Your wedding will cost a ton of money, and it’s only natural that you want to save where you can. However, since your wedding day isn’t a dress rehearsal, you don’t want to risk ruining one of the most important days of your life. If your aunt has lots of experience making beautiful, tasty and structurally sound wedding cakes, then by all means, accept her offer to bake your cake as a wedding gift. If your good friend has a shiny new camera and offers to be your photographer so he can start his own photography business, tread carefully.

Even the best Knoxville wedding professionals had to start somewhere, but they’d probably be the first to tell you that their early work doesn’t hold a candle to their current work. Do you really want your wedding day to be a learning experience for someone else? No, I didn’t think so.

If you like your friends and family and want to keep it that way, don’t hire them for your wedding day. 

If you do decide to hire an amateur or a talented friend to provide a service for your wedding day, make sure you adjust your expectations.  If a less than perfect performance in that area will make you unhappy, please don’t do it. Ask them to spend the day celebrating with you, while you place your day in the hands of experienced professionals.