Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Don't Do All of It Yourself Professional Help, or at Least Friends and Family, Could Lessen the Load for Wedding Planning

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Don't Do All of It Yourself Professional Help, or at Least Friends and Family, Could Lessen the Load for Wedding Planning

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No matter what anyone says, do-it-yourself weddings are impossible.

But that's not to say you can't do the majority of the work yourself (and save some serious cash), you just have to know where to begin and be willing to outsource at least some of the work to someone else.

First, don't assume you (and your bridal party) can do everything for the wedding. You might not need a wedding planner, but you're going to need some professional help.

I worked for a company that specializes in wedding decorations, favors, and fresh and silk flowers for four years. So when one of my oldest friends, Jessica Johnston (nee Eisele), got engaged, I offered my assistance to plan her wedding decorations.

She did a lot of the work herself -- she scoured garage sales and thrift stores, and managed to collect nearly 40 vases and almost 150 candle holders in varying shapes and sizes for the centerpieces. Her color scheme included chili-pepper pink and tangerine orange, and she found Chinese lanterns, citronella tiki torches and free- standing lanterns in those colors for her outdoor reception.

As for the cake, Jessica ordered a showy cake from amateur cake designer (and PG staffer) Kelly Mills. She bought sheet cakes to serve to the guests, but she still had a beautiful cake for pictures. In forgoing a professionally made cake to feed nearly 300 people, she was able to save some money.

She and a few bridesmaids got together and made pink-and-orange tissue-paper flowers, which her husband, Tony Johnston, and the groomsmen dutifully strung from the ceiling of the outdoor tent the day before the wedding, adding a lot of great summer color to a huge outdoor tent (she had nearly 300 guests).

Centerpieces were bunches of white hydrangeas and bear grass, and color was added to the tables with strips of ribbon in pink and orange arranged to form table runners. …

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