At the time that my partner proposed I was over joyed. I couldn’t wait to get started with the wedding preparations. However, going into our engagement we weren’t quite sure when the wedding would actually take place.We would circle around getting married in 2 years rather than 1 year and than one day we both had a breakthrough. We decided to have a small and intimate wedding.Now, as soon as we decided this I knew I wanted to have a DIY Backyard Wedding.
Even though we had a very small wedding it was still very overwhelming. We all know how overwhelming planning any type of big event can get. Luckily, Some of the little things I did helped me stay sane throughout the process. I decided I wanted to share with all of you a couple of things I did to make the three month wedding planning process less stressful.
- A short engagement means start planning immediately.
Even though we did get married six months after the proposal, we only had three months to plan the wedding. As I mentioned before, we randomly decided to have a short engagement. At this point, I immediately started planning. I hopped on to Pinterest and begin pinning wedding ideas. Picking a theme was quite easy because I always knew I wanted a Bohemian themed wedding.
Photography was also a big priority for my husband and I. I started looking around immediately. Luckily, We were able to have MOOSE STUDIO join us for our wedding. Till now, we feel truly blessed and forever grateful to them. Our wedding pictures are beyond gorgeous. They truly did an amazing job capturing the details on our special day.
Thank you Michaela and Josh from moosestudio.com for being a part of our wedding! You guys are a lovely couple and make an amazing team! My husband and I will forever be grateful!
2. Be Realistic.
At the very moment that we decided to have a backyard wedding I knew exactly what I would be able to save money on. I knew we didn’t have to invest in a venue or expensive catering. We decided we were going to have tacos and appetizers for our guests. As for the venue, My godmother was a sweetheart and let us use her backyard for our ceremony and reception. Those two things alone saved us a ton of money. I had also decided that I wasn’t going to hire a florist either. The backyard where our wedding took place was filled with greenery. However, I did use faux flowers to emphasize our color scheme. I know a lot of people disagree on faux flowers for a wedding but I think it’s okay as long as you don’t overdo the faux flowers. For example, I used real flowers for my cake but faux flowers for my bouquet and decorations. Can you believe my bouquet and most of my flower decorations were fake?!
I also knew I was going to save a lot of money on our cake because my grandparents own a bakery.
I also knew that my biggest investment was going to have to be my dress. As soon as I went dress haunting I set myself a budget of $1,000 for my dress. Luckily, I found my dream dress for less than $300 dollars! What a steal! As soon as I saw it I fell in love with it! It was exactly what I wanted for our boho-inspired wedding!
Point is, be realistic on what you can financially afford and don’t be afraid to do things differently. Set a budget and truly stick to it. Jot down the main priorities for your wedding and jot down what you would be okay with downgrading on.
For example, as I mentioned before my dress was a huge priority for me. I knew I wanted a beautiful dress so I set a high budget for that. In order to do that I had to be okay with cutting down on certain things such as having real flowers and having a treats table. Luckily, I ended up saving a good chunk of money due to my dress being so inexpensive.
3. Compromise with your significant other.
Luckily, there wasn’t much my partner and I didn’t agree on. He was very much aware of everything I wanted for the wedding. We were always on the same page with the wedding details. However, I think I got lucky that he agreed with me so much. Let’s be real, it wont be that way for every couple. Be aware that there are things that maybe you won’t agree on. It’s totally okay because as long as there is communication there is always happy in between.
4. Make lists, lots of them.
Planning a wedding is so hectic especially in a short amount of time. Making lists will be your best friend throughout this process, trust me. This is by far the best thing you can do in order to keep an organized mind. While I was planning my wedding crossing things off from my lists was the best feeling in the world. It was like releasing weight off my shoulders. It felt great because it made me feel like I was a step closer to finishing my wedding tasks.
5. DIY what you can.
For those who truly know me have come to understand that I have a DIY obsession. I knew that having a backyard wedding would give me the flexibility of DIY-ing most of the wedding decor. Of course, many people disagreed with the idea of making everything myself for the wedding. Regardless of people’s opinions, I knew DIY-ing was something that had to be a part of our wedding. It was so important to me because Julio and I love to create things and we wanted our wedding to show off our personalities.
I started off by making a list of decor that I knew I would be able to DIY in such a short period of time. Once my list was ready I went on a haunt for items I needed to create these lovely decor pieces. I definitely took advantage of coupons and sales at the craft stores. I also searched some local thrift stores and of course our local dollar stores.
DIY Bohemian Centerpieces: Can you believe most of the items to make my centerpieces were from the dollar store?!
- Materials Used: Tin Trays, Candles, Reindeer and spanish moss, Faux flower, Succulent, and customized labels.
This centerpiece was so easy to make. The only tricky and time consuming task was arranging everything on the tray. However, once I was satisfied with the arrangement putting them together was a piece of cake. I also decided to glue everything down on the tray just to make sure everything sat nicely together.
Click Here to view a full tutorial on how to make this centerpiece.
DIY Flower Crown: Can you believe that making a faux flower crown was cheaper than buying a fresh flower one?!
To make this flower crown I looked up tutorials on youtube and went off from there. I bought all the supplies from Michaels and Dollar Tree.
- Materials used: flower wire, faux flowers, and hot glue.
DIY Guest Book: Our guest book was actually a customizable picture book from CVS.
I know sounds crazy right? However, it was so inexpensive to order and so customizable! I really like how it turned out because we were able to use some of our engagement photos. The only downside about this customizable photo book was the cover. I wasn’t a big fan of it being printed out on regular paper and just glued one but I gotta admit the inside of the book was of great quality!
Click Here to customize and purchase your own.
DIY Wooden Signs: Wooden signs are a great way to decorate a wedding on a budget.
- Materials used: wood, wood stain, paint markers and chalk.
Creating a wood sign can look complicated but its actually very easy if you use the chalk transfer method.
Click Here to view my video of a full tutorial on how to use the transfer method.
DIY ChalkBoard Signs: Chalkboard signs look as beautiful as wooden signs. They are also very inexpensive to create. Michael’s has a lot of different wooden frames to choose from but you can also use photo frames or even wood. All you have to do is buy some chalk paint and chalk markers. The wonderful thing about chalkboards is that you can also use the chalk transfer method to create beautiful calligraphy.
Also, If you don’t have a lot of time on your hands it’s always a good idea to go find discounted items at crafts store and thrift shops. A lot of my other decorations were either from Michael’s or local thrift shops.
6. Let people help you.
I have to be honest. At first, I was determined to do things on my own. I didn’t want anyone to sabotage or criticize my vision. However, doing things on your own can get too overwhelming. People around you want to help so just let them help. Also, be VERY open to criticism. Most likely when people offer to help it can open up very different points of views. For example, some of my family members loved my decorations and others thought I should of done things differently. However, at the end of the day they all want to see you happy and they will do whatever it takes to make you happy on that special day.
7. If something goes majorly wrong just roll with it.
On our wedding day, there were a couple of minor things that just didn’t go my way. I tried really hard not to let any of those things get to me. After all, they were many small things that really didn’t matter at the end of the night. However, it can get stressful when people around you start pointing out things that are going wrong or addressing things that you should of done differently. Even though it can get stressful always remember to take a deep breath and enjoy your special day. After all, it’s a one in a lifetime experience.
After all the ups and downs always remain grateful. Grateful to your family and the people around you. If something you wanted for your wedding isn’t able to happen or something goes completely wrong don’t stress. In fact, expect something to go wrong because not everything will be perfect. To be honest, I’ve never heard of something NOT going wrong during a wedding. Of course, I’m not saying something horrible will happen but train your mind to be okay IF something does go wrong. Most of all, always remember to enjoy your special day. Family and friends want to see you happy. So no matter what happens cherish every moment (good or bad) during your one in a lifetime experience.
I hope you guys enjoyed some of my tips on how to plan a wedding on a short amount of time. I hope these were helpful and will be useful to you on your wedding planning journey. Also, if you have any other tips or DIY wedding ideas I would love to hear them! Don’t be shy to share them in the comments below!