When planning a wedding there’s a lot you can do yourself to keep costs down and some great resources out there to show you how… I thought this topic would be a good one as there are some things that in most cases you shouldn’t be doing yourself and could lead to backlash.


The obvious ones to do yourself if you’re creative are, invitations, order of service, place cards and favours etc. Here’s a few that in my experience you may want to think twice about.

The Bridesmaid Dresses


Here’s the scenario: a friend or relative offers to make your bridesmaid dresses for you. You’re tempted – they’re doing it for free and all you’ve got to buy is the material. So what happens if the dresses are a disaster? Do you put your girls in something else on your big day? This means you’ll have to fork out for fabric and buy new bridesmaid dresses as well. You also have to face telling your friend or relative why your bridesmaids aren’t in her homemade creations.

Bridesmaid dresses don’t have to be expensive. Ebony Rose and Dessy have some great styles. Try Coast or BHS for budget-friendly alternatives. Get your girls to try on their dresses, too, so you can find out which styles really suit them. Mismatched dresses are bang on trend at the moment, so don’t feel like you have to dress your girls all in the same style.

Your Wedding Dress

Unless you’re Alice Temperley, we’d really advise against making your wedding dress. This is such a major, important part of the day, there’s no point taking chances with it. Plus, this is the one time in your life where you’ll be able to visit a bridal boutique, try on lots of gowns and be treated like a princess. Who wouldn’t want that?

You’re going to have enough to do planning your wedding, without spending countless hours hunched over your sewing machine. If you’re really on a budget, then keep an eye out for sample sales, designer days or look out for some decent discounts during wedding shows.

Your Bridal Hair

Even if you’re a professional hairdresser, it’s best to hand over the responsibility of your crowning glory to a professional stylist on your big day. You’re probably going to feel a bit nervy on the morning of your wedding and fiddling around with straighteners, kirby grips and extensions will completely stress you out.

So organise a trip to the salon on the morning of your wedding day or better still have your hairdresser come to you – getting ready with your mum and your girls is a great way to start the day and they’ll always be on hand if something does go wrong.

The Wedding Flowers

Even if you’re a dab hand at floral displays, the responsibility of creating bouquets on the morning of your wedding is going to be too much. Instead, hand over the responsibility over to a professional florist and talk to them about your big day ideas.

Of course, there’s nothing stopping you creating simple floral decorations for your wedding reception, especially if you’re having an English country garden-styled wedding. But it all takes time – and you’re not going to have much of that on the morning of your wedding.

Doing Your Own Music

If you’re organising your reception music via an iPod then you need to make sure that a responsible friend is in charge, because you won’t be able to keep dashing over to find the exact song you’re looking for.

It’s far better to spend a bit of money on a professional DJ to keep the music going all evening. Music plays a huge part of creating an atmosphere at your wedding reception, so try not to skimp on this.

On The Day Co-ordination

Even if you’re the biggest control freak going, you’re going to need to delegate on your big day. You may not be using a wedding planner but remember that your chief bridesmaid and the beast man will be able to help you on the day.

Write a list of jobs that need to be done and delegate them to the right people. It’s your wedding, so you should enjoy it – rather than rushing about checking whether the caterers have put the raspberries on the dessert in exactly the right position!

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