BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - If you've been to a wedding anytime in the past decade you've probably noticed more personal touches around the reception.
More couples are turning to do-it-yourself projects to keep their big day's price tag small.
23ABC spoke to Makenzie Barefield about the custom crafts she's constructing for her wedding.
"When you're purchasing it from somebody else you're paying them for their time, talent and the money (an item) costs them" Barefield said.
The bride-to-be said every wedding she's been to has incorporated DIY projects, but on the actual wedding day she's handing it over to the experts and she's not alone.
"In Bakersfield, day of is much much more popular, we probably do about 70% day of planning and 30% is probably full planning" said Colleen Bauer, Fairy Godmother Wedding Planner and Coordinator.
According to popular wedding website The Knot , the average wedding costs nearly $30,000.
Bauer explained more brides are doing DIY projects to save money on certain nuptials while investing in others like videographers.
So far Barefield believes she's saved hundreds thanks to her personal touches.