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Top 8 Tips for DIY Budget-Friendly Wedding Planning


Planning a wedding is an exciting but daunting task. From selecting a venue and choosing the perfect dress to creating a memorable experience for your guests, there are countless decisions to be made. Hiring a planner would certainly ensure a smooth and stress-free event. However, with the rise of DIY wedding planning, couples now have the opportunity to personalize their special day while saving money. In this comprehensive article, we will unlock the secrets of DIY wedding planning and provide you with tips and ideas to make your wedding dreams come true.

1. Establish Your Wedding Vision:

The first step in DIY wedding planning is to define your vision. Consider the theme, color palette, and overall ambiance you want to create. We are obsessed with colors and themes at Dove Nest Estate. We love seeing the different palettes that come through our spaces. Having a good vision will serve as a guiding light throughout the planning process, helping you make decisions that align with your vision and ensure a cohesive wedding experience. Use a Pinterest board to help you establish this vision. Share it with those who will help you bring your vision to life. Here's ours.

2. Budget Planning:

Creating a realistic budget is crucial for successful wedding planning. Determine how much you are willing to spend on each aspect of your wedding, such as venue, catering, decor, and attire. Research prices and allocate funds accordingly, ensuring you stay within your budget while still achieving your dream wedding.

3. Choosing the Perfect Venue:

Traditional wedding venues can be expensive, but there are numerous alternatives that offer both affordability and uniqueness. Venues like ours offer much lower pricing on weekdays and we also have micro wedding packages for smaller weddings. It may be fun to do non-traditional, off-season date as well. Dove Nest Estate also offers all-inclusive packages that include catering and alcohol to save couples time and money. Should you choose to go beyond the venue, consider outdoor locations like gardens, beaches, or parks that may require minimal or no rental fees. Additionally, community centers, art galleries, or even a family member's backyard can be transformed into enchanting wedding venues.

4. DIY Decorations:

One of the most exciting aspects of DIY wedding planning is creating your own decorations. Incorporate your personal style and creativity into every detail. From centerpieces and floral arrangements to signage and table settings, use affordable materials like recycled items, thrifted decor, and fresh flowers to add a personalized touch to your wedding decor. A client of ours recently informed me of a store closing. She informed me that Celebration Event Rentals in Temple, Texas is going out of business with slashed prices.

5. DIY Florals: Think about getting married in the spring when the wildflowers are abundant in Texas. They provide a natural backdrop of color for your occasion. If that's not possible, buy flowers that are in season and in bulk. Fresh flowers are be affordable, especially when they are in season. Retailers like Trader Joe's has a variety of selections. Costco ships flowers directly from Colombia when you buy them in bulk for your event. They sometimes even sell smaller table pieces already in a colorful vase.

6. Invitations and Stationery:

Save money and add a personal touch by designing your own wedding invitations and stationery. Numerous online resources provide customizable templates and tools to create professional-looking invitations. Alternatively, you can explore the option of digital invitations, which are cost-effective and eco-friendly. You can even link it to your registry and wedding website should you go digital. It's easier to keep track of numbers, too.

7. Food and Beverage Options:

Catering costs can quickly add up, but there are several budget-friendly options to consider. Opt for a buffet-style or family-style meal instead of a plated dinner. Explore local food truck options or set up DIY food stations, such as a build-your-own taco bar or a dessert table. Don't forget to offer a signature cocktail or a self-serve bar to keep your guests hydrated and entertained.

8. Enlist an Army of Helpers: This is the time for you to ask your friends, family, cousins, community members to help. Be sure to direct them and put them to work. The more people helping, the less stress you have to do the work on your own. Be sure to appoint a person or two to be your point people, an extension of the couple to carry all your wishes on your special day. This way, they will take the stress off you so you can enjoy your wedding day!

Your wedding day should be enjoyed and celebrated. Every couple will need to decide on the few things that they splurge on as an exercise in decision-making they do together. However, fulfilling a vision of the perfect wedding for the couple to match their personalities is something can plan ahead and do themselves. Cheers to the happy couple!

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Eduardo and Jovanna's Head Table. Photography by Ariel Hernandez.


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