The Pros and Cons of Planning Your Own Wedding
Paperia | September 2015
Planning a wedding is a lot of work, much of which you don’t realize until you become engaged. It can be overwhelming for some brides, and figuring out where to start can be a challenge in itself. If you’re thinking about planning your wedding yourself, we’ve put together some pros and cons you’re likely to experience.
-One of the biggest pros of planning your own wedding is that you can make it exactly how you want. You’ll consider every detail and make sure you spend however much time and money you’d like.
-You can keep close tabs on your budget to make sure everything you’re buying falls within your plan. As you go, if you decide to spend more money on one area, you can figure out ways to cut down in others – you’ll be able to decide which aspects are most important to you.
-If you’re crafty, you’ll be able to save money by creating your own centerpieces, decorations, invitations, or whatever else you can think of. By making some of your own things to incorporate in your wedding is also a wonderful way to really make it feel like your own.
-You have complete flexibility when it comes to your timeline. If you’re not in any rush, you don’t have to stress over trying to get everything done in a small time frame. You can think about what you want, do research, and change your mind along the way without it being too much of an issue.
-One of the biggest cons of planning your own wedding is the amount of time you’ll have to spend making sure everything is taken care of. It’s basically a part-time job (full-time if you don’t have much time between becoming engaged and the wedding) that requires many hours of work.
-You may end up paying more money for certain things if you plan your own wedding. Wedding planners often have deals with retailers they work with, so they can get you discounts on flowers, a DJ, or a number of other things.
-You have to be very detail oriented and organized if you want to undertake planning your own wedding. There are strict timelines you should follow to be certain you’re getting everything completed in time. Keeping a binder is a good way to make sure you have everything in one place. You will also need to keep a number of To-Do lists to ensure you’re on top of all your deadlines.
-Stress. I’m sure you’ve heard of the term “bridezilla” before and often times, planning your own wedding from start to finish has a way of bringing out a bit (or a lot) of your inner bridezilla.
Depending on the person, there will be additional pros and cons you’ll come across. It doesn’t matter if you decide planning your wedding is right or not right for you – just make sure you understand there are pros and cons on each side and it’s up to you to choose which ones you can handle!