Wedding planning: it’s a blessing and a curse. There are so many mistakes that can be made in the process, but it really starts with your attitude, in my opinion. If you look at it like a fun challenge and an adventure that you and your spouse-to-be can take on together, it seems less like a drudgery and more like a blessing. I wanted to highlight a few common mistakes that I’ve seen in my time in the wedding industry, and how you can avoid them to keep your planning running smoothly!
-Mistake #1- Not setting a budget: This is red flag #1! Many brides feel that a budget is unnecessary and restricting, but even if you have a lot of wedding money at your disposal, a budget helps make things organized and streamlined. It might not seem romantic, but making a budget is one of the best tools you can have before your big day. I also have seen many brides forget to add in small expenses that really add up, such as postage for invitations, tips and taxes for caterers or other wedding service providers. The best way to combat this is to have a friend who was married recently look over your budget and offer advice or tips on things she may have forgotten! This is most helpful because it is likely that recent brides and grooms may have things fresh in their minds to share with you. Make a list of the things that are “make or break” that you absolutely want, and a list of secondary “wishes” that you could add if your budget ends up allowing for it.
-Mistake #2 – Thinking all your guests won’t come, or that they will RSVP: No matter how many guests you invite, there are usually some that can’t come, but it’s difficult to predict how many. Many brides assume that 10-20% of their guest lists won’t be able to come. This is sometimes true, but it can really skew your budget to assume that will be true. Remember to budget on the higher end, so if your guests list shrinks, you can add in more of your “wishlist” items (above). It also is helpful to make one of your bridesmaids or bridal party members the person in charge of gathering RSVP’s. If you keep a spreadsheet, you can keep track of who you need to hear from, and your bridal party member can send a friendly text or message to check as the day gets closer. This is particularly important if you are having a small wedding party, and really need to hone in on a custom dinner menu or pricy entrees. A spreadsheet is also great for keeping track of gifts and the thank you notes that you will need to send.
-Mistake #3- Being vague and polite with your photographer: While I certainly value politeness, I do want clear expectations. If you are dying for some beautiful first-look images, please tell me! I want to know what you need to make your dream day come true. If you’ve always dreamed of shots that show off the landscape or tons of photos of your dress, I need to know so I can make it happen for you. If you tell me “just do whatever you want”, it doesn’t help direct my efforts. I love being creative, but I worry about disappointing you if I don’t have a small idea of your needs and wants. That’s why I work hard to hear your dreams and the expectations that I hope to meet and exceed. Let me hear all of your amazing inspiration and vision!
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Three Common Mistakes that Brides Make When Planning the Wedding
November 18, 2018