Make sure your day goes without a hitch by avoiding these wedding planning pitfalls…
Getting into debt
No-one wants to start married life with money worries, so setting a budget and creating a spreadsheet early on in your wedding planning will hopefully avoid costs spiralling out of control. Yes it’s the most special day of your life, but it’s not worth getting into debt for! Decide what’s really important to you as a couple and spend the money where it matters most. Call in favours where you can and make use of your family and friends’ hidden talents!
Whether it’s during the wedding planning or on the big day itself, taking on too much is a big mistake that will leave you feeling stressed. Avoid this planning pitfall by calling in help from your nearest and dearest. Write a list of all the jobs that need doing and delegate them out accordingly. On the day, make sure your bridesmaids and ushers know what their role is and if your venue doesn’t already have a wedding coordinator, consider booking one if it’s all getting too much.
Trying to please everyone
Let’s face it, it’s never going to happen! Whether you’ve decided you’re not inviting children to your wedding, or you don’t want your Granny baking the wedding cake, there’s always going to be a decision that someone isn’t 100% happy with. Try to minimise upset by being upfront from the beginning, and if someone’s offered to help in an area that’s already sorted, then perhaps find another role for them instead.
Changing your style
It’s very easy to get sucked in by wedding tradition, making choices because that’s what’s expected of you. If you don’t usually wear a lot of make-up then don’t feel you have to be plastered in the stuff. If you don’t like formality, then have a laid back celebration. It’s your special day and you want it to reflect you and your partner, not anybody else.
Unobtainable diet goals
We all want to look our best on the big day, but don’t feel you need to set unobtainable goals for yourself. Ordering a dress two sizes too small in the hope you’ll slim down is just asking for trouble! You’ll put yourself under added pressure and run the risk of having an ill-fitting dress on the day. If you do decide to tone up in time for the big day then set reasonable targets and let your seamstress know so they have plenty of time to alter the dress if needed.
Ditching the videographer
Ok, so it may seem like an additional cost at the planning stage, but after the confetti has settled the main things you’ll be left with after the big day (aside from your husband!) will be the photographs and your wedding video. A wedding film is a wonderful keepsake and will really bring your wedding day back to life in years to come.
Not doing your research
Wedding suppliers can make or break a wedding, so doing your research is extremely important. Read reviews, get recommendations from friends and family, and if possible visit the suppliers or see their products before parting with any cash. Visit wedding shows where they’ll be exhibiting or go and see them performing. Also, make sure you take out wedding insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances.
Not writing a shot list
Most good photographers will ask you to write a list of the group photographs you want in advance of the big day, so make sure you do it! Think long and hard about what pictures you want. As well as the obvious group shots, what about a picture of you and your mum on your own or one with your best friend? These kinds of images will be lovely to look back on and will make cute thank you gifts after the day.
Buying things too early
It’s very easy to get carried away when you first start wedding planning, buying details before you’ve chosen a theme, or picking your bridesmaids dresses before you’ve bought your own. Choosing things in order will not only ensure your wedding ties together but will also save you money in the long run.
We can all swoon over the gorgeous handcrafted wedding details we see on Pinterest, but let’s be realistic we’re not all creative types with hours of spare time on our hands. DIY projects are time consuming, not to mention expensive, so don’t be tricked into thinking it’s the budget option. If you do decide to take on a little project during your wedding planning, then make sure you do so in plenty of time to avoid added stress nearer the day.