Making your own wedding details can be a joy and a really nice way to give your big day a personal touch, but there are some things that even the most craft-loving bride should never try and do herself.
It’s your big day – you should be enjoying the whole process and not worrying about any potential DIY disasters. So let’s take a look at the wedding details you should maybe just leave to the experts…
The wedding cake
If you’re a good baker or even have a friend of member of the family who is, then there’s nothing to stop you having a cake baked at home. Just make sure you get it professionally decorated or it might end up being a talking point of the wedding reception, for all the wrong reasons.
The bridesmaid dresses
Here’s the scenario: a friend or relative offers to make your bridesmaid dresses for you. You’re tempted – they’re doing it for free and all you’ve got to buy is the material. So what happens if the dresses are a disaster? Do you put your girls in something else on your big day? This means you’ll have to fork out for fabric and buy new bridesmaid dresses as well. You also have to face telling your friend or relative why your bridesmaids aren’t in her homemade creations.
Bridesmaid dresses don’t have to be expensive. Ebony Rose and Dessy have some great styles. Try Coast or BHS for budget-friendly alternatives. Get your girls to try on their dresses, too, so you can find out which styles really suit them. Mismatched dresses are bang on trend at the moment, so don’t feel like you have to dress your girls all in the same style.
Your wedding dress
Unless you’re Alice Temperley, we’d really advise against making your wedding dress. This is such a major, important part of the day, there’s no point taking chances with it. Plus, this is the one time in your life where you’ll be able to visit a bridal boutique, try on lots of gowns and be treated like a princess. Who wouldn’t want that?
You’re going to have enough to do planning your wedding, without spending countless hours hunched over your sewing machine. If you’re really on a budget, then keep an eye out for sample sales, designer days or look out for some decent discounts during wedding shows.
Your bridal hair
Even if you’re a professional hairdresser, it’s best to hand over the responsibility of your crowning glory to a professional stylist on your big day. You’re probably going to feel a bit nervy on the morning of your wedding and fiddling around with straighteners, kirby grips and extensions will completely stress you out.
So organise a trip to the salon on the morning of your wedding day or better still have your hairdresser come to you – getting ready with your mum and your girls is a great way to start the day and they’ll always be on hand if something does go wrong.