Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, and as a bride or groom to be, you want everything to be perfect. You’ve spent countless hours searching for the perfect dress or suit, picking out the flowers, and choosing the menu. However, even the most vigilant brides or grooms can be steered off course and there are still some common mistakes that brides and grooms make. As wedding planners, we’ve seen these mistakes firsthand and want to share them with you so you can have a flawless wedding without any unnecessary stress. Here, we’ll share ten mistakes that we see couples make and give tips on how to avoid them. So, if you’re planning your big day, read on to make sure your wedding planning starts on solid footing.
Rushing Through The Planning Process
One of the biggest mistakes that a bride or groom make is rushing through the planning process. We see it all the time. One or both partners are procrastinators. They don’t know where to start, easily get overwhelmed and continue to put things off until it’s nearly too late. The truth is that planning a wedding takes time and you don’t want to overlook any important details. Take your time, and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.
Not Having A Budget
Another mistake that brides make is not having a budget. Do your research. Some wedding vendors have yearly price guides available on their websites. Consider your guest count and then start getting quotes from venues and vendors who would be a great fit for your desired style. From there, you can set a realistic budget for what you want/need that is still within your means. Then stick to it. This will help you make decisions about what’s important and what you can live without.
Not Considering The Guest Experience
While your wedding day is about you and your partner, considering the guest experience is just as important. You want to make sure that your guests have a good time and feel comfortable. Consider the venue, the food, the music, and the seating arrangements when planning your wedding. If you’re having an extended cocktail hour for guests while you do family and wedding party photos, consider having passed canapes, lawn games, and refreshments available for your remaining guests to enjoy.
Trying To Please Everyone
On the reverse side, it’s impossible to please everyone, and trying to do so will only lead to stress and disappointment. Focus on what you and your partner want, and don’t worry too much about what others think or what Abby did at her wedding or what your Aunt Linda said you must have. After all, it’s your day!
Not Having A Backup Plan
No matter how well you plan, things can still go wrong. It’s important to have a backup plan in case of bad weather, vendor cancellations, or any other unexpected issues. This will help you avoid last-minute stress and panic. Having a wedding coordinator with years of experience is a great option to offload those concerns and handle any unexpected changes to your wedding day.
Forgetting To Eat And Drink
On your wedding day, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement and forget to eat and drink. Make sure you have plenty of water and snacks available throughout the day, even ordering food platters or catered options to be available in your limo or wedding party shuttle. And please, don’t forget….during the reception. After all, it’s what you selected for your special day.
Being Too Rigid With The Timeline
While it’s important to have a timeline for your wedding day, it’s also important to be flexible. Things can take longer than expected, and you don’t want to rush through important moments. Be willing to adjust the timeline as needed or add in some buffer time to account for things like traffic or weather.
Not Prioritizing Self-Care
Wedding planning can be stressful, and it’s important to take care of yourself during the process. Make time for exercise, meditation, or any other activities that help you relax and recharge.
Not Delegating Tasks
You can’t do everything on your own, and trying to do so will only lead to stress and exhaustion. That’s where we come in — don’t hesitate to work with a wedding planner who can easily take these tasks off your plate. This will allow you to focus on the things that are most important to you.
Losing Sight Of What’s Important
Finally, it’s easy to get caught up in the details and lose sight of what’s truly important. Remember that your wedding day is about celebrating your love and commitment to each other. Focus on what’s important, and don’t sweat the small stuff.
Planning a wedding can be overwhelming, and it’s easy to make mistakes along the way. However, by being aware of the common mistakes that engaged couples make, you can avoid them and have a stress-free wedding day. We hope these tips will help you plan the wedding of your dreams!
If you’re planning your wedding and feeling overwhelmed or unsure of where to start, we’re here to help. At Melissa Dawn Event Designs, we offer a range of wedding planning services to help you create the wedding of your dreams.
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