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Planning a DIY Wedding: What You Need to Know

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Every bride dreams of the perfect wedding. And for a growing number of brides, do-it-yourself ceremonies are the way to go.

It's not just the cost: DIYers say making everything from scratch gives your big day a personal touch you just can't get anywhere else.

It's a lot of work.

"We pretty much did everything," said Vicki Reeves, who got married in January. But she wouldn't have it any other way.

"It was kind of who I am," she said. "I like to paint, I like to make things; so I figured I'd make my wedding stuff me and my fiance made."

Well, mostly her.

"Whenever I made it," said her new husband, Dustin, "it wasn't quite as good as whenever she made it."

And there was a lot to make: invitations, accessories, gifts, decorations.

Vicki and Dustin are part of a growing trend -- couples ditching the traditional path to "I do" and getting their hands dirty.

Donna Roach helps a lot of brides find flowers at Wolfe Wholesale Florist in Waco. She starts with base colors.

"And then we take a walk into my playground and look at all the pretty flowers," said Roach.

With a budget in mind, it's about building arrangements based on what looks good to you.

A tip: start with hydrangeas.

"It's very easy if you're going to do it yourself, very easy to work with," Roach said.

Keep different textures in mind -- the more the better.

The last step is to take a look in the mirror and make sure it looks good to you. If you're designing your own bouquet, just over a hundred dollars for the flowers on average, and you're ready to walk down the aisle.

Wolfe also offers a class through McLennan Community College. Six weeks, $129, and you can learn how to get those bouquets just right.

But DIY weddings come with a host of other challenges. Like, where do you get your ideas?

"She spent a lot of time sitting in here using Pinterest and just kind of figuring out what she wanted to do," Dustin said of Vicki.

Pinterest is a big one, and not just the DIY pins.

"Saw a bunch of stuff I wanted but couldn't afford," said Vicki, "so I just made it myself."

Here's an idea: Photobooths are pretty popular, but they can be pricey. Get a cheap frame, some simple props, and a friend with a camera, and you've got a DIY photobooth.

Or head over to YouTube. There you can find how-to videos on everything for your big day, from flowers to decorations to, well, everything.

For things like decorations, craft stores are a gold mine.

Places like Hobby Lobby and Michael's get a lot of do-it-yourselfers. Some have entire sections devoted to weddings.

"I did, like, seven or eight different things before I decided ... you know, this is simple and this'll work," said Margaret Coleman.

She got married in September, and also did everything herself. "Everything except cook the food," she said.

Margaret was decorating the church and reception hall the night before she walked down the aisle.

She called it a "very long and tiring couple of days, but it's just nice seeing it come to fruition."

For more specific items, Salado is filled with specialty shops.

"They were just what she was looking for for that wedding," said Frances Gonzalez at Magnolia's of Salado, showing us some glittery butterflies they had in stock.

If you're going all out, you can even make your own jewelry.

"It'll have sentimental value because you're actually making it or having it made for yourself, so nobody else will have anything else like it," Kerri Lytle, of Brazos Collection, also in Salado, said.

Not a jewelry expert? They can help with, too.

"If they don't know how to do it but they know they want something that's special to them ... we'll help them pick it out and design it for them," said Lytle.

"I think doing it yourself makes it more memorable," Margaret said.

But no matter how much you decide to do yourself, remember: It takes a while.

"Make sure you have the time to do it," said Vicki. "'Cause if you don't, it's not going to be the way you want it."

So don't be afraid to outsource some of the work to willing friends and family.

"Use your friends who have some skills," said Margaret. Those skills can help you pay the bills.

Another tip: Try to manage your expectations. That turquoise rose might look good in the magazine, but it simply doesn't grow in nature.

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