Weddings can get a bit overwhelming for most couples, there are a lot of details and things to do before, during and after the wedding.
This is why a lot of couples enlist the help of a professional wedding planner.
However, if hiring a wedding planner is something that you can’t possibly add to your budget, here you will find a list of all the things that you will need and tips that will help you carry out your wedding as flawlessly as possible.
When planning to do a DIY wedding, whether you are having your wedding at home or renting a venue, the following is a list of supplies that you will need to make your wedding day a success.
How to do a DIY Wedding – Part I (Walking Down The Aisle)
Here is your list.
Aisle Runner (Not necessary, but most brides prefer to have one and you can even get them personalized)
For backdrops, use your imagination. Your backdrop could be anything beautiful that means something to you, from an ornate iron gate with vines, small lights and little delicate flowers running through it, to stunning and dramatic drapes, to vintage doors bought at a salvage yard, to nature itself. It is all up to your dreams and imagination, remember that less does mean more and for weddings, it is best to keep it delicate, soft & classy.
Instead of an aisle runner or in addition to, you may want to use, rose petals. (Instead of just randomly throwing petals down the aisle, the new rave is to create patterns and you can even personalize your patterns by using your names and wedding date).
This can be from flowers, to ribbons, to candles, angel statues, cherry blossom trees, to whatever your imagination can conceive.
Arch/Chuppah (Not a necessity but very pretty and nice to have)
Chairs, benches, crates or cushions (If you are walking down the aisle, this provides a place for your guests to sit on, see sitting arrangement tip below)
Personally, I am a fan of real flowers when it comes to the bridal bouquet. However, for a DIY wedding, since no one will be in charge of calling your vendors and keeping track of things as a wedding planner would, using faux flowers may be best. They will not discolor or die on you and by using faux flowers, you won’t have to worry about your florist being late or delivering the wrong flowers.
Wedding Attire (Wedding dress, tux or suit, all optional)
Not mandatory, but may be necessary if you want to look flawless on your wedding day.
Special Equipment or supplies
If you are having a specialized ceremony such as sand, candle, ribbon, rope, glass, drink, etc… Do not forget your supplies.
If you have a good sound system, you can use a CD, MP3 or recording of the music of your choice.
If getting married at night, good lighting will be a must, not only for good pictures and ambiance, but so none of your guests trip and fall due to bad lighting.
(Besides, you want them to be able to find their mouths while eating lol)
Most couples don’t even think about needing a microphone, a microphone is very important to be able to hear what the officiant says, but most importantly what the couple says to each other, especially if you are writing your own vows. (Most couples are so nervous and in some cases so teary at this point, that it is hard to hear or understand what they are saying to each other, a microphone definitely helps and your guests won’t be annoyed or disappointed because they couldn’t hear the most important part of your commitment to each other.
Ceremony Must Haves:
To prevent fires and since no one will be tending to your decorations, if using candles try to using LED flame-less candles. The effect is as romantic as real candles are, but without the danger of a fire breaking out during one of the most important days of your life.
Sitting arrangement tip:
Some DIY couples, set their tables in such a way that the guests are already sipping wine and sitting at their table to see the bride walk down the aisle.
If getting married outdoors and during the summer, supply your guests with hand fans, they will appreciate it. 🙂
If your ceremony and reception is in the same place and you are hiring a DJ, they would be more than happy to supply you with a microphone for your ceremony.
Written by Urban Bride Chic’s Visual and Creative Editor Ingrid Jackson
Edited by author, writer and blogger, Lee A. Jackson