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Saturday, May 21, 2011

DIY Weddings! Decisions, Decisions!

This is an introduction to a series of blog entries you will be able to read that will serve as a reality check to make sure that your DIY decisions are really going to save you money or not.  We'll cover one type of vendor at a time.  Also, there will be some alerts on having friends or family take on specific roles that professionals usually do at a wedding.  This isn't to say that they wouldn't have spectacular talent or  that there aren't some things that you've always dreamed of doing on your own for your wedding.  I just want you to look out for your own best interests.  This is not a day you can do over!  Perfection is a lofty goal and perfection is different things to different people and most would admit it is rarely achieved 100% of the time. That is life!  Relax and enjoy!  

Many people will tell you that they can perform particular tasks for your wedding.  You might be surprised at how you can make things so much less stressful by hiring a person who does this for a living and don’t assume anything on their prices.  Most professionals will find something you will be pleased with that will fit your budget.  Here's a tip!  Remember these people have to make a living and showing respect for their profession will make you a lot more points than starting out with trying to get their price down before you even talk to them.  The perfect vendor is not always someone with a storefront.  It might be someone you would never ever know about!  A Wedding Coordinator can give you a selection of vendors to choose from including those you would never know about!  
We all want to save money whenever we can, but if we end up paying more in the long run or creating a bad experience, what are we really saving?  Everything boils down to what you don't know can hurt you. This is just the tip of the iceberg of what you should know about various aspects of your wedding if you don't use professionals. You might want to really stop and take the time to consider the costs in time and money.  Stop... and be honest with yourself first to make sure that you are not making a decision you will regret years later if you hear yourself making any of the following statements.
“I can do that!”  
“I have a friend who does that!”  
“That looks easy enough to do!”  
“I don’t think that will matter”. 
“I don’t have the money for that”.
“I think that _____ would enjoy doing that!”
"My brother has a band".

I look forward to helping you make a decision regarding the option of DIY or non-professionals for your wedding.  We'll talk about invitations, photography, music, flowers, wedding gowns, food, selecting a venue, decor, favors, wedding coordinators, alcohol, bar tending, officiants, cakes and who knows what all else!!  Stay tuned!

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Wishing you the greatest of days!

Janis Flagg

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