DON'T MAKE THESE WEDDING PLANNING MISTAKES!
Congratulations on your engagement! What an exciting time to celebrate and start planning your big day.
…but where is the best place to get started?
We get it, it’s probably your first time planning a wedding, and with a lot to do it can seem a little overwhelming at first. So, to avoid it happening to you, we’ve narrowed down our top 5 most common wedding planning mistakes.
1. Don’t start planning before you’ve created your guest list
It’s understandable that with all the excitement of your engagement, you’ll be keen to get the ball rolling to find your ideal wedding venue, send out your Save The Dates, taste several yummy cake flavours, choose a fabulous florist and secure the best musical entertainment. But before you get ahead of yourself - one of the most important elements of wedding planning is creating your guest list. By narrowing down your guest list, you will be able to shortlist which venues are suitable for your guest numbers, and it will also help guide you in terms of preparing a realistic wedding budget.
2. Don’t blow the budget
Following on from the previous point, budgeting for a wedding can be tricky when you have no previous experience of wedding related costs. We’d recommend that you first identify your top 3 wedding priorities and invest in those areas, while compromising on the others - for example, some couples prioritise the flowers and catering, while others prefer a live band and fine art photography.
3. Don’t have a wet-weather contingency
It may or may not surprise you to know that most couples assume their big day will have the perfect weather. If you are planning to celebrate any part of your wedding day outside this will be particularly relevant to you. It’s important to always put a magical “Plan B” in place in the event of rain, which will still be romantic and memorable, so that you aren’t utterly devastated if Mother Nature decides not to play ball.
4. Don’t overwhelm your other half!
It’s exciting planning your wedding, but incessant wedding talk amongst the two of you can become tiresome and may sometimes mean you get on each others’ nerves. Instead of talking about your wedding day-in and day-out, assign days / evenings where you talk about all your Wedding Admin (“Wedmin”). You’ll find that having allocated Wedmin time slots will make you more productive with your Wedding To Do list, as it will keep you focused. Equally, it’s just as important to assign yourself days / evenings where Wedmin chat is banned. Use this precious time to organise wedding-free date nights so that you can appreciate each other and remind yourselves why you love one another.
5. Don’t do it all by yourself
We love working with creative couples with very clever ideas that make their wedding unique to them, but there is a fine line between doing it yourself and overdoing yourself. Some DIY elements definitely add a personal touch to your wedding day, but really consider the amount of time it takes and about how “fun” it will be by the time you have hand-tied 100 tiny ribbons on your wedding favours. So, instead of committing yourself to too many DIY projects, rather pick one or two that you have the time to dedicate to. For the rest, find a professional that can do it for you within your budget, which will save you lots of time. Lastly, it’s also worth mentioning that hiring friends and family may not always a good idea - Uncle Bob may own a very fancy camera but if you want Uncle Bob to enjoy himself at your wedding whilst enjoying glasses of champagne and catching up with other family members, he may miss some fantastic photo opportunities which a professional photographer would capture for you.
We hope these tips are useful and that they help you put your best foot forward as you embark on an exciting and enjoyable wedding planning journey - it’s not just about having the best wedding day, it’s also about enjoying the process in the lead up to your big day which makes it all the more special and memorable.