DIY Bride Guide: Where to Splurge, Where to Save?

For brides who are looking to remain on budget, the question of when to splurge and when to save is a concern. A popular way of saving on costs is by incorporating DIY elements into your big day. This trend has become extremely popular for couples who are looking to save big bucks.The problem with this trend arises when the couple incorporates so many DIY elements that they spend every moment leading up to the wedding weekend completing a variety of crafts. Therefore, take our advice below when deciding when to splurge and save. Wedding Music: For every bride and groom who has been to a wedding and thought that the musical entertainment was lacking, learn from that couples mistake! Great entertainment is something that your guests are going to remember from your wedding day. Instead of ending the night early, keep the night going with great music and moves on the dance floor. In addition to making sure guests have a great time at the reception, it is important for the bride and groom to have an amazing time as well. Therefore, spend a little extra money and get the band or DJ that you know is going to satisfy you, your groom, and your guests.

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Gillian Armour and Stuart Nugent's wedding at the Island House on John's Island SC. Wedding photographer Charleston SC, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790, ameliaanddan.com

Decorations: 

Weddings today are overflowing with DIY craft ideas. Whether it is a DIY table runner, lantern, cake stand, or other fun decor, brides are turning crafty in order to save money on their wedding day. Who can blame these savvy brides?! With websites like Pinterest overflowing with craft ideas for their big day, it is easy to find creative ideas. At Pure Luxe, we believe DIY crafts are not only a great way to save money, but a nice way to add a creative touch and show the bride and grooms personality. However, problems arise when the bride spends every waking moment leading up to her big day with a glue gun and burlap in hand. DIY overload can become a problem for couples who are looking to save big bucks. Pure Luxe would like to remind couples that less is more in terms of DIY. Too many DIY crafts can become overwhelming and look like an explosion of Pinterest. Therefore, keep the crafts to a minimum. Allow the beauty of your venue to speak for itself without overloading the venue with trendy, DIY crafts. This way you and your groom can enjoy each others company in the months leading up to the big day, without stressing over tons of craft projects.

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Floral Pieces: 

Creating floral arrangements and centerpieces are no easy tasks, just ask the professionals! Whether you are trying to create a centerpiece, bouquets, or decorative arrangements, brides who try to save money by creating flower arrangements themselves are up for a big task. Pure Luxe Bride recommends couples avoid the stress and hours of preparation and instead hire a florist. Also, what bride wants to be running around her venue arranging flowers on the day she says I Do?! That is what a professional florist and your Pure Luxe Bride wedding planner is for! Avoid the hassle and stress of creating your own floral arrangements and spend the money for a professional to handle that task. Professional florist can create beautiful arrangements matching your design concept and color scheme.

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The Realistic Guide to Pinterest

Pinterest...we all love it, but do we know how to use it? Whether we are pinning on our computer, our iPad, or even our phone, the addiction of ‘pinning’ has become an obsession in the wedding industry. In fact, the usage of Pinterest has transformed the wedding industry in terms of decor and inspiration. It can be such an advantage for the Pure Luxe Bride who knows how to use it properly! Lucky for you, we have compiled a list of tips to help our brides be realistic when pinning to their wedding boards! Cassady Clayton and Joe Hild's wedding at the Gibbes Museum in Charleston SC. Wedding photographer Charleston SC, modern vintage photography, amelia + dan, 843.801.2790, ameliaanddan.com

DIY Overload: First things first, remember that Pinterest should be used as a source of inspiration for your wedding day. You do not have to copy every DIY craft, bouquet, or table arrangement that you come across. We suggest that you incorporate different elements that you find on Pinterest, along with your own taste and preferences, in order to transform that idea into something that is unique and original to you and your groom. Originality is key into making your wedding day personal. Often on Pinterest, ideas can become way too repetitive and show up at every wedding that season.  No wonder we see everyone with swizzle stick straws sticking out of mason jars. Take ideas you find on Pinterest and transform them into something of your own.

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Also, don’t let beautiful tablescapes and glamorous shots of venues be misleading. Many of the elaborate decorations you find on Pinterest come from wedding styled shoots and are not from an actual wedding. These shots are designed to serve as a vision for the wedding industry. These shots are also very expensive, and hardly in budget. Therefore, take these styled shoots for what they are...inspiration! Whether it is a color scheme, bouquet, or flatware arrangements, there is inspiration to be gathered from these amazing shoots.

If you are the bride who is looking for craft inspiration, then we have some advice for you. As you know, Pinterest is overflowing with DIY ideas for your wedding day. We do not blame brides for loving a good DIY craft. However, it is important for brides to remember that crafts do not always turn out as planned. Therefore, no bride should spend the months leading up to her wedding day pouring all of her time and energy into tons of DIY crafts. Before Pinterest, it was not normal for brides to do absolutely everything themselves. Taking that into consideration, brides should rely on their vendors and the services they offer, as well as their wedding planning team. At Pure Luxe Bride, we offer in-house design services, which are sure to make your wedding day look gorgeous! With the help of these fabulous sources, brides can have a beautiful visual concept for their big day, without all of the glue guns and glitter.

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Lastly, don’t be naive. You cannot believe everything you see on Pinterest. Keep in mind that it is a great tool and reference for inspiration. Some things may not be accurate, and often can be misleading. Therefore, use Pinterest wisely and be realistic about what you see.  Take advantage of the ability to organize different inspiration boards. Use Pinterest as a guide to come up with ideas and make up your own to make your wedding day YOURS

Visit the Pure Luxe Bride Pinterest page for tons of inspiration for you big day!