Planning a wedding can be likened to a huge project – it can be very demanding. Like everyone else, you want your wedding day to be perfect but because you’re human, there’s only so much you can do without making a mistake. Here are the five biggest mistakes you don’t want to make when planning and preparing for your special day.
1. Not setting a budget
Perhaps, the most common mistake people make when it comes to wedding preparation and planning is failing to establish a budget. Most couples make an assumption about how much the wedding ceremony might cost, often due to what they heard from friends and family members or what they read online. If you don’t set a realistic budget before anything else, you may fall in love with a venue or a wedding dress only to discover that each one costs more than you can afford. Set a budget first and then you can use it to decide how much to pay for every item on your list.
2. Not having a rain plan
Planned a beautiful garden wedding with thousands put into the décor without a contingency plan for the weather? Most couples count on luck to ensure perfect weather, which is the equivalent of sticking your fingers in your ears and yelling, “I can’t hear you, rain.” Rather than just hope that your wedding won’t be disrupted by the elements, protect yourself by preparing a plan B if you’re planning an outside affair.
3. Not putting together a full list of guests
Another top mistake most couples make is sending out their save-the-dates only to discover that their venue cannot accommodate that number of guests. The problem? They already invited friends and loved one, making it quite complicated to withdraw the invites. Sometimes, the problem with the guest list is that your loved ones might want to invite others you’re not thinking off and this can get things out of control. It’s best to discuss it with those supporting you and then wait till you can confirm the capacity of the venue before you draw up your list.
4. Skipping the video
The prominent reason most couples skip video is that the costs. They believe they’re saving by not hiring a videographer but it is no surprise that most of them eventually wish they shelled out more on a videographer to document their day. If you’re planning your wedding on a budget, see if you have a loved one that’s willing to pitch in for the cost of the Videography as a wedding gift.
5. Doing everything yourself
There’s no rule that says you have to do everything for yourself. Even if you can do most of the tasks, you shouldn’t so you don’t end up totally burned out by the time the wedding day comes. Shop around for vendors with the vision and style that is compatible with yours, and let them help you create your perfect wedding day.
Another huge mistake most couples make when planning their wedding is assuming that they have enough time. The simple truth is that you may never know how much work planning a wedding requires until you get started. You may even have to take time off from work when you commence planning. Believe it because chances are high that it’s going to happen.