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The Real Definition of D.I.Y.

We feel our industry will always have a debate around D.I.Y. vs hiring event professionals, so we thought we would weigh in on our thoughts on D.I.Y. Weddings.

We sat down together and discussed the following three questions:

When you think of D.I.Y. & Weddings, what is the first thing that comes to mind?

Honestly, there was a lot of cringing around the table as we thought of the topic of D.I.Y. & Weddings and that is because the majority of D.I.Y. projects that we have witnessed have not worked out. Many of the Pinterest D.I.Y. tricks are not scalable for a wedding of 200 guests, nor is there a “team” for production, installation or strike. We have also seen the stress and disappointment in the face of the bride (or mother of the bride) when a project has been too much and the end product is not at all what they had envisioned.

However, we also shared stories of beautiful D.I.Y. elements that were just the right amount of a personal touch for the couple’s day.

  • Invitation envelopes with hand calligraphy from the bride.
  • A ring bearer’s pillow made out of the bride’s mother’s and grandmother’s dress.
  • An heirloom lace tablecloth for the head table.
  • Monograms embroidered on linen dinner napkins.
  • Wood signage created by the groom’s parents.
  • Jars of jam from the bride’s hometown as favors.
  • A wooden card box that was a replica of the couple’s new home that was created by the father of the groom.
  • 1000 paper cranes that have been folded by the mother of the bride for the ceremony.

View More: http://christytylerphotography.pass.us/mollie-dave Photo – Christy Tyler Photography

Where do couples go wrong with D.I.Y. projects?

We have witnessed many D.I.Y. projects that have gone wrong and that is why we always try to educate our clients on what D.I.Y. elements are right for their wedding. We often get asked if our clients can purchase items, rather than renting them from another event professional. Depending on the specific item, it usually makes sense to rent from an event company, as you are often left with hundreds of votives, vases, or used dirty napkins, etc.

Couples go wrong with D.I.Y. when they bite off more than they can chew with their level of craftiness or expertise – or space! It takes a lot of space to execute a lot of what you see online and it also takes skills and tools that might not be easy to manage while juggling a career and wedding planning. D.I.Y. projects are complicated from conception to completion and often family and friends have to be brought on board for execution. Yes, this can be a bonding moment; but remember that your family and friends may be stressed with helping you too!

Finally, the wedding day logistics of some D.I.Y. projects can cause headaches for everyone. Most venues, florists and wedding planners will not install certain elements for liability reasons. You also have to be aware of building codes. For instance, buildings and venues in Chicago require special lights that comply with fire hazards and require a licensed professional to install them. Also, your wedding planner has more of a “producer” role for your wedding day, and you do not want him or her setting up your centerpieces when they should be ensuring you’re on time for photos, etc.

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What is one D.I.Y. component for a wedding that you would recommend for a couple?

We discussed that the reason many people want to incorporate a D.I.Y. element into their wedding is because they want a unique and personal touch to their wedding. Unless your family and friends are going to weddings every weekend, we promise that even a little detail will be that one personal touch that your guests will remember. So keep your D.I.Y. product small and leave the bigger items to the professionals.

Besides the success stories we listed above, here are some other ideas for a D.I.Y. component:

  • If you are an artist, work with your invitation designer to create a custom monogram or seal that can be used on your paper goods or even on your cake. This works because you create the image once and then your event professionals can repurpose the image in various elements in your wedding.
  • Want a unique table runner? Try a bold and patterned wrapping paper or repurpose a duvet cover into runners.
  • Create a talking point over cocktail hour or dinner by incorporating favorite sayings or moments in your relationship on your cocktail napkins or table numbers.
  • Make unique memories with your own photo booth props. Whether you have inside family jokes that you can write on a chalkboard, or live and die by your alma mater, or wish your four legged friend could be with you on your wedding day, these are just a few extra props you can add to your photo booth.

As the debate continues, we will continue to encourage our couples to add unique, personal touches to their wedding day, while relying on the expertise of their event professionals.

XO,
LK Events

 

View More: http://christytylerphotography.pass.us/mollie-dave Photo – Christy Tyler Photography

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Chicago Botanic Garden, Mariana & Joey

Mariana and Joey’s wedding weekend began after their rehearsal with a lovely Rehearsal Dinner at Skokie Country Club and then they continued the celebration with a Welcome Party at Trifecta Grill.

The morning of the wedding B. Beautiful Chicago and Kristin Ruengpinyophun made sure the ladies’ makeup and hair were picture perfect. Steven from Steven Rosenberg Photography and Will and Vadim from Imagination Designers were there to capture all the getting ready fun and special moments throughout the day. Joey and his groomsmen headed over to the Chicago Botanic Garden for some photos and then Mariana and her bridesmaids headed that way as well. Once Mariana and Joey’s first look was complete it was time for group photos.

After photos were finished it was time for the Wedding Party to head to Glencoe Union Church (which you might recognize this church from the movie Sixteen Candles). After a wonderful ceremony performed by Reverend David Wood it was time to make Mariana’s childhood dream complete as we headed back to the beautiful Chicago Botanic Garden for their reception.

Nicole from Fleur Couture added beautiful touches to the English Walled Garden. As guests entered the garden she hung mossy M and J Letters that were accented with fresh blooms on the garden gate doors. The large beautiful tree by the little pond was adorned with garden style arrangements in mason jars hung from navy ribbon and lanterns. The place card table had two large billowy garden style arrangements on both ends composed of hydrangea, garden roses, stock, dahlias, babies breath, curly willow and other seasonal florals in shades of ivory, blush, butter & apricot in ivory iron garden urns. The escort cards were placed atop green moss filled beveled mirrored boxes and mixed in between the boxes were votive candles and large open blooms. Guests enjoyed Crab Cakes, Goat Cheese Croquettes, Pork Tenderloin, Ratatouille Bruschetta and Roasted Scallops.

As guests entered McGinely Pavilion for the reception they took in all the beauty that surrounded them. There were tables with tall clear glass curvy vases topped with airy arrangements of ivory hydrangea, butter, yellow and ivory roses, peach and blush hypericum berries, deep blue delphinium, blush spray roses, blush dahlias, apricot stock, ivory Hawaiian orchids, ivory wax flower queen annes lace, seeded eucalyptus, trailing jasmine with votive candles hanging from curly willow branches. Other tables had low mercury glass footed vases filled with a cascading mix of similar floral in the taller arrangements including some curly willow touches.

Dan from The Indigo Band announced in our newlyweds and they cut their gorgeous cake from Three Tarts Bakery. After the cake cutting Mariana’s parents welcomed their guests and Reverend David Wood blessed the meal. The Best Man and Maid of Honor toasted the happy couple while guests enjoyed their Romaine, Radicchio and Watercress Salad. Guests dined on Filet Mignons, Roasted Salmon or Wild Mushroom Ravioli all cooked to perfection by the team from Culinary Landscape. Mariana’s Father took another moment to speak about his daughter and his new son-in-law. And then it was Mariana and Joey’s turn to honor their families and friends.

After their thank you speech Mariana and Joey had their first dance followed by the Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dances. And now it was time for The Indigo Band to let loose and get this group on the dance floor and my goodness they kept them on the dance floor all night to the point that I wasn’t sure we were ever going to get them off of it. After the band played their final song was when some of the remaining guests broke into a capella singing and if memory serves me correctly Mariana had a part in this as well. It was such a fun night for everyone!

I was very honored to help Mariana and Joey with their wedding planning process. Throughout their wedding day I was able to see so many loving looks, genuine smiles, laughter and pure happiness. I love catching up with them and always look forward to the next time I see them.

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Band: Indigo with Arlen Music Productions
Brunch: Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel
Cake: Three Tarts Bakery
Caterer: Culinary Landscape
Church: Glencoe Union Church
Floral: Fleur Couture
Hair: Kristin Ruengpinyophun
Makeup: B. Beautiful Chicago
Officiant: Reverend David Wood
Paper Items: Yellow Bird
Photographer: Steven Rosenberg Photography
Rehearsal Dinner: Skokie Country Club
Room Block: Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel
Transportation: Chicago Trolley & Double Decker and VIP Valet
Venue: Chicago Botanic Garden
Videographer: Imagination Designers
Welcome Party: Trifecta Grill