Wedding planning is well and truly underway! The date and location have been (more or less) set, and we are in the process of determining what we’re going to end up doing ourselves and what we’re going to leave to the pros. (And by "ourselves" I mean mostly "myself," which is fine. I’m just that kind of girl.) Hopefully, with all the DIY-ness, and all the time we’ve got, there won’t be as much of that frantic last minute craziness or too much settling for less-than-perfect because we’re under a time constraint. (I say that now of course…)
There are a few things that I have definite ideas about and others that are only the vaguest wisp of a thought in my head. Like, of all the things to be thinking about, I’ve already decided that I’m going to knit myself a wrap to match my wedding colors. I even know what yarn I want to use! (Maybe. If I can get it.) But do I know what the wedding colors are yet? Um. No. The wrap though – in addition to being fun and gorgeous and tremendously indulgent, it’s also practical – coastal Maine is not known for its steamy tropical weather!
So, for your amusement and my desire to endlessly make lists, here is the list of us vs. the pros.
In one corner: Our fab DIY selves!
- The location. This is probably the biggest thing, and the biggest money-saver, combined with food (below). When you have relatives who live on a grassy hill overlooking the ocean, how can you not have the wedding there? Plus, it’s going to be a very small wedding, so there’s really no need for an army of resort staff or a wedding coordinator or any of that. We’re going to keep it real, yo.
- The food. Another huge money-saver. I can cook. My family can cook. We love to cook! Plus, catered food is so expensive! And not necessarily any tastier than what we can make ourselves. We’re good, dammit, real good.
- The cake. Yes, you heard me correctly. The cake. Or, more accurately, the cupcakes! I’ve been reading Smitten Kitchen’s wedding cake posts recently and they’ve inspired me. Yes, I know I’m the bride and maybe I shouldn’t be making my own cake. But I’m going to practice. And practice some more. And then some more. And make them ahead and freeze them. I’m going to practice that too… I have a feeling we’ll be eating a lot of cake over the course of the next year. (Not too much, of course, I’d like to be able to wear a wedding dress and not a giant sack.) It’ll be great though. For reals.
- The decorations. I like making things involving plants and ribbons and stuff. And I’m not a big fan of overly elaborate decorations, so we’re going to keep it pretty simple. No swans sculpted out of ice diving into seas of aspic with tiny floating shrimps on a bed of seaweed.
- The invitations. Dude, I craft with paper for extra income. I think I can handle this.
In the other corner: the pros!
- The clothes. I can’t sew, and I don’t know anyone who can, or at least not well enough to entrust them with my wedding dress! Plus, I already found a really cute one online for cheap(ish).
- The flowers. I won’t pretend like I know how to make a bouquet, even though I did fake it once, for my good friend’s wedding in Mexico. Anyway, I’ve got to go to a florist to get the flowers, so they might as well bundle them all up with ribbons and stuff for me.
- The photography. This is huge. I have a hunch we’re going to end up spending as much on photography as on everything else combined. I’d photograph the darn thing myself if I wasn’t, y’know, in it. But photography is really, really important to me (really) and I want good pictures. As it is, I’ll probably have my camera with me. Hopefully, I’ll be having so much fun I won’t even think of using it!
- The rings. I don’t do metalsmithing. ‘Nuff said.
I’m sure there are vitally important aspects I’ve left off (guestbooks! favors! personalized bottles of water!) and I’m sure it all seems a lot simpler having not actually done anything yet, other than spend my
workday lunchbreak perusing The Knot, browsing dresses online and trying to decide between shades of green and blue…but it’ll all come together in the end. And it will be fantastic. I just know it.