Wedding planning can be overwhelming and time seems to fly during the process! Because things come at you fast in this time, it’s easy to make a few mistakes. You may be trying to save money or time, but there are just some things you shouldn’t cut corners on when it comes to the big day!
7 Wedding Planning Mistakes to Avoid
1. Assuming Invited Guests Will RSVP “No”
There’s a good chance that you’ve created a list of people you’re going to invite and a list of people you expect to attend. You may even give your caterer and reception venue a number of attendance based on the people you expect to say “no”! However, there are going to be a few people that will likely surprise you and end up attending your wedding. Don’t count anyone out; if you’re planning on a ton of “No”s to avoid exceeding your estimate total number of guests, we suggest slimming your guest list down to start.
2. Allowing Others to Tell You Who to Invite
If you’ve already decided on a wedding venue, then you’re likely limited to the number of people you can invite to your wedding. Plus, with catering and other expenses, it may be expensive when you start inviting every single person you’ve ever met! With that being said, remember that your wedding IS your wedding after all. You go ahead and invite who you want to invite, and don’t let others tell you who you should/shouldn’t invite!
3. Skipping the Hair and/or Makeup Trial Run
You never truly know what you’ll look like after the hair/makeup makeover until all is said and done. So, shouldn’t you at least go in and try things out to make sure you have the look you’re going for? Makeup artists and hairstylists create dramatically beautiful looks, but if all that eye shadow and volume isn’t you, make those decisions ahead of time instead of ended up surprised on your wedding day.
4. Allowing Cell Phone Photos During the Ceremony
Your ceremony should only include one photographer, the one you hired. (Hire two professional photographers if you want extra stunning shots!) Trust us, no one else will capture a better picture, and someone is bound to forget to turn their phones on silent and keep the flash off. The LAST thing you want is for your great aunt to ruin the ceremony by blinding the officiant with her iPhone’s flash! Or even worse, having hands reaching out trying to take a photo of your first kiss, which ends up covering you up in the professional photographers shot!
5. Letting Others Talk You into Traditions You Don’t Want
Wedding parties, the dollar dance, receiving lines, etc. There are so many things that could go into a wedding that you either love or you hate. With that being said, if you’re all for the dollar dance at your wedding, don’t let anyone tell you to cut it! If you don’t even know a young boy or girl who would be a great flower girl or ring bearer, there is no need to ask your mom’s second cousin once removed if they know anyone. This night is about YOU; don’t allow anyone to sway your opinion.
6. Second Guessing Wedding Planning Choices Made
With so many choices being made and so many options, it can be easy to second guess decisions you’ve already made. If you second guess the choices you’ve already made, then all you’ll be doing during your wedding planning process is second-guessing! We urge you to be sure of the choices you make, but once you make those choices be confident in them! Otherwise, you’ll only add stress to the process.
7. Not Hiring Top Notch Vendors
The vendors you hire to act as a team on your wedding night. One weak link on the team could ruin all the great plans you’ve set for the evening. Don’t cut corners when it comes to hiring wedding vendors. Be sure they work well together, are super-experienced with weddings, and have great reviews!
Complete Weddings + Events
We hope these tips will help ease your wedding planning. Most importantly, we want you to have fun throughout the process because it only happens once! If you’re ready to party with Complete Weddings + Events, contact us to let the fun begin!