1. Set a Budget:
Setting a budget is the first and perhaps most important step when planning any wedding, including a DIY wedding. When setting the budget, couples should consider all of the expenses associated with their celebration, such as venue fees, catering services, transportation costs, decorations and favors, and any other services that may be needed.
2. Choose the Venue:
The venue selection is critical for a DIY wedding, as it can influence everything from decorations to budget allocations. Couples should consider the size and layout of their location and how it will accommodate their needs, including seating arrangements, photo opportunities, and even activities like dancing or entertainment.
3. Book Vendors & Suppliers:
When planning a DIY wedding, couples will likely need to hire vendors and suppliers for various services such as catering, photography/videography, floral arrangements, music & entertainment and other related services. Make sure that you research each vendor thoroughly before selecting one so that you are confident in their quality of service.
4. Select Wedding Attire:
Couples should consider the type of attire they want to wear to their wedding, since this is an important part of the wedding day that sets the tone for the whole event. Couples can either shop for ready-made pieces or have custom designs made for them.
5. Create a Guest List:
Creating a guest list is one of the most important tasks when planning a DIY wedding, as it will determine the size and atmosphere of your celebration. Consider who you would like to invite, how many people each person can bring, and any other special considerations when making your list.
6. Design or Source Stationery & Paper Goods:
Designing or sourcing stationery and paper goods is one of the most overlooked elements of a DIY wedding. Couples should think about all the items they need such as invitations, save-the-date cards, thank you notes, menus and programs. Whether they want to design their own stationery or source it from vendors, this step should be taken care of in advance.
7. Find or Make Decorations & Favours:
Couples can either find decorations and favours for their wedding or make them themselves, depending on their preferences and budget. If finding them in stores isn’t possible, couples can opt for DIY options that are easily accessible online.
8. Plan Music, Entertainment & Other Activities:
Music, entertainment and other activities help keep guests entertained throughout the celebration. Couples should plan for a variety of options that will appeal to their guests, such as karaoke, photo booths or game nights.
9. Design a Seating Plan:
Designing a seating plan is an important step when planning any wedding, including a DIY wedding. This helps couples ensure that all of their guests are comfortable and seated near people they know so that conversations flow easily throughout the event.
10. Obtain Required Permits & Licenses:
Depending on where you are hosting your DIY wedding, there may be certain permits and licenses required in order to legally host the event. Make sure to research what is required by your local government and obtain any necessary documents ahead of time.
11. Set up Accommodations:
If needed, couples should make sure to reserve hotel rooms or other accommodations for any out-of-town guests who may be attending their wedding. This will ensure that all of your guests have a comfortable place to stay during the celebration.
12. Arrange Transportation:
If needed, couples should make arrangements for transportation to and from the wedding venue if they are not providing it themselves. This could include limousine services, shuttle services or carpooling with friends and family.
13. Finalize Menu & Catering:
Couples should finalize their menu and catering arrangements for the wedding in advance. This includes deciding what types of food and drinks will be served, who will prepare it, and making any necessary dietary accommodations for guests.