Wedding planning is not as easy as it looks on television, in-fact they are very stressful and mistakes are bound to happen, but if we can help you avoid a few of those we will. These are the 10 biggest planning mistakes that happen.
1. Blowing Your Fashion Budget on just the Dress.
Buying your wedding dress is one of the most important things for you as the bride. Set a budget for yourself maybe for example the fashion budget is $1500, now this doesn’t mean that you can spend $1500 on just your dress, you also have to remember your hair, shoes, jewelry, undergarments, and alterations. You wouldn’t want to get a fabulous dress and not be able to finish off the “look” that your going for.
2. Getting Attached to Specific Flower Types.
When you book for florist a year before your wedding day, he/she can only guess which blooms will be available for your wedding. If you have to have, say, aster, you could be disappointed, not every spring will bring the same flowers every year. Instead, choose backups to your main blooms and add them to your contract. Think in terms of colors and shapes instead of specific flowers.
3. Sending Out Save-The- Date Too Soon.
It may be tempting to tell everyone about your wedding date as soon as possible but don’t send those save-the-date cards out until you’ve finalized the guest list. Friends you’re close with when your engaged may be mere acquaintances by the time you get married. Reserve save-the-dates only for those guest you know will be invited, like your families.
4. Skipping a Wedding Videographer
Photos only take you so far. Videos let you hear your voice tremble as you say your vows and watch your friends tear up the dance floor. With more people documenting your wedding, you’ll see things you may have missed on the day.
5. Micromanaging Your Vendors
You’re choosing talented pros who understand your vision, so let them do their jobs! We know it’s tempting to control every detail so you’re guaranteed to love the results, but you won’t have the time, and you certainly don’t have the experience your vendors do. After you initial meeting, trust the pros to get it right.
6. Picking Your Attendants Too Early
Your bridesmaids should be your closest friends. Period. They can also be your sisters, cousins, aunts and even your mom, but they have to be people you’d trust to be there with you most need them. You don’t know new friends well enough yet to be sure they’ll support you in tough situations (every bride encounters on at some point), and picking people because a family member demands it may end up a decision that you will regret.
7. Telling Everyone about Your Wedding
It’s s hard not to talk about your wedding. Try. The more you share, the more opinions you’re going to get about your choices, wether or not you ask for them. Plus, par of wowing your guest is surprising them. If they already know that you’re changing into a different dress for dancing or sending guest home with a tasty treat, they wont be as surprised on your big day.
8. Starting Your Hair and Makeup Too Late.
Sure, you don’t want you hair to fall out or your makeup to fade before you walk down the aisle. But busy stylist will likely get to you late if you’re the last in the chair. Schedule your appointment in the middle of your attendants. It’s not a big deal if a bridesmaid has to switch to a less complicated style, but that is not an option for you.
9. Speeding Through Photos
Pictures will take an amount of time, don’t expect them to be done within an hour. Squeezing them into the first half-hour of your cocktail hour you will be very unsuccessful. If you refuse to see your groom before the ceremony, take pictures separately beforehand so the only shots left to take after the ceremony include both of you.
10. “Hiring” A Friend Instead of a Pro.
Having a friend will most likely save you money, but at the same time you could run into major problems. Even if you are on a tight budget your much better off paying a vendor with experience to take care of the biggies, like your ceremony and food. Plus you want your friend to enjoy your wedding.
We want your wedding experience to be as close to smooth sailing as possibly, we hope these tips and don’ts will help. Have a wonderful wedding and have fun with the planning!!