Today I am going to be sharing my fourth and final post that I put together as the May Guest Wedding Editor of Brit + Co. Below, I share a list of tips for sticking to your wedding budget by deciding which items to buy and which ones to DIY…

Planning a wedding? Before you get started, take a peek at Lauren's tips for what items to BUY and what to DIY

It’s no secret that weddings tend to cost a pretty penny. But just because you may have a tight budget doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice having your big day be picture perfect. For my fourth and final Wedding Wednesday installment as the May Guest Wedding Editor on Brit + Co, I’m sharing the best ways to cut costs and stick to your budget on your wedding day. I’ve found that picking and choosing which elements you should buy and which you should DIY can really help you keep your budget at bay.

For my own wedding, I opted to DIY rather than buy when it came to certain elements and vise versa. Knowing what you can take on yourself and what you should be saving for can help you in the long run. That’s why today I am sharing which aspects of your wedding that you should buy and which ones that you should definitely DIY. Be sure to check out the full list of all 10 tips over on Brit + Co by clicking here!

To Buy

1. Makeup

It’s tempting to want to do your own makeup for your big day, especially if you’re well versed in the world of beauty. While I consider myself pretty good at doing my own face on a day-to-day basis, I knew that it wasn’t something I wanted to gamble with on my wedding day. If you’ve had the chance to read this post, then you know that I wanted a more elevated version of my everyday style on my special day. And if you share the same sentiments, be sure to find an artist who will do a trial run beforehand so that there are no surprises on your actual wedding day.

2. Photography

Paying for high quality photography is one thing that you won’t regret on your wedding day. I can understand wanting to stick to a tight budget, but there are certain wedding elements that you are going to want to save for, and having great photos is one of them. After your day has come and gone, your photos are going to be what you look back on to tell your story. Do your research ahead of time so that you can find a photographer that fits your style and overall vision. You won’t be sorry!

Click HERE for three more items you should buy.


1. Bouquets and Boutonnières

One of my favorite DIYs that I’ve done for some of my close friends’ wedding celebrations was creating beautiful flower arrangements. Putting together arrangements for your own day may seem like a scary undertaking, but with a little practice, you can truly be a pro in no time. While you may not want to take on all the centerpieces yourself, creating your own bouquets and boutonnieres isn’t as hard as you might think. (Click HERE for a tutorial.) Plus your friends and family will be so impressed with your newfound floral skills.

2. Seating Charts and Table Numbers

Surprisingly enough, creating your own seating chart and table numbers can be such an enjoyable craft. This is a decoration every guest will be looking at and admiring, so take your time and have fun with it. A good tip for these types of wedding tasks is to take a calligraphy class. After I took a beginner’s course, I was constantly looking for projects to get my calligraphic hands on! Plus, after the wedding, you will be sure to have the most beautiful handwritten thank you notes.

Click HERE for three more items you can DIY.

What do you have on your buy and DIY lists?

I’d love to hear your wedding suggestions in the comments! And don’t forget to take a peek at the rest of this post on Brit + Co!

XO Lauren

Photos: Yoni Goldberg
  • Such great advice! For my wedding in August my biggest splurge was definitely on the photographer and the videographer. We thought it was best to invest in things that would last a lifetime, like photos. I am doing my own hair and makeup, because I’m a beauty blogger and I actually find it relaxing, so I know it will calm my nerves. Having someone else doing my makeup would drive me crazy.

  • manuela

    Hi Lauren! thank you so much for these advices!
    my cousing will marry in september, so I’ll show her this useful post!
    especially the DIY of bouquets!
    xoxo M.

  • Thanks for the tips! For some reason I’m never convinced with the result of my DIYs. Maybe it’s because I know it hasn’t been done by a professional so I feel other people will notice too…

  • Great tips!

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  • Kari Guastella

    I did DIY for favors, bouquets, and little decor items. Then bought photography, floral centerpieces, and hair/makeup.

  • I agree – there are just some elements that are better left to the professionals, such as photography 🙂 I think creating your own seating chart and table numbers is a great idea too <3 Loving all of these little wedding tips that you've been sharing this past month!

    XO, Elizabeth

  • Elenor

    Nice. Thanks for sharing. Here offers you a nice wedding checklist in AmoyShare.

  • Yvette

    Everyone could have their dream wedding within their means. Just have to be practical and prioritize when to splurge and when to DIY.