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There are always trade offs when having a wedding. You must, up front, decide which is more important: saving money by doing it yourselves - - using your time to perform a task - - or paying someone else to do that task for you. The main criteria is that you have to ask yourself do you have the time before and during and after the wedding to do all these tasks.

If you get friends to do tasks for you - - they donate their time - - then you must be cognizant of what "they" see their task is and cannot expect more of them than that single task. Also, you cannot hold them up to the same standards as a hired person. They could be just as good as a hired firm, however, since they are donating their time for you, mistakes must be overlooked and forgiven.