Before brides and grooms dive headfirst into planning and executing their own wedding décor, I ask them who they have signed up to help them on the big day. Trust me, as one who DIY’d her entire wedding in 2004, before DIYing was cool – you do not want to spend your wedding day dealing with setup of your décor if you can possibly avoid it.
Sometimes things that appear “simple” are not. Yes, pre-lit Chinese lanterns in your wedding color would look lovely around your venue. But “pre-lit” doesn’t mean pre-assembled, and you have to build those lanterns, assemble the LED lights, and then hang them. Some wedding venues don’t have a good spot to string lanterns from, others have rules about what goes where. If you’re using a tent, it’s the perfect environment, but it still takes hours to actually hang them all on fishing line so that they look good.
The very best DIY wedding decorations are ones that can be created in advance of the wedding, and require little-to-no cleanup afterwards.