We’re back with Part 9 of our Wedding On A Budget series to help give you options for a frugal fabulous wedding. We’re finally nearing the end of our 10 part series filled with lots of DIY tips and ideas that we hope will be helpful to any of you that are planning your own wedding or even helping a friend or family member to plan their big day…down to the very last detail!
With a little extra effort, planning a wedding on a budget does not have to be a source of stress on your wallet or your sanity.
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Wedding On A Budget: When and When NOT to Do It Yourself
In Part 2 of this post series, we talked about saving money by being your own wedding planner. This is a great way to save, but we have to admit that it’s not a task for everyone. Some ideas to “save” money can turn out disastrous and can end up costing you more money in the end. It’s important to evaluate this important part of planning a wedding on a budget very carefully and honestly.
There are some people whose personality is perfectly suited to planning their own wedding. These individuals are able to make the arrangements like a pro. In their spare time they may even be able to create decorations for the wedding and centerpieces for the reception. Conversely, there are those individuals that should never be trusted with such things. Not everyone is cut out to be a planner, of well, anything. If the following attributes describe you, it is best to leave the wedding arrangements to someone more qualified.
When NOT to Do It Yourself:
You aren’t organized:
Individuals who aren’t organized should never agree to plan their own wedding. Successful planning requires that an individual be supremely organized. There is a lot to keep track of and if a person is not able to, they are better off leaving the planning to an expert or at least relying heavily on friends of family to help with the organization.
You hate to be in charge:
Wedding planning requires a take-charge attitude. People that are afraid of conflict, who are unwilling to negotiate and don’t like telling others what to do, are not well suited for this gig. They should thus, pass it on to someone that is.
You’re not a people person:
When it comes to wedding planning a certain amount of schmoozing is required. The old adage is true, “you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar.” Being nice is sometimes the best way to get what you want and need you’re your wedding, especially with budget considerations. People who aren’t inclined to working well with others need not apply for the job of wedding planner, even if is their own wedding.
The thought of planning a wedding bores you to tears:
For some individuals, the idea of planning a wedding is incredibly exciting. For others, it is anything but. It is those that fall into the latter category who should avoid planning their own wedding. A person that is not in the least bit interested in planning a wedding will tend to procrastinate and probably won’t have the best attitude. It might be in the best interest of everyone involved to have someone else do the hard work of wedding planning.
Though at first glance, wedding planning may seem easy enough, it can be anything but. It requires a great deal of organization, know-how and the ability to work well with others. It is not always the best idea to do it yourself – and you shouldn’t stress about the inability to take on the task. Admitting that something is not a strong point in your personality is not defeat – it is just honesty and will pay you back in the long run – emotionally and financially!
Some people have a natural take-charge personality and work well with others. Some like to be in control and are well organized – if this describes you to a T, you are a great candidate to plan your own wedding. In this case, by doing it yourself, you not only save money but also the stress that would be created by having to watch someone else make decisions and do things that you might do differently. These personalities know exactly what I mean, I’m sure! I fall into this category and it’s kind of like being a “back seat driver” – we can stress ourselves and others very easily
Be honest with yourself about whether or not you are truly suited to take care of everything yourself. Making the right decision upfront will save everyone a great deal of time, money and unnecessary aggrivation at a time when (you) the bride should be relaxed and preparing for one of the greatest days of her life.