DIY Wedding Advice: The Dos and Don’ts When Planning Your DIY Wedding

When it comes to planning your DIY wedding there are lots of things you need to think about; depending on how creative you are, and sometimes how much help you have, will determine your limitations when planning.

DIY details can make a huge impact on your wedding day, and whether you are thinking of doing this to save money or to add a more personalised touch, there are some things you should DIY (and some things you definitely shouldn’t!) when it comes to your wedding day.


We catch up with Kylie Carlson who is the brainchild behind brand new wedding business WEDucate. It’s the first online video library dedicated to wedding planning giving you instant access to global experts to help in your DIY wedding journey.

Whatever type of wedding you’re having, whether it’s macro or micro, intimate, or socially distanced their experts can help you create it. It’s your wedding, just the way you dreamed. With a team of experts behind her, Kylie knows how to create a DIY wedding day to remember and she shares with us her top dos and don’ts when it comes to the wedding planning process!

3 Dos For Your DIY Wedding


This is most definitely the most important thing to do when planning your DIY wedding. You will no doubt put lots of pressure on yourself to do everything perfectly, but on most occasions it’s impossible to do everything yourself.

Delegation is key to making it as stress-free as possible. From making things together with your family, throwing favour making parties with your friends or having a DIY wedding weekend, or two, to get everyone involved in the wedding planning process. You get help and you get to spend time with your loved ones too! 

Don’t forget that you will have to delegate tasks on the actual day too – so the wedding party need to step up and support you on the big day; it’s not all about just planning the hen and stag parties!

Source Second Hand

Sourcing materials and items second hand not only saves you time and money, but it’s more sustainable too! There are many things you can buy and then customise or amend to suit your personal style.

Join wedding groups where some people sell things on from their wedding, or Facebook marketplace is a great way to source unwanted items for the big day. As they say one (wo)man’s trash is another (wo)man’s treasure! 

Get Expert Advice

Use your contacts and online sources to get as much expert advice as you can. This is obviously where WEDucate can help too! We like to call it ‘The Netflix of Wedding Planning’.

Our online video library platforms has been created for couples just like you, who want to have a DIY Wedding and it’s full of bite-size classes where you can get expert advice and learn new skills quickly! Our mission is to help you overcome the overwhelm of planning a DIY wedding as we’ve found this is exactly what stops people from doing it! We want people to be able to make informed decisions and design the wedding they’ve always dreamed of.

3 Don’ts For Your DIY Wedding

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

Your friends and family will want you to have a day to remember so don’t be afraid to ask for help from them as there are definitely some things along the way that they could do. It will make your planning more efficient and will let them get involved and feel a sense of achievement on the day too.

Don’t Lose Track of Your Spending

It’s easy to do and many have done it. When you’re planning your DIY wedding you may presume that everything you’re doing is cheaper, therefore it’s fine and will be in budget.

Make sure you track you spend and write down all your costs, especially if you are working to a tight budget. This is even more important when planning a DIY wedding as there will be lots of little cost for each area, instead of just the one payment to a supplier.

Use a budgeting tool, app or spreadsheet to help and don’t forget to add things to it!

Don’t Leave Things Until the Last Minute

As with most things in life, leaving things to the last minute can cause unnecessary stress and may mean that you can’t have the things the way you wanted for your wedding day.

Don’t leave things until the last minute, if possible. Be prepared, create timeframes and spreadsheets, give yourself plenty of time to plan, source and create the wedding you dreamed of. This is for all areas that you are doing yourself – from makeup to creating playlists.

The last thing you want is to create extra stress for yourself. You want to enjoy your wedding day and see the fruits of your labour unfold feeling fully relaxed and ready to party!

Planning a DIY wedding can let you release your inner creativity, think outside the box and have fun during the process, and the satisfaction you will get on your wedding day will be priceless. Seeing all your hard work and creativity come to life will be the ultimate gift to yourself.

Every single aspect of the big day will reflect the two of you as a couple. All you will have to do it sit back, relax and enjoy the day you have created for yourself.

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