Congratulations on your engagement!
This next, brief, chapter in life (going from engaged to married) is meant to be fun, exciting, and cherished. As a couple begins to plan their wedding there are many things that need to be done, family options to consider and of course figuring out and making a budget for the wedding they have envisioned.
I created this site to assist budget conscious couples through all things DIY wedding.
I’m Stephanie, a wedding officiant, premarital counselor, and by default mini wedding coordinator/ decorator. Before my life was “all things wedding,” I served in the United States Air Force. My experience in the military took me all over the world.
One thing that I witnessed over and over again was the power and connection of people in love. That was when I knew that I wanted to be a part of one of the most important days in a person’s life, their wedding day.
So, I decided to become an ordained minister and licensed officiant.
Why DIY Weddings…
Each year more couples are deciding to opt for a DIY type of wedding.
Many couples use the money they would spend on a wedding to save for a home, pay off bills, or one of the many other reasons, the list goes on and on. One thing these couples have in common is that they don’t want to spend the average $32K budget on their wedding.
If you are one of these couples, there’s great news, you can still have a beautiful wedding without spending tens of thousands of dollars.
I have officiated hundreds of weddings and more than half of them were budget weddings. This meant there was no budget for a wedding planner or decorator so I took on that role. As an officiant I am constantly asked about decorations and inexpensive places to hold a wedding.
Over time, I eventually ended up investing in wedding decorations and would rent them to couples I officiated for. The largest wedding I have decorated for had 500 guests with a budget of $2000.
One day I realized that I was running out of room to store all the wedding decor I accumulated and had to change my strategy.
What you get from DIY Weddings…
So I created this site, now couples from all over can get information on all things DIY Wedding. Couples will find wedding ideas, decorating tips, and be able to purchase all of their DIY wedding products in one place.
I am always looking for ways to improve and provide resources for engaged couples so if you ever have a suggestion, or any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
It’s a DIY Wedding!