As Amena and Nikki get closer to their wedding, planned for September in Upper Marlboro, Md., we check in with the couple to see what they are up to next. We find out that they have decided to DIY (do it yourself) parts of their wedding. They share more about the process below:
Black Lesbian Love Lab (BL3): Why take the DIY route in getting some items ready for your wedding?
Nikki: Because we feel more personally attached to the process.
Amena: A wedding is something that is deeply personal. I think it is important to put pieces of ourselves into the event. For me this is not just about the wedding day, it is also about the preparation leading up to it. The work and love we are putting into our DIY projects, reflects the work and love we put into our relationship, and of course DIYing some things cuts downs cost.
BL3: What are some of the items you’re DIYing? Why these particular items?
Nikki & Amena: Centerpieces, favors, flowers, save-the-date cards, invitations and wedding planning.
Nikki &Amena: As far as the stationary goes in this day and age, it is pretty simple to DIY those elements and definitely less expensive. We used Shutterfly for the save-the-date cards and Vistaprint for the invitations. We had coupon codes for both sites, so we got them for even less. We are going to add some embellishments to the invitations to make them more personal and more elegant.
Flowers are VERY expensive. We are not having many floral arrangements, so we are ordering flowers from Costco. Our centerpieces and favors are very personal and go along with the theme of our wedding. Our theme is wine, art, and music. I love all things wine. Nikki is an artist and art teacher and we both have a love for music. We wanted these items to reflect who we are as individuals and a couple.
Amena: I love planning projects so there is no need for a wedding planner. Although I am enjoying being my own wedding planner, I will have a day coordinator. This person will handle everything the day of the wedding and takeover communication with vendors the month before the wedding.
BL3: Where are you going for ideas?
Nikki & Amena: Pinterest and wedding websites
Amena: I have become obsessed with looking at real wedding photos. I look at Off Beat Bride and Pinterest quite a bit. I have gotten a lot of ideas from these sites.
BL3: Some people are natural at doing some things themselves! What about you and Nikki?
Nikki: I am an artist so anything that has to do creating some form of art comes very naturally.
Amena: I like decorating and planning. I am LOVING planning this wedding. The fine details like the minute-by-minute schedule and how the favors should be placed on the tables excite me.