DIY Wedding Decor vs. Hiring a Professional: What’s Best for Your Big Day?

April 2, 2024

isaac beachy

Wedding Tips

The ambiance of your wedding is crucial in setting the mood for one of the most memorable days of your life. Many brides grapple with the decision of whether to take on the task of decorating their own venue (DIY) or to outsource the work to professionals. Each approach has its own pros and cons and understanding these can help you make an informed choice that aligns with your vision, skills, and budget.

DIY Wedding Decor


  • Personalization: DIY decor allows couples to inject their personality and story into the decorations, making the wedding feel more intimate and unique.
  • Cost-Effective: Generally, opting for DIY can save money. You’re essentially cutting out the labor costs and sometimes the markup on materials.
  • Satisfaction: There’s a sense of pride and accomplishment that comes with creating something for such an important occasion.


  • Time-Consuming: Crafting decorations by hand is a time-intensive process which might add to pre-wedding stress.
  • Skill Dependent: Quality and execution depend on your craftiness. Without experience, DIY decorations can sometimes look less professional.
  • Logistics: You’ll need to manage all aspects of décor, from purchasing materials to set-up and tear-down on the wedding day.

Hiring or Renting Wedding Decor


  • Convenience: Hiring someone to handle your wedding decor frees up time for you to focus on other planning elements.
  • Professional Results: Professionals have the experience to elevating the decor, ensuring everything looks harmonious and polished.
  • Range of Options: Rental companies often have a vast inventory of decor items, giving you plenty of choices without the commitment of purchasing.


  • Cost: The price tag for hiring a professional decorator or renting decor can be significantly higher than doing it yourself.
  • Less Personal: While professionals can tailor their services, it may not feel as personalized compared to something you’ve made yourself.
  • Availability: Depending on what you’re looking for, there may be limitations on decor availability or rental periods.

Before you decide, think about what matters most to you — is it the customization and satisfaction of DIY’ing, or the convenience and professionalism that comes with hiring? How much time are you willing to dedicate to decor, and do you have trusted friends or family who can help if you choose the DIY route?

In essence, there’s no right or wrong choice. Whether you put on your crafting hat or opt for a helping hand, what’s most important is that your day reflects who you are as a couple. Whatever you choose, your wedding is sure to be a day worth remembering.


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About the Author

Heya I am Isaac Beachy, my wife and I are a wedding photo and film team. We are based in Kokomo Indiana, but we travel literally everywhere. Together, Liv and I are like peanut butter and jelly, mac and cheese, or whatever your favorite combo is! Our mission? To capture your story and so authentically that you don’t even know we are there.

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