Poppy Belle Design is a Raleigh wedding planner & florist. Feature photo by Lauren V. Allen Photography.
With the advent of Pinterest, the do it yourself wedding trend exploded. All of a sudden brides the world over had a digital forum to collect images and ideas in one place.
Sounds ideal, right? Tap the brains of the creative to not only plan a gorgeous event but do so on the cheap?
Well, in 2016 the so-called Pinterest weddings have begun to lose popularity, and I’ve got to say I like the trend. I’ve never been a fan of the DIY craze, and here’s why:
Cookie cutter wedding
So many people took ideas right from Pinterest, and, guess what? So many people wound up with the same event. Now, for the individual bride and groom, they may not even notice, but for those of us who attend many such festivities in one year, it becomes glaringly obvious. And who wants to go to a friend’s wedding a few months after—or even worse, before—your own just to discover they have half of the same decor? Be original; get off Pinterest, or at least use a variation.
Dance of the amateurs.
There’s a reason there are professional wedding planners, florists, designers, photographers, bartenders, caterers etc. etc. We train to do our jobs just like in any other profession, and we’re equipped to handle the unexpected and adjust accordingly. Sure, your buddy from college who likes music can keep an eye on your laptop as it jams out some tunes for dinner, but what happens when the program starts acting up during the first dances? Or the toasts? Your best-laid plans for these family helpers can’t cover the unexpected because, well, you don’t have the experience at weddings that we professionals do. Not to say we don’t make mistakes, but we have a lot more tools in our tool chest to problem solve.
More than you can chew
A lot of people love to get crafty for their wedding, and some of them pull it off without a hitch. The problem is often times brides take on a bit more than they can actually handle without realizing it, or they procrastinate thinking they’ll have plenty of time the weeks leading up to the wedding and then encounter unexpected problems. When the project is an extra detail or two for an already-prepared centerpiece that won’t make or break the night, it’s not as big of a deal. When it’s 500 cupcakes that will solo as your dessert or 300 mason jars you want to decorate by hand as escort cards, you’d better give yourself enough time—or bring in the professionals.
I’m not saying no one can pull off a DIY wedding, because it certainly is possible. But at the end of the day, choose one or two small DIY projects for yourself, and use a professional to ensure the polished look and stress-free event you deserve!
Looking for someone to help coordinate from start to finish? Give us a call at Knots ‘N Such and we’ll get you started off on the right foot.