DIYing is a trend that will never go away. Etsy, Martha and Pinterest will always be there to help you along the way and guide you to DIY euphoria. However, in many cases hiring a pro is worth it. Here are some points to consider before you go the DIY route.
If your car needs an oil change would you attempt to DIY at home even if you have no idea? OR, would you take it to a reliable mechanic who has experience doing oil changes for many years? For those of us who do not know how to it is best to hire the professional. This same concept can be applied when planning an event. A person who knows what they are doing can keep you on track both budget wise and design wise. This professional will help you save money, time and most of all stress!
Professionals can also save you money by doing it right the first time. Imagine getting enough supplies for 100 guests. You have your wedding party help with the execution. Half way through, you realize there have been many mess ups and things are not executed to the superior quality you envisioned. (Apparently liquor and wedding parties don’t mix well when trying to accomplish something!)These, mess ups will affect your bottom line, also known as your budget. Hiring a pro will take away the stress of dealing with this and save you money by getting it right the first time.
Wedding and Event professionals are stocked with items that they use often. For example, as a custom stationer, I buy a lot of adhesive. I buy bulk and online to keep my costs down. This is something that I know I will use with every order, so I keep a stock of it. If a bride wanted to DIY her invites, she would first have to invest in the dispenser ($40) and the glue ($7). That means she has already spent $47 on the glue alone! Not to mention a paper cutter, the actual paper, a design template, and your time to assemble each invite. In many cases, that can add up quickly and going the professional route can actually save you money.
Finally if you do go with the right pro they volunteer copious amounts of information to you…for FREE! This is definitely a perk but also allows you insider information that could be vital to your perfect day. As an Orlando wedding planner and a custom stationer, I have to keep up on current trends, find affordable ways to recreate these trends and then pass this on to my brides and hosts. This is a benefit that my clients get because of their association to me. Your team of vendors should provide you with the same perks.
Ultimately, I know that many DIY 1. For the fun of it, 2. They believe they can do a better job and don’t want to pay someone to do what they can do better (this was me!), 3. Or because of budget reasons. I know everyone’s reasoning is different but consider all of your options when hiring professionals. I agree that some things can be DIYed. If your mom designs floral arrangements, then yes DIY the flowers. OR if your sister is a graphic designer, DIY the invites! Be wise about the projects you decide to take on. Take care and choose wisely! I hope this helps!
Natalie Henry-Charles is the Owner of two Orlando Wedding companies: Pretty Peacock Planning and Pretty Peacock Paperie. She specializes in helping central Florida couples achieve the customized wedding of their dreams with little to no stress. Her couples get to enjoy their planning process and the wedding day. Both companies strive to make their client’s dreams come true.
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