{expert tip} The Right & Wrong way to DIY

From the Spring/Summer 2015 issue of The Wedding Ring ONTARIO Magazine

Wendy Bennewies, Owner of Devine Wedding Design, believes in her heart that every couple deserves the ultimate wedding. So, whether you’re planning a small, intimate wedding or a large, grand affair, Wendy has made it her mission to turn your wedding dreams into a reality. In this featured expert tip, Wendy shares the right and very wrong way to DIY!

Recognize that DIY is more about personality and creativity than savings. It can cost more to by various separate décor elements and assemble them than it would to just rent as one piece. Also acknowledge that renting is almost always more cost effective than buying.

Not all savings are created equal. Cheap items can often look well, cheap… It may be better to rent a quality product and put a project together yourself than to purchase a multitude of dollar store items to be “cost effective”, only to be embarrassed by the finished product when you look back at the photos.

Consider renting centrepiece elements form your decorator instead of purchasing vases and props at a retail location. At Devine Wedding Design, rental vases and related props are hot commodities because they allow clients to create their own arrangements without having to buy the items outright. Wendy gives an example, “Adding an inexpensive set of votive cups to a centrepiece is a cost effective way to enhance your centrepiece appearance without breaking the budget.”

If you’re going to take on a big DIY project such as the head table backdrop, source props through a decorator. At Devine Wedding Design, you can choose your various backdrop elements (flower accents, backdrop types, props such as window frames…). They will deliver the items to your venue so that you can play with it, get creative, and ultimately assemble your own look on site.

Want to polish the look of the entire room? Combine items such as metal buckets or black urns with simple, yet elegant faux flowers in various places throughout the room and/or entrance points. The cost is relatively low, allows you to get your hands dirty and they will work together to make a bigger impact overall!

Choosing the right linen to pair with your DIY centrepiece or other display/arrangement is essential… Guests spend a lot of their time seated at your reception tables, making your linens the centre of their attention for an extended period of time. Adding the smallest of details to your tables can make a big impact. Consider adding small diamonds to the centre of your flowers or a small butterfly that sit on a flower or branch, faux diamonds strewn about on the table top…oose to rent instead of buy when it comes to items such as money/card containers and seating plans or easels. Your budget will go much further and allow a higher end product this way. Then put any dollars saved towards another important element of your wedding.

Focus your DIY details on the tables that your guests will ‘stop at’ throughout the evening –  the cake table, the registry table, the seating plan easel.

More on Devine Wedding Design

Devine Wedding Design carries everything from backdrops, ceiling drapery and centrepieces to the smaller details such as envelope containers, linens and chair covers that fit into a long list of colour schemes, styles and themes. They are based in Mitchell yet serve Southwestern Ontario. They can be reached by telephone (519-348-4191), email or online. You can also read The Ring’s review on Devine Wedding Design.

Devine Wedding Design, The Wedding Ring Ontario Magazine Spring/Summer 2015