At the beginning of each year I always get asked about wedding trends. What will...
Following on from the success of the last Wedding Wednesday Discussion, Here is the next one.
D.I.Y weddings……….Good or Bad?
I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject, the whole wedding fair discussion is still going on, I’d love to get a good reaction from you on this as well.
So the whole D.I.Y wedding culture has totally taken over the wedding world, it seems everyone has gone DIY mad! But want I want to know is this a good or bad thing?
With so many amazing blogs and websites around now and so many big national magazines, the ideas and inspiration for today’s bride is more varied, with a whole lot more choice and selection, BUT this has come at a time when the economic crises has hit the industry badly, so it seems the trend now is for the brides to do a lot of these things themselves.
Brides are calling in favours from friends and family, and armed with sticky back plastic, a collection of jam jars, tin cans, tissue paper and a glitter gun, seem more than happy to get dirty and make it themselves.
I have spoke to the suppliers about it and yes it has effected them, companies such as stationers have been hit badly, as this seems to be the first thing that people cut back on……why buy them when you can spend endless nights up to your elbows in card, paper inlays and transfers. Favours again something people seem quite happy to do themselves. Candy stations…why hire or buy when you trawl through IKEA to find the right size jar! Wedding cars being borrowed from rich relatives, even cakes are being made by Auntie Sue, who insists that people do still want to eat fruit cake!…………and as for friends doing the photographs, please don’t get me started, I’ll be here all day! Suppliers have suffered, as couples find more and more ways to cut back.
But as the same time has this passion for DIY started the movement of more imaginative weddings? Blogs like Style me pretty, Ruffled blog and Rock n Roll Bride show couples it’s OK to be different, to make the day more personal, it’s these little touches that make their wedding stand out from the next. Brides and Grooms now seem to want to create something different, and make the day more personal and with the DIY element in full swing this is now much easier and more widely accepted.
I personally love seeing weddings where a bit of imagination has been used, instead of the generic centre piece, standard bit of stationary or useless favour. Isn’t this do it yourself outlook helping push the boundaries more, so getting rid of those staid, tired weddings that everyone has seen a million times?
So how do we strike a balance? How do the suppliers keep their business, while the couples keep their individuality………………..I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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