If you have never thought of yourself as the DIY type, but you want your wedding to be more personal, think about trying some of the projects on a smaller scale, just to get a feel for what is involved.
For example, making a wedding cake that is stacked five tiers high might be a bit much for a beginner. Try making a single tier cake, or several of them and displaying the cakes on vintage cake plates, or think about putting a single cake in the center of each table instead of a centerpiece.
These days, the rough frosted cake is served at every kind of reception, and it is no different than the cakes we all grew up with. Choose your favorite kind of cake mix, frost it with a yummy frosting like the one we have on this site, then add a cake topper.
For flowers, think about collecting small vases and putting a single flower such as baby’s breath, or lilacs, or daisies in each one. When there is only one kind of flower, there really is no arranging to do.
Search through bridal magazines and home or garden books and make a note of arrangements that contain only one kind of flower, or in some way look like something you could handle. Then have a party! Invite over some friends, bake a cake, put out some flowers, and brainstorm about how you can simplify your wedding in much the same way.
Have fun with it!