Things to Consider when Planning a Wedding Yourself

If you’re anything like us, you and your partner are planning your entire wedding on your own. We (Ariel & Alyssa) both planned each of our own weddings by ourselves without enlisting the help of any planners, consultants, or decorators, so we know exactly just how much is involved with doing it all yourself! You’re contacting vendors, touring venues, tasting food & cakes, pricing out flowers, and DIY-ing your decorations. If this sounds like you, WE FEEL YOU! We’ve both been there and it is a TON of work! Whether you’re planning on having a backyard wedding like Ariel, or a cottage wedding like Alyssa, or anything in between, we’ve put together a list of a few things to consider when planning your own wedding!


Your venue is one of the most important parts of your day! It’s the backdrop of your wedding, the scene of the beginning of your marriage, the place you’re sharing with all of your guests, so you should not take your wedding venue decision lightly! One thing to think about when it comes to venues is the lighting. For your ceremony & reception venue(s), lighting plays an extremely important role in the look and feel of your photography. If you want your photos to be more on the bright and natural side, a dark venue like a restaurant or hotel with limited windows and natural lighting may not provide your photographers with the ability to capture that style of photos.

Another thing to consider when checking out venues is whether or not you’re able to have your ceremony & reception within the same location. When there isn’t any travel in between your ceremony and reception, it can add lots of extra time for the important things… like extra portrait time!! Choosing a venue that has everything you need for your entire day is always a good idea, and there are so many that offer just about anything you might have on your checklist!

Types of venues we love that are great for having ample amounts of natural lighting, and that you can have both your ceremony and reception at: