As many of you are embarking on the adventure of wedding planning I am sure you have heard countless opinions and advice, solicited or not from family and friends.
As a professional planner, I wanted to take some time to share some of the most common mistakes I hear the newly engaged making. Hopefully this list will make you rethink your planning strategy over the next 12-18 months.
1. Not establishing a budget from the start!
Budget is the end all be all to everyone. Regardless if you are spending $20,000 or $200,000 a budget is incredibly important. Budget and guest list go hand in hand. I always remind couples to think big picture when establishing a budget. For every 8 guest you add to the list, it is not just another $50 per person for food, it is another table, set of linens, centerpiece, paper goods, chargers etc… Keeping your guest list in check from the beginning is the first step to determining a realistic and functional budget.
2. Doing your own decor!
Yes, the dreaded DIY Bride. The countless hours of Pinterest tutorials, trips to Michael’s Craft Store and Hobby Lobby, your fiance believing you are officially a bridezilla.
I am about to say something very profound here… hiring professionals to handle the decor for your wedding DOES NOT make you any less of a bride. I promise. That is all I have to say about this topic… you are welcome.
3. Hiring vendors based on lowest price quoted.
Yikes. This can be summed up by the very cliche saying, “You Get What You Pay For” and in my experience I can say, “If you think hiring a professional is expensive, just wait until you hire an amateur” Please do your homework, it is called planning for a reason. Research your vendors, meet with them, make sure they are the BEST fit for you. I always tell my clients I want them to love each and every vendor that they work with. I want them to feel that the vendor really came through and did their part to make the day perfect. Trust me, this will make or break your planning process.
4. Not letting go.
Let it go…let it go… (singing to the tune from Frozen) Brides need to realize that at some point in the process it is okay to Let it Go. Whether you want a companion guiding you from the beginning or executing your planning in the end. You have to learn to Let it Go at some point so that you can relax and enjoy your day. Which brings me to my favorite point of all….
5. Not focusing on being engaged but planning a party.
You are engaged to be married!!! The person of your dreams has asked you to spend your lives together. This is your engagement time. Time to focus on taking your relationship from separate lives to starting a new chapter as a married couple, a new family. It is so easy to get distracted day in and day out with all of the planning hoopla and forget about planning for a future together as husband and wife. I challenge you to spend at least half the time you dream about your reception, communicating with your fiance about your future together…
Congratulations & Happy Planning!
JenniferTagged with: Planning Advice * The Finer Things Event Planinng * Top 5 Planning Mistakes * wedding planning