Wedding Planning Mistakes to Avoid
Congratulations, you’re engaged and it’s super exciting! A time of possibilities, ideas, plans and thoughts of the big day. Where do you start though? It can feel like a bit of a minefield so to help you on the way, here are a few wedding planning mistakes to avoid.
Mistake to avoid No.1 – Not setting a budget
While it can be tempting to jump right into wedding planning the minute you get engaged, it’s important to take a step back and think about budget before doing anything. Think about how much you want to spend before making any big decisions. If you fail to have a budget in mind before booking your venue or wedding vendors, you might find yourself overspending. Setting a budget will help you avoid spending more than you intend. Decide what the most important wedding details are to you so you can prioritize those within your budget and then spend accordingly elsewhere.
Mistake to avoid No.2 – Going with the cheapest photographer
The only thing you’re going to be able to take from your wedding (besides the amazing memories) are the pictures. Your wedding day is going to be something you’ll want to remember for the rest of your life, so don’t stinge on the photographer budget. You’ll want to make sure to book a quality professional photographer that knows what they’re doing and will capture every important moment. You won’t regret spending the money on the pictures, because the memories you get to look back on are so worth it.
Mistake to avoid No.3 – Waiting too long to book your honeymoon
It’s common to put the honeymoon planning on the backburner when getting ready for your big day. Sure, there are lots of other details that go into the planning process, but that doesn’t mean you want to wait until the last minute to plan your honeymoon! Discuss early on with your partner what you might like to do for your first trip as newlyweds, and look into those options as soon as you can. This is the opportunity to go for that dream trip you have always wanted to do. Driving along the Amalfi coast in an open-top sports car (one of my couples did this), going on a luxury safari (another did this), trekking to Machu Pichu or exploring South East Asia.
You might want adventure and something unique. You might want a beautiful beach, palm trees and snorkelling. Or you may want to book a trip where you don’t have to worry about too much and to just revel in your holiday after all the wedding planning. Go on an all-inclusive cruise ship that takes care of all the food, drinks, and entertainment for you!
A honeymoon is all about winding down after busy wedding planning. It’s about connecting with your partner and enjoying time together.
Mistake to avoid No.4 – Letting the little things bother you
Keep the bridezilla during the months and days leading up to your wedding. It’s crucial for you to remember that all of those little things that are upsetting you don’t really matter in the grand scheme of things. Focus on the real reason the wedding is happening in the first place: so you can marry the person you love. Whenever something goes wrong, just take a deep breath and don’t let it ruin your special day. No one is going to notice those little details as much as you do, and what you will remember is how happy you were on your wedding day. The only truly important thing is that the two of you say ‘I do’ and get married!
Mistake to avoid No.5 – Not planning for the weather
If you are getting married in the UK the weather is something you have to think about. In a month where we went from monsoon rainfall to soaring temperatures who knows what you will have on your wedding day. We Brits do love to chat about the weather, so make sure you have a plan for it too.
When you have an idea in your mind of how your day is going to go, it’s easy to forget about the possibility of needing a plan B. If you’re planning on an outdoor ceremony, you’ll need to come up with an alternative option if there happens to be rain in the forecast. Talk to the wedding coordinator at your venue about the options just in case. It doesn’t matter whether you have a load of umbrellas on standby, or there’s an alternative location inside, just make sure you prepare ahead of time. But don’t let the rain put a damper on your wedding. In fact, embrace the rain and have fun with it. Rain on your wedding day is good luck after all!
I hope you have found this useful. If you have any other top tips for Wedding Planning Mistakes to Avoid let me know.
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