Creatively mixing vendor services, help from others, purchased items, and/or DIY projects often results in the best value.
You may be tempted to try planning the entire wedding yourself, with only the help of family and friends. Actually, all but the smallest weddings are usually most economical with hybrid solutions. Purchase some items, make others; hire pros for some services, do others yourself. Few pieces of your wedding are “all or none” propositions when it comes to DIY versus hire or buy.
• Make the easy products, buy the rest. Depending on your expertise and cost of the supplies, some tasks will be more realistic for you than others. If you and your helpers have limited craft skills, for example, you will want to stick to making the easier decorations and buying ready-made or hiring someone to complete the more difficult ones.
• Pick and choose tasks to do yourself, and hire vendors to complete the rest. If someone on your team has experience coordinating large events, cooking for a crowd, baking wedding cakes, bartending, taking photographs, etc., you may want to keep these in-house. Otherwise, it may be most economical for you to work with a professional to complete these and other aspects of your wedding.
Throughout the Dream Wedding on a Dime; 7 Secrets for the Budget-Savvy Bride ebook I have marked select tips with “(Secret: Blended solutions).” These are ways to save money by combining your approach to specific aspects of your wedding. Go to MyOnlineWeddingHelp.com/ebook for more information about the ebook.