The path to “I do” is littered with missteps. Here we share the ones you should avoid…
Any bride who has spent even just one afternoon wedding planning likely regrets skipping Excel classes. With dozens of decisions, both big and small, on your horizon, creating a fine-tuned budget, well-planned timeline, and paying extreme attention to detail are key. And since this is likely your first time organizing such a large scale event, it’s easier than you’d think to fall prey to the pitfalls of wedding planning.
So where should you begin so that your planning starts on solid footing? “Once your budget is established, you can make smart decisions on hiring the right team of vendors that work best with your personalities and will execute your vision for the day,” says Sarah True, owner and creative director of Madison, CT-based True Event. “By having these discussions early, it will set the tone for the overall planning and result in less stress as you go through the process.”
Still, even the most vigilant bride can be steered off-course. As you pore over Pinterest, try on gowns, sniff flowers, choose invitation suites, sample cake selections, scout venues and book your honeymoon, refer to this list of the 50 major mistakes brides seem to make while planning their wedding courtesy of expert planners and vendors.
From mistreating your wedding jewelry to overdoing it on beauty products or failing to approximate the right budget, read on to find out the most common wedding planning errors brides-to-be make.
You Don't Put Yourself First
Before tapping into Pinterest, buying magazines or bookmarking blogs, take time to think about the type of celebration you want. Do you envision a black tie evening affair, or a more casual daytime party? “List your priorities out, What is most important to you? Are you a foodie or is music your thing?” This kind of pre-planning will make both selecting a venue and setting a budget much easier.
You Don't Consider Your Guests
Your friends and family will likely travel and at considerable expense to attend your wedding, so make sure they are comfortable. Provide transportation to and from the ceremony and reception, and stock their hotel rooms with basics like drinks and snacks. If your wedding is a weekend-long destination affair, arrange group activities both the night before the wedding and the morning of, time permitting.