Planning Your Wedding? Here’s What You Should and Shouldn’t DIY

During the wedding planning process, it’s only natural to want to save as much money as possible. There is an abundance of ways to do this, but DIYing certain parts of your wedding is by far the most popular. While you do want to save money and several decorations and small details can be made at home, there are certain things that you should splurge on and leave up to professionals. As experts in both pit beef catering and wedding planning, we’ve compiled a list of things you should and shouldn’t DIY on your special day.

Should: Design and Print Your Own Invitations

Add a Personal Touch By Using Free Tools to Create Wedding Invites

overhead shot of wedding invitations and a variety of plants

Instead of hiring a designer to create your wedding invitations who will most likely upcharge you for printing and cutting, you can use free tools with templates such as Canva to create fun and memorable invitations. Once you’ve made your dream invites, you can take these files to any print shop and have them done without the hassle (and costs) of a middleman. It may take some time to play around with the design and tinker with the paper cutter, but you can save a few hundred dollars with a little extra effort.

Shouldn’t: Try Catering Your Own Pit Beef or BBQ Menu

Leave the Food to Experts in Upscale, BBQ, and Pit Beef Catering

catering made by the Smokehouse Grill

Many people are tempted to cater their own wedding to cut down on costs, but it is never worth the day-of stress. You should be waking up on your wedding day feeling ready to look beautiful and get dressed, not worrying about cooking for a large group of people. This includes family members too, as they should enjoy their day rather than worrying about the catering. It’s simple—trust the experts in the room and let them take on the responsibility of cooking for all of your guests. Plus, many pit beef catering companies may also rent china and silverware, which saves money, too.


Should: Create Your Own Personalized Centerpieces

Get Creative and Cut Back on Costs

wedding reception setup with china, silverware, and centerpieces

You can order beautiful centerpieces in bulk for your wedding, but this convenience comes at a certain price. Instead of buying these expensive pieces, with some craft supplies and inspiration, you can personalize your centerpieces to fit your wedding’s specific theme. Not only will this cut down on costs, but you can assure better quality and use the same materials that you may be using for other decorations to tie the entire room together. Not only this, but crafting these together is a great bonding experience for you and your spouse—if you have two hands and some hot glue, you’re already on track!

Shouldn’t: Take Photography Into Your Own Hands

Spend the Extra Money for a Qualified Wedding Photographer 

closeup of photographer taking wedding photos of bride and groom

Just because your family friend has a camera that they can take pictures with doesn’t mean that they should be your wedding photographer. There is a vast difference between someone who has been in the business for years and someone who is a hobby photographer. These experts have been trained in their craft and know exactly how to get the best shots possible while staying out of the day during your big day. Instead of worrying whether your friend’s photos will turn out well, you should splurge a little bit to ensure you can hang memories of your wedding day on your living room walls for decades to come.


There are many ways to save money on your wedding day by spending a little extra time and effort DIYing them. However, there are also some things that are better left to the people who have dedicated their entire lives to perfecting their craft. Trust your gut—you do want to save money, but not at the expense of ruining the fun of your wedding day. Starting your wedding planning process and looking for an expert in pit beef catering? Contact the Smokehouse Grill today and treat your tastebuds to an unforgettable day.

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