How to Plan the Perfect DIY Wedding

How to Plan the Perfect DIY Wedding (With a Little Help)

You’ve already imagined the colors, theme, guest list, menu, and décor of your ideal dream day; you know where you’ll tie the knot, what the bridal party is wearing, and where you’ll buy the perfect cake. At this point, most couples start researching wedding planner websites to find an agent who will take over and do the rest of the work as the general contractor.

You don’t need to hire a full-service wedding planner, since you’re already halfway finished planning it yourself. The DIY (do-it-yourself) wedding has become very popular as an economical option. You’ll save a bundle and stay within your means with the DIY wedding, but that doesn’t mean you have to navigate the process alone! 

How does the DIYer proceed? Easy–just continue to research and plan, and make a call to a “day-of” event coordinator who provides wedding execution services. These pros work in much the same way as wedding planners, but with minimized or customized services.

Do you need professional advice? Your day-of planner will provide it. Can’t find a videographer to fit your budget? She’ll have a list of recommended vendors and service providers to save you time and money.  Best of all, your wedding expense budget does not affect her contracted service fee in any way whatsoever!

What does a day-of coordinator do, then? She keeps up with industry trends and insider tips, finds discounts to pass along to clients, provides practical advice from past experience, recommends vendors and venues, and more. She attends meetings with you as necessary to cover the details, expectations and minutiae of your big day, and then produces the event as you envision it.

The most important task for the day-of coordinator, however, is direction and execution. Remember that not everything will go completely as expected, so her role is to intercede, deflect, repair, replace or otherwise make invisible anything that could possibly go wrong. She’s there to re-hem your dress, clarify miscommunications about deliveries, set up the candy bar, fix the floral arrangements and send off the bridal party to your exacting standards.

For the small cost of this lifesaver, you’ll have peace of mind that details are covered–and your guests will never know that the caterer originally forgot the side of béarnaise, or that the limo driver got lost, or any number of devastating surprises that could occur.  The DIYer can enjoy her day and focus solely on her big role of saying “I do.”


Lisa is a special needs teacher and a hugger. She always makes time for everyone and lightens up everybody’s lives with her presence. When she is not chasing her students around the yard, she finds time to write about what she truly loves, and you guessed it, its people and relationships.