6 Things You Should Never DIY for Your Wedding

Everyone wants to save a bit of money on their wedding and DIY projects are a great way to do just that. However, there are certain things that you should simply leave to the professionals.

There are many factors that your guests see and remember and not remember BUT there are 6 items that your guests will notice

How you look

Good food

Good entertainment

Good pics

Great cake

Lush flowers

Wedding DIY Don’ts

1. Your Photos.

This cannot be stressed enough. Far too many couples have hired a cousin or friend to take some casual photos at their wedding in an effort to save costs, only to be disappointed later on. You may think that quality photos won’t matter to you but they do make a big difference, especially considering your photographer takes hundreds of photos in order to select a handful of beautiful shots that are then also processed. Everyone wants to look back at flattering photos of themselves on their big day and even if you’re convinced that a friend or family member will do an excellent job, it will never quite be what a seasoned wedding photographer can produce. I am so lucky to work with some amazing London photographers, Sussex photographers and Surrey photographers.

Wedding Planner & Stylist @hiresocietes

Photographer @alessphotoartuk

Videographer @hollycassidyvideography

Venue @pelhamhouseweddings

Florist @tonydunnflowers

Veil @lisacarringtoncouture

Couple @carrdearcouple

Stationary @designbyemilyuk

Vows @showrites

Cake @cakegallerylondon

Table & Chairs @cohire

Jewellery @Iguessjewellers

Cello player @emilysolocello

Celebrant @amandasceremonies

HMUA @katewallermakeup

2. Your cake.

We do love a bit of cake and Yes, it may sound easy enough to buy a few boxes of cake mix and whip something up at home but if it’s not a cake that you would be proud to present to family and friends and have in your photos, it’s best to leave the baking to the professionals. Plus, this would just be one extra thing that you would need to do right before your wedding when you should be relaxing. As a wedding planner I assist in planning cake tastings for all my couples.

Concept & Photographer @phoeberossiphoto

Planner & Stylist @hiresocieties

Videographer @amberrosemorganfilms

Venue @patternsbtn

Couple @_brandoncox@ryan_congerton

Florist @thebloominatiflorist

Props & Balloons @tohaveandtohire_weddings

Gin Favours @spiritofstonewall

Cake & Biscuits @bubbasbakes

Stationery @lornaboyerdesign

Jewellery @lguessjewellers

Table Settings @placesettings_

Suits @countrymastertailor

3. Your hair and makeup.

Unless you have an in-depth knowledge of makeup and hairstyles and could be mistaken for a pro, it’s recommended that you hire a professional to assist you. Wedding makeup artists and hair stylists know how to make your hair and makeup last the entire day, which is something you definitely want. Plus, this is your wedding day and you should be pampered and taken care of. Make up artists and hair stylists will prep you prior to your big day, they will tell you what you should and shouldn't do to your hair and face before your big day. The last thing you need is to come out in a rash or spots.

Photo Emma Jane Photography

Make up Lara Brewster

Dresses @bridelikeme


Concept/florist/stylist/planner @hiresocieties


Models @aleeshahicks


Venue @littlepocketstudio

Soon to be published @weddings.incorporated

4. Your catering.

Food is one of the things that your guests will remember on the day. Catering for a wedding is far more stressful and time-consuming than you can imagine and even if you had to rope in friends and family members, it could still end up causing you more stress than saving money is worth. Professional caterers know exactly what goes into preparing food for large groups of people and how to store and transport the food safely too and with COVID 19 still hanging around your caterer will prep all food in accordance with the government guidelines. Hire Societies, works alongside all suppliers including caterers, we make sure that there is enough food to go around and your guests are served their correct plate.

Planner/concept/stylist @hiresocieties

Venue/concept @folkingtonmanor

Photographer @imogenevephotography

Videographer @katherine_and_her_camera

Props/stylist @tohaveandtohire_weddings

Flowers @tonydunnflowers

Couple @berry_leixx

MUA @siandukemua

Hair @occasionhairbymegan

Bespoke Crowns @sophieandlunalondon

Dresses @haizearranz

Shoes @houseofelliotlaceboots

Cake @clairessweettemptations

Grazing platter @baytreefoods

Stationery @tiggityboodesign

Napkin rings and name plates. @lulabelleandmoo

Celebrant @louisestevensoncelebrant

Crockery/table & chairs @cohire

5. Your music.

It may sound simple enough to just put all of your music on an iPod and play it through a hired speaker but there’s something so useful about having a professional DJ or musician assist you with your music for the day, especially when it comes to your first dance.

Photographer/Concept @stephaniedreamsphotography

Couple @whatwegandidnext

Dresses @matchimony

Make up @nadia_wyatt_hmua

Stylist @betty_lovesvintage

Planner & Florist @Hire Societies

6. Your Flowers

I have seen it and heard it so many times, 'I'm gonna do my own' flowers for my wedding day - STOP. As much as the above items i suggest not to do, I would highlight not to do your own flowers on your day. There are so many factors that you need to think about;

The mechanics

The colour pallet

Seasonal flowers to use


and so much more......

You cant just put flowers in a bowl and say there you go. Each arrangement made by a florist has so much thought that goes into it including days to prep prior the wedding day. There would be nothing worse to have your centrepieces on your tables or your bouquet just look 'crap'. Its harsh but you do need to factor in so much.

Photo Emma Jane Photography

Make up Lara Brewster

Dresses @bridelikeme


Concept/florist/stylist/planner @hiresocieties


Models @aleeshahicks


Venue @littlepocketstudio

Soon to be published @weddings.incorporated

When deciding on your wedding DIY projects, really think about everything that goes into successfully completing that specific task before you decide to take it on yourself. Having a wedding planner or on the day coordinator will make sure that all the right elements are taken care of. Hire Societies offers full planning services or on the day coordination in Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, London and across the UK.

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