Top Eight Wedding Planning Mistakes

Image by Tracy Hunter on FlickrFor all the joys of getting married, there’s no denying that the planning stage can get a little stressful. Budgets have to be drawn up, decisions have to be made and the bride has to be kept from tearing her hair out in the process.

The easiest way to prevent a wedding meltdown is to simply learn what not to do. Here are eight of the most common wedding planning mistakes and how to avoid them.

Getting Talked into Unnecessary Purchases

When dealing with wedding service providers, always keep in mind that they want you to spend as much money as possible. They are businesses, like any other, and their primary goal is to make a profit. It’s therefore important to take their advice with a grain of salt.

When choosing a wedding cake, for example, choose the cake that you want, not the cake that the baker recommends. The same applies to floral arrangements, catering and photography.

Forgetting about the Guests

A bride has every right to plan what she considers to be the perfect wedding but it’s important not to forget about the guests completely. For example, when choosing the venue, try not to choose a place that’s going to be a nightmare for your guests to get to.

When choosing bridesmaids dresses, try to choose something that your bridesmaids will actually like. If you want to host an outdoor wedding during the Summer, make sure that you provide adequate shade and water for everyone.

The last thing that you want on your big day is grumpy, dehydrated guests.

Leaving Things Until the Last Minute

If you want to send your stress levels skyrocketing, nothing beats leaving things until the last minute. Here are a few important things to be aware of.

  • Wedding dress alterations can take up to six months.
  • The most popular venues/churches are rarely available at short notice.
  • Wedding guests generally expect to be given at least two months notice.

Spending More Than You Can Afford

Most brides start out with a pretty strict budget. Unfortunately however, it’s surprisingly easy for expenses to get out of hand. If you find yourself spending more than you can afford, it’s important to stop and take a step back.

Your wedding is obviously important but do you really want to start your new life in debt? Some brides end up throwing their budget out the window and the result is a pretty stressful first year of marriage.

Confusing the Fashion Budget with the Dress Budget

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A surprisingly common wedding planning mistake is failing to differentiate between the fashion budget and the dress budget. Even if we forget about shipping charges, there’s still the small matter of undergarments, shoes, and jewelry to consider.

If you blow your entire fashion budget on your dress, you’re obviously going to have a hard time affording all the extras. And as a bride, the extras are not something that you’re going to want to skimp on.

Thinking “It” Could Never Happen

Back up plans are an essential part of making sure that your wedding goes off without a hitch. They are also an essential part of simply staying calm as the big day approaches.

  • If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, choose a back up indoor venue.
  • Keep a list of back up photographers, bands, caterers etc. in case somebody doesn’t show up.
  • Ask all service providers about their back up plans. For example, does your photographer have a spare camera?

Booking the Venue too Soon

Another surprisingly common wedding planning mistake is simply booking the venue before you’ve finalized the guest list. This is a mistake because most venues have strict limits regarding how many guests you can invite.

If you book the venue first, you therefore run the risk of not having room for everyone.

To avoid this awkward scenario, don’t book the venue until you know exactly who is coming. It’s also worth noting that guest lists tend to get bigger, not smaller.

Drinking the Night Before

Finally, there’s the small matter of drinking, don’t do it the night before your wedding. Don’t drink during the rehearsal party and if your bridesmaids want to throw you a party, have them throw it well before the big day.

Your wedding day is supposed to be the happiest day of your life. Don’t spoil it with a hangover.

Author Bio:

Bob Bentner is a wedding planner in Toronto. His job involves hectic work schedules and it requires him to keep himself updated with the latest market trends. He also likes to blog and frequently writes articles on various topics. He suggests the services of limo4you.ca to his clients for wedding limos in Toronto.

One Response to Top Eight Wedding Planning Mistakes

  • Thank you for posting this! These are some great tips to avoid mistakes that so many brides might be tempted to make...especially if you haven't been married before (fingers crossed!). While there are some obvious ones, like not spending more than you can afford, there were also some hidden nuggets of wisdom in there, like not booking the venue before finalizing the guest list, or confusing the fashion budget with your budget for your gown. Great tips!

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