Your Skills “Can” Save Cash!
One of the best ways for you to cut wedding costs is to get crafty and create some of your own decorations, centerpieces, favors and gifts. It will be important, even for those that are extremely crafty, to pick and choose what projects you decide to take on. Trying to do too much, while cheaper, can eventually drive the bride crazy! It’s better to have a fairly relaxed bride then one who is stressed out, even if it means shelling out a little extra cash to vendors or relegating some of the responsibilities to family members or friends. Here are some tasks you can take on yourself if you or your friends and family have mad crafting skills:
Create Your Own Floral Decorations: Individuals who enjoy floral arts may want to make their own decorations for the ceremony. Not only is it often cheaper to create your own centerpieces, floral arrangements, and corsages, also, when you create your own decorations you can customize them so that the flowers perfectly match your wedding colors.
Create Your Own Centerpieces: The cost of centerpieces can quickly add up, especially for couples who invite a lot of guests. The more people a couple invites to their reception, the more tables they will require and the more centerpieces they will have to either make or purchase. If you can create your own centerpieces, you can save a lot of money. And centerpieces do NOT have to be flowers; they can be natural objects, candles, or the favors you hand out.
Make Your Own Wedding Favors, Bridesmaids and Groomsmen Gifts: Making your own wedding favors, bridesmaids and groomsmen gifts can save you cash and also provide a personal touch to what is often an impersonal gift. Scrapbooks, small gift items such as journals, beaded necklaces, and other decorative items can all be much more meaningful (and less expensive) than a store-bought gift.
Make Your Own Table Linens. While most brides wouldn’t want to take on the responsibility of creating your own wedding dress or bridesmaids’ dresses, sewing tablecloths and napkins is something those with even beginner seamstress skills can do. Napkins are often cheaper to make than to rent, and you can perfectly match your décor.
After deciding to put ones craft skills to work on their own wedding, it will be important to carefully choose what projects that person takes on. Doing too much can take the fun out of the both the process and the wedding. It can make it extremely stressful, unbearable even. A person might want to choose one or two projects and then leave the rest to others.
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