest of the wedding desserts.
1. Flowers
Maybe you saw some “simple” Jam jar centre pieces on Pinterest and thought to yourself, “Hey, I can do that myself!” But doing your own wedding flowers is a lot more complicated than it seems. Since blooms are perishable, you’ll need to time the flower delivery so that they arrive shortly before the wedding, leaving you only a day — sometimes even hours — to arrange everything. That’s precious time better spent getting your nails done with your bridesmaids and relaxing with your family. Also, any good florist can deliver beautiful arrangements at a reasonable price; or, you can enlist a few crafty friends to take on the project so that you don’t have to.

2. Your Hair
If your wedding-hair vision involves the words “Old Hollywood,” “blowout,” or “side chignon,” hire a stylist. A professional can do your hair twice as well as you could (even if you practiced and practiced) and in half the time.
3. Planning/Coordinating
Sure, you’re super organized, you know exactly what you want, and you have a ton of friends and relatives who’ve promised to help. But having a professional run the wedding day can mean the difference between an event that feels polished and inviting, and an event that feels disorganized and chaotic. And whether you choose a full-on wedding planner or a day-of coordinator, their main goals will be to make sure you and your groom are relaxed, stress-free, and fully enjoying yourselves — and that the wedding looks as good in real life as it did in your head.
4. Photography
These days, everyone knows someone with a quality digital camera and a good eye (and a killer Instagram feed). Before you agree to let your groom’s cousin or your co-worker’s husband take your wedding photos, you should know that there are many advantages to hiring a professional wedding photographer. A pro understands the flow of the wedding day and will be able to anticipate what’s happening next in order to get in position for the best shots.