Getting engaged is one of the most exciting things you do perhaps in your entire lifetime! Typically, you’ll have about a week’s worth of time of pure joy during the engagement party and initial celebration. After the celebration is over, you’re left with the reality that you have an entire wedding to plan. When planning, there are plenty of wedding planning mistakes that you certainly want to avoid.
Wedding Planning Mistakes
Worrying About Other Opinions
When planning a wedding, there might be times where it feels like you’re hearing 10 different opinions at once! It can be truly overwhelming when everyone has their own idea of what you should do with your big day. However, if you try to please every single person who gives you an idea during the planning process you’ll drive yourself absolutely crazy! In the end, it’s 100% okay to remember that it’s your wedding and you can plan it however you’d like. What’s most important is that you and your soon-to-be spouse have the best time possible.
Not Setting a Budget
We can’t tell you how many times couples have failed to set a budget and end up halfway through the planning process without any money to spend. You may end up falling in love with a venue or a photographer and spend all of your money on one or two vendors. It’s extremely important to book a venue you love, but if you spend all your money on a venue then you’ll end up with a wedding without any other high-quality vendors. Every vendor contributes so much to your wedding and you certainly want to find that out on good terms.
Ordering Tuxes and Dresses Too Late
One thing that always seems to slip through the cracks for many couples is making sure that everyone in the wedding party is set with their tux, suit, or dress. When worrying about the wedding party you have more than just yourselves to think of so you may have to stay on top of the wedding party to make sure they’ve gotten their clothes and that everything fits. It may be a bit of a pain to keep reminding them to be ready by the wedding but it’s WAY easier than finding new solutions to a dress that’s too small for your maid of honor the day before the wedding.
Inviting Too Many Guests
There are plenty of reasons to keep the guest list short but there are just as many reasons to expand it! This isn’t an argument to keep the guest list short but rather to keep the invites focused instead of inviting a few here and a few there. If you plan to have a 300 person wedding, think through who exactly you should invite and should leave out, just as if you were having a 90 person wedding.
If you’re inviting 300 people you might quickly realize that if you invite your third cousins then you have to invite all the other third cousins and so on. This could lead to your guest list snowballing by 50-100 people quickly! Be very thoughtful and precise when sending out invites so you don’t end up in a difficult situation.
Hiring a Friend/Relative
One way to cut costs and save money is by hiring relatives or family members who have experience in certain areas. For example, you might have a friend trying to get into wedding photography and think they would be a good fit for your wedding! However, without enough experience, there may be plenty of things that they miss and you might not think of it until it’s too late.
You may end up being seriously upset and disappointed with your friend or relative for missing things or coming up short on top of the fact that they may have caused a problem on your wedding day or missed an extremely special moment. It’s never worth the small amount of savings to hire a friend or family member on your wedding day.
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