6 ways your wedding planner can make your DIY wedding dream a reality

Emma Jordan Weddings tells us how exactly she can help bring your DIY wedding vision to life.

Written by High Life North
Published 14.02.2022


More and more couples are now resorting to a DIY wedding, and we don’t blame them. It’s the perfect way to make your special day yours without being told what you can or can’t do by big venues.

One package doesn’t fit all, this is why we love DIY weddings. There’s just something so sentimental about being able to add your personal touch to your big day.

But DIY weddings have a lot more hands on involvement than just simply tying the knot. That’s why having a wedding planner can take the stress away, leaving you with more time to focus on enjoying your special day.

From budgeting, decorating to crockeryware, North East’s very own wedding planner, Emma Jordan Weddings tells us how exactly she can help bring your DIY wedding vision to life.


DIY doesn’t exactly mean you’ll be saving money, it comes with a cost purely because you’re creating your dream wedding day from scratch. This is where Emma Jordan comes in. She offers a shared budget spreadsheet that helps you keep a track of all spending and breaks down estimated costs on each area of the wedding depending on wedding size/budget.

‘I can help find the best deals and help to rein in the spending,’ says Emma. ‘I always get my couples to pick what their top three priorities are when it comes to their wedding, anything that isn’t a must doesn’t need the money pumped into it if it’s not a necessity!’

Styling inspiration

Fear not brides whose talents don’t lie in the creative world, it can be so hard to know what style you want for your wedding. The style and design process can seem super daunting, after spending hours flicking through Pinterest – but there’s so much more out there.

‘Having a wedding planner can really help dig deep into your own personal tastes, from looking at items in your home or even from the drinks you enjoy – design and style can be built around that,’ says Emma. ‘Think mood boards, colour pallets, textures, the 5 senses – all these things come into play when having a wedding planner to help you create your vision.’

1. Helping with prioritising your wedding to-do list

Your wedding to-do list can seem never-ending, especially when you can’t help thinking about adding more when you are in the process of ticking off the list. Let Emma do the hard work for you.

‘The spreadsheet document that I use with my couples is a shared file, which means I can update it with the most up to date task that needs to be dealt with that month, from sourcing the last few suppliers to making a start on collecting those final numbers,’ says Emma.

2. Chasing invitations and guests RSVPS

When you already have endless amounts to think about it’s hard to keep a track of who’s coming to your wedding. That’s why Emma recommends creating a wedding website. 

‘I highly recommend this to couples it keeps all your RSVP’s in one place, says Emma. ‘In the world, we live in now, guests love a website – you can create something super personal, whilst keeping it really informative and can have an RSVP section – win-win!’

3. Venue dressing

No one wants to be running around on the morning of the wedding quickly dressing up their wedding venue? It’s your time to relax and sip on some bubbly while getting glammed up.

‘Some venues are happy to help with the dressing of the venue, however, some don’t, if you’re looking for something quite complex, I’d highly recommend hiring a planner/stylist,’ says Emma. ‘As they work for YOU – meaning they work fully with your vision ensuring it comes to life.

‘As much as some Wedding Venue Co-ordinators would be happy jumping in on the venue dressing, it’s not their main priority for the day. When it comes to dressing your space, the overall design and styling would be done by myself, working off personalised mood boards, your handpicked florists and venue stylists.’

4. On the day

The real bonus of having their help is on the big day, giving you a chance to actually enjoy your special day, especially if the wedding is fully DIY, has no venue staff or is a blank canvas space.

‘On the day you can rely on your planner to be prepared for any eventuality; from weather to wardrobe malfunctions,’ says Emma. ‘They’ll be there to ensure all suppliers are on time and know exactly where they need to be & will ensure the timings of the day run to the plan created by the couple & planner – meaning you really can design the day that you want.’


Wanting to book a wedding planner? Get in touch with Emma by visiting her website 

Or if you want to see Emma’s masterpiece weddings for some inspo follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

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