Wedding Planning Mistakes
Your wedding day is one of the most treasured days of your life!
Avoid these common wedding planning mistakes in order to create the most special experience for you and your guests.
Disorganization & Procrastination
You have set a wedding date, why not start planning early? There are lots of wedding planning programs available to brides. If you want to get creative and make your own binder, you can search for free online printable worksheets or you can purchase an actual wedding planning book such as The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner & Organizer, at your local bookstore for a very reasonable price. Use this tool to help keep task lists and timelines, organizing vendor information contracts and invoices, tracking your budget, managing your guests list, etc. Don't procrastinate to the end (meaning 2-3 months before wedding date); finalize details and payments at least 2-4 weeks before the big day. This will help alleviate any unnecessary stress and you can focus on being a blushing bride. Remember planning your big day should be FUN! If you are feeling too stressed or not enjoying yourself, I suggest you consider hiring professionals to help you.
Guest List vs Budget
Who will win this battle? Unless money is no object, definitely determine your budget FIRST, before anything else. Your guest list will directly impact your budget and wedding expenses. Be realistic about your budget! The costs involved in hosting an event can add up rather quickly. You might need to prioritize which family, friends, and acquaintances you want at the celebration in order to free up your budget for that irresistible designer wedding dress or your absolute must haves. Work out a reasonable budget with a little bit of wiggle room for the unexpected costs that are sometimes unavoidable.
DIY Wedding Day Disasters
There is a growing trend of Do It Yourself (DIY) details that add great personal touches to a couples wedding day. Some projects can be done ahead of time like centerpieces or favors (which can be very cost efficient), but any day of décor can actually add more stress and often times is much more costly than anticipated. Be considerate and check with vendors ahead of time and see if they are willing to handle the setup. Don't assume they will prioritize setting up your projects before the tasks they have contracted to do that day. You might end up spending money and time on creating meaningful details that will never be displayed.
Un-Fit Wedding Professionals
You wouldn’t pick a spouse simply based on income and nothing else right? Well you shouldn’t pick a wedding vendor based on price only, either. With your wedding budget and vision in mind, spend some time on the phone or in person to find the best team to fit your expectations. Be realistic about what you can afford to pay, ask vendors to give you a written contract outlining all the details. Narrow your search, and then check these vendors out on YELP or other service rating websites. It's ok to take recommendations from other brides, however remember it's your wedding and you need to find the right people to help you realize your wedding day.
You are depending on multiple vendors (strangers) and their services to pull off this very grand day; make sure everyone is clear of expectations- in advance. Ask your vendors lots of questions, leave no stone unturned and no detail undiscussed. Make sure to read your contract carefully and have the vendor amend it, if necessary before signing it. Discuss details and responsibilities such as venue set up, tear down, and clean up florist's responsibilities as far as moving ceremony flowers to reception space, etc. Be very clear, put it in writing and make sure everyone is on the same page. If you power this out ahead of time, it's less likely there will be mistakes made.
Mistrust & Lack of Communication
Once you have selected "The Team" of wedding professionals that you feel is the best fit for you and has your best interest at heart. You've laid out the details, communicated your vision and signed contracts, it's time to let go and trust in them! You picked them for a reason so trust them to provide advice, suggestions, and best service. Be available for questions, but there is nothing worse than a "Micro-Managing Bridezilla".