We love a good DIY project, but there’s no denying that some things are best left to the professionals. (That’s why you won’t catch any of us changing the transmission on our vans!) When it comes to wedding design, it’s essential to hire an expert who knows how to work with many elements cohesively, including flowers, linens, drapery, lighting, and other decorative items.
Considering wedding design is what separates an Insta-worthy celebration fit for publication from the rest, you won’t want to cut corners here. After all, your wedding’s aesthetic will live on for years in photos — if you want to be perfect, it’s best to entrust an experienced designer.
Here’s the thing: Designing a show-stopping wedding isn’t the same as buying some pretty tablecloths and candles. Instead, it’s about seeing the bigger picture and applying design elements like balance, proportion, contrast, and texture. Most people haven’t studied design nor do they have an “eye” for such aspects, leading to a wedding that can feel amateurish and basic.
But even if you do have a penchant for aesthetics, DIYing your wedding design can create timing and logistical challenges. It’s a much greater undertaking than most realize and one completely separate from planning. You’ll need plenty of time to plan, and you’d probably like to enjoy your engagement at some point! Adding the full-time job of designing your wedding can end up requiring far more than you expected.
Not to mention, the designer will need to be onsite in the days leading up to the wedding, which is something you simply won’t have time for amidst dress fittings, rehearsals, welcome parties, and more.
When you have an expert on your side, you can trust that they’ve studied design concepts and know how to apply them to your unique venue space.
But education is only one benefit! Experienced designers will also have access to top-quality decor and rentals through their network. So while you can scour all the thrift stores in your area, pros are connected to leading rental companies, decor shops, and other sources that can bring your vision to life.
Likewise, wedding professionals know the venues in your area well, so there’s a good chance your designer has worked at yours! They’ll know the best areas to dress up for photos ops and how to hide unsightly features like exit signs, utility panels, and columns.
And since they have that tight-knit network, they’ll work directly with your team. From hanging greenery from a chandelier to curating a lavish food display, your designer can collaborate with the rest of your vendors so you don’t have to worry about it.
Your wedding design is the first thing your guests will notice and will continue to be what they remember as your wedding day is captured in pictures, so it’s best not to leave it to chance and hire a pro! If you don’t know where to start, consult with your wedding venue for references — they can help you find one familiar with the space.