Mistakes are going to happen in any aspect of your life, including your wedding day, unfortunately. Be on the lookout for these top 10 wedding planning blunders that past couples have fallen into!
Not Doing Research Beforehand
Doing your research is key to wedding planning! Without doing a little homework before the big day, you can run into wedding day nightmares like underestimating costs and blowing your budget or not reading a contract thoroughly and having your caterer head out leaving a huge mess for you. Uh-oh!
Booking Before You Budget
I know you’ve probably heard time and time again, “Your budget is so important!” Well, it’s true. Without having a budget set, you run the risk of spending way too much! You may think that there’s no harm in booking a few vendors before the budget is set. However, usually those first few bookings are your venue, photographer, and caterer, and those are also the most investment typically. If you use a large portion of your budget then, what’s left for decor, your dress, or anything else? Trust us, no one wants to be stressed about money on the day of!
No Rain Plan
Mother Nature has a plan all her own, and no one can 100% predict it. No matter what season you’re getting married in or what type of venue, it’s always a good idea to have a Plan B in case something goes awry with the weather.
Trying To Please Everyone
Your wedding day is not only important to you and your soon-to-be hubby, but also members of your family and friends as well. While it is nice to get opinions and ideas from your circle, don’t let it become too demanding. You can’t have everyone’s dream wedding and yours all-in-one, so take what ideas you genuinely like and thank the others for their input.
Not Being Considerate
While some brides try to please everyone, others tend to forget about the ones who are helping make their dream a reality. Take into consideration your wedding party and guests when making some decisions. For example, don’t ask your bridesmaids to go on an expensive bachelorette party and then to buy a $700 bridesmaids dress and pricey wedding gift.
Handling The Day Of Duties
Hiring a wedding planner or a day of coordinator is a good idea, but if it’s not in your budget, please don’t consider doing it yourself. Whether it’s your MOH, mom, or sister, have someone available to be a point of contact for the day of. There will most likely be some sort of question or event that needs addressing, and you don’t want those concerns coming to you when getting ready.
Getting Attached to Certain Aspects
Try to avoid getting too attached to a certain idea, flower, piece of decor, or venue, until the contract is signed or the plans are in process. It may not be available or in season, and then your other choices look a little less than. Latching on to something that’s not guaranteed is a recipe for heartbreak.
Trying to Control Everything (And Everyone!)
While a lot of wedding planning is being focused and organized, you also have to go with the flow! Things are bound to happen that aren’t in your plans, and instead of stressing, you have to move forward. Also, remember that your wedding professionals are just that, wedding professionals. They have experience in executing events and do it all the time. Express your concerns or problems, but let the pros handle it.
We love a good DIY! Who doesn’t? It saves money and can look just as good! However, don’t overwhelm yourself with trying to DIY every aspect of your wedding! It will just lead to more stress and more to-do’s before the big day.
Forgetting About What the Day Means
When planning something as important and massive as your wedding day, you can lose sight on what it’s all about. Through all the ups and downs, it boils down to you and your spouse-to-be celebrating your commitment and future together.
What wedding planning blunders did you run into?
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