Although the Michigan economy is a tough one, many signs are pointing in the right direction for a economic (albeit a slow one) recovery. That has not stopped brides from having "DIY Weddings", or "Do-It-Yourself."
There are definitely some aspects of your wedding that can be done by yourself, to add a bit of your personality and also to cut down on some costs. But when you hear the phrase "DIY Wedding", some take it to the extreme and try to plan EVERYTHING by themselves, which is a mistake.
An article posted on The Knot recently gave some pointers as to areas where you safe to do-it-yourself,and some services that you should definitely not attempt to do yourself. Read the full Knot article here.
What do they suggest? Things like your make-up or wedding favors are good areas to go in your own direction. What do they tell you to avoid trying? Important services such as Photography, Cake, and wedding music. In fact, a recent wedding magazine article (NOT
the Knot) gave very bad advice and recommended you replace your DJ with an IPod.
Cutting corners is fine, as is adding your personal touches throughout your wedding, but don't sabotage your wedding by trying to save everywhere. Certain services are simply required, and although you can get creative and find good deals if you look, you just can't avoid certain expenses. Think the wedding is too expensive? You are right! The average wedding in Michigan in 2009 was $24,029. But if you really want to have your dream wedding (you do), you may need to ask yourself if you can afford it.
So have yourself a DIY Wedding, but be smart about what you choose to do!
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Tom Santilli has been in the Detroit wedding industry since 2002, and in that time has established himself as one of the top in his field. His company, Complete Video Solutions , was named as the #1 Best Wedding Videographer in Detroit by local brides and Channel 4 FIVE consecutive years and is currently inducted into TheKnot.com's "Vendor Hall of Fame." He also has won several awards for his wedding production, and is a member of WEVA (Wedding & Event Videographers Association.) As the Detroit Wedding Examiner, he has helped hundreds of brides with their weddings, with a local knowledge not found anywhere else. Being in the industry for so long, he is an expert in all areas of wedding planning, not just videography. He welcomes your questions, article suggestions, or feedback, and he can be reached