Some things are beyond your control on your wedding day, but there a few common wedding planning mistakes that you can avoid at the very beginning, and hiring a professional wedding planner can also help you avoid mistakes. If you're wondering what to look out for, here are seven wedding planning mistakes and how to prevent them from the start!
1. Not Creating A Budget First
The first step in planning should be setting a budget. So many couples are excited to start; they dive in and commit to a venue or vendor before working out their budget. However, without knowing your budget first, you may have to sacrifice something you want later on.
Work out an overall number and then discuss your priorities for your wedding. It's crucial to agree which elements matter most to Start with a budget, then make a guest list and use that information to book a venue perfect for you.
2. Over-inviting or inviting too quickly
Getting engaged and planning a wedding is an exciting time! But, before you start promising invites and sending out those save the dates, make sure you've finalized your guest list. There's no easy way to take back an invitation, so don't rush.
Focus first on completing the total number of guests you can invite based on budget, then start writing down names and drafting your list. You might have heard that at least 10% of your invitees won't be able to attend your wedding. While that's true in general, it isn't an exact science, so don't count on it. For a destination wedding, that number can be higher, around 30%. Only ever invite the number of guests your venue and budget can accommodate!
3. Underpaying Invitation Postage
You'd be surprised how many to-be-weds underestimate the postage stamp process, with some dropping an entire batch into a mailbox without paying the correct amount.
Most wedding invitation suites are thick and heavy, which require additional postage, and the post office will return them to you. Square invitations also require additional postage not only because of the weight but the shape too.
Weigh an invitation at the post office before purchasing your stamps and be aware of any price increases too.
4. Ordering Your Wedding Dress Too Late
If you're purchasing a wedding dress that needs to be customized, ordered, or altered, do so by the six-month mark at the latest.
Since your dress will be custom made or tailored, buffer in ample time to receive the piece and complete fittings. And, most off-the-rack wedding dresses will require alterations, so make sure you have enough time for that entire process. The same goes for bridesmaid dresses, too.
5. Not having a rain plan.
If you're planning an outdoor ceremony or reception, don't make the mistake of just crossing your fingers and hoping that bad weather doesn't happen to you.
Speak to your planner and venue about contingency plans, like an alternate ceremony venue or a tented reception. You may need to rent or reserve umbrellas and tents, especially in peak season. Whatever your plan, it's oh so worth it to have for your peace of mind!
And if rain does happen, embrace it – your photos will be beautiful, and the dance floor will be packed all night.
6. Trying to Do It Alone
If you're lucky enough to have been offered help by friends or family members, by all means, take it. Too many people try to do it all, which can get overwhelming. Delegate and use all the resources that are available to you. When people offer to assist, like your mom, future mother-in-law, or best friend, find something for them to do, like researching a vendor or addressing invitations.
But it's essential to keep in mind that these volunteers don't work for you, so accept their contributions graciously. If you need more help, hire a professional wedding planner so someone can take on those difficult tasks throughout the whole process.
7. Sweating The Small Stuff
Of course, your wedding is a big deal. Of course, you want everything to go perfectly. But don't get so fixated on the details that the planning process becomes a nightmare or that you forget the reason you're getting married in the first place.
So if the napkins are 'cream' instead of 'ivory,' or the reception starts a little later than your timeline, let it go. Your guests will never notice.
All that matters is committing your love to your partner, starting your life together, and celebrating with loved ones.
When wedding planning challenges come your way, remember that every problem has a solution. Take a deep breath and enjoy this special time. Sometimes the biggest mishaps make the best stories later!