The Biggest Wedding Planning Mistakes to Avoid

If you are getting ready to plan the wedding of your dreams, you are probably feeling incredibly excited. You may also be a bit overwhelmed. After all, there is so much that needs to be planned and considered. With that being said, read on to discover some of the most common wedding planning mistakes so that you can avoid them.
Hiring a friend instead of a professional – It can be very tempting to hire a friend to take your photographs or provide catering. However, if this is not their forte, i.e. they don’t do this as a career, then you should avoid this at all costs. Yes, it is cheaper, but you may have a nightmare on your hands if they don’t do a good job. Not only could you lose your wedding photos, but you may lose a friend too. Plus, surely your friends want to enjoy your wedding?
Telling everyone every little thing about your wedding – You probably want to shout all of the details about your wedding from the rooftops. But it is a good idea to keep some things to yourself. After all, the more people you talk to about your wedding, the more opinions you are going to get, whether you ask for them or not. Plus, half of the fun of a wedding is surprising your guests, so it is nice to keep things secret to create more excitement about the day.
Sending your wedding invitations too early – Excitement can result in people sending their wedding invitations way too early. If you do this, you run the risk of people forgetting about your wedding. In most cases, you should send your save the dates nine months before at the earliest, and your wedding invites six months before. You also need to consider the design of your wedding invites carefully too. Your invitations set the tone for the entire event, so it is important that they fit in with your theme. You can get DIY wedding invitations so that you can add your own personal touch. These invites also make it easy for you to include as much information as needed, as you may want to include details such as directions and local hotels for your guests to stay at.
Choosing your guests too early – You probably already have a good idea regarding whom you want to invite. However, it is wise to avoid putting your guest list together too early. You need to have a rough idea of whom you are going to be inviting so you can calculate costs. Nevertheless, situations can change, and you may end up making new friends in between now and your wedding, so don’t commit to your guest list too early.
Micromanaging your vendors – This is something that can be very tempting to do. After all, it is your wedding and you want everything to be perfect. Nonetheless, it is important to recognise that these vendors are experts. They have handled many weddings before. While your input is vital, it is also imperative that you let these vendors get on with their job. After your initial meeting, try to step back and trust that they will get it right. You don’t need to control every little detail.
Getting attached to a specific type of flower – When you book your florist, especially if it is around a year in advance, your florist is only going to be able to guess what blooms are going to be available for your wedding day. The time of year is just one of the factors that will have an impact on availability. You could end up disappointed if you get your heart set on a specific flower type. Instead, think of flowers in terms of shapes and colours.
Blowing your fashion budget on just the dress – It is likely that you have set yourself ‘x’ amount of money for your wedding look. Make sure you don’t blow this just on the dress. You may have to pay for shipping or alterations, especially if you are buying your dress online. Plus, you are going to have jewellery, hair accessories, a veil, shoes, and undergarments to factor in as well.
So there you have it: some of the most common wedding planning errors that people make. If you can avoid the mistakes that have been discussed in this blog post, you can give yourself the best chance of wedding planning success. Hopefully, these tips will make the process go a lot smoother!

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  1. I think a lot of people spend loads of money on their dress. It's a one day dress and while you want it to be beautiful, often there is a lesser known designer who makes a dress very similar.

  2. I come from India and Indians love grand weddings. And sometimes, these grand weddings get way too expensive. I have seen people waste years of their savings on weddings. On should always hire professional to minimise the costs, planning everything yourself or making a friend in charge of things never works. A good post, these are some useful tips. Thanks for sharing.

  3. these are amazing tips that I will remember the 2nd time around if I find a guy crazy enough to marry me, ha! only kidding... I'm super cool!
    I agree with sending invites too early, a friend of mine did that and I forgot until I was reminded by another friend, 'hey girl, so you going to the wedding next weekend?, say whaatttt? oh that's next weekend, the invite most be somewhere in my home...'
    plus I agree 'don't break the bank or micromanage and tick people off'
    great list!

  4. We had a very limited budget for our wedding and we decided to DIY most of the time. Best thing we ever did! So much fun too!

  5. That's is so true I have seen women go crazy while choosing their wedding dress they spend tremendous amount of money just for the wedding gown because they think its a one time event .

  6. Great tips, wedding planning needs a lot of time and often we end up making many small mistakes. You've pointed out some really essential tips one needs to take care of.

  7. The wedding dress is most of the time the biggest expense in weddings because the bride wants to look her prettiest! ;) In our wedding, the food/ catering got the biggest chunk of our wedding budget. The food's super delicious and they also took care of the venue styling .

  8. So many people spend way too much money (they don't have) on their weddings. Maybe hiring a planner is actually saving money. You set a budget and he/she needs to stick to it. Great tips!

  9. I actually ended up spending a lot on one wedding outfit, which I regret now :( This is quite a useful checklist!


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