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10 Wedding Planning Mistakes to Avoid

Now that the excitement of getting engaged has calmed down a bit, the next step is to start planning your wedding. Planning a wedding can be a complex process, and it's easy to make mistakes along the way. We want to share our list of 10 Wedding Planning Mistakes to Avoid.

wedding planning mistakes to avoid

10 Wedding Planning Mistakes to Avoid

Photographer: Mack Julion

1. Not Setting a Budget

First on our list of 10 Wedding Planning Mistakes to Avoid is not setting a budget. Failing to establish a budget from the beginning can lead to overspending and financial stress. Not setting a budget is the number one mistake couples make when planning their wedding. Determine your budget early on and prioritize your spending accordingly.  

2. Ignoring Priorities

Every couple has different priorities for their wedding day. Make sure to discuss and agree upon what aspects of the wedding are most important to you both, whether it's the venue, food, entertainment, guest list, or something else.

3. Booking Vendors Without Research

Rushing into booking vendors without doing thorough research can lead to disappointment later on. Be sure to take the time to read reviews, ask for recommendations, and meet with potential vendors before making any decisions. Also, be sure that you and your wedding vendors are a good fit for each other before committing.

4. Not Having a Backup Plan / Rain Plan

Outdoor weddings can be beautiful, but they also come with the risk of bad weather. Always have a backup plan, also known as a rain plan, in place in case of rain or other unforeseen circumstances.

5. Overlooking Hidden Costs

There are often hidden costs associated with weddings that couples don't anticipate, such as venue service charges, taxes, gratuities, and overtime fees. Make sure to account for these in your budget.  A good way to prepare for hidden costs is to establish a contingency fund.

6. Trying to Please Everyone

It's impossible to please everyone, so don't drive yourself crazy trying. Focus on what you and your partner want for your wedding day, rather than trying to accommodate every family member or guest's preferences.

7. Waiting Too Long to Send Invitations

Sending out invitations too late can result in low attendance rates, especially for guests who need to make travel arrangements or find a babysitter. Aim to send out save-the-dates at least six months before the wedding and invitations two to three months before.

8. Not Taking Care of Yourself

Wedding planning can be stressful, but it's important to take care of yourself throughout the process. Make time for self-care activities, get plenty of rest, and don't forget to eat healthy and exercise.

9. Micromanaging Everything

While staying organized and on top of things is important, micromanaging every aspect of the wedding can lead to unnecessary stress. Delegate tasks to trusted friends and family members, and try to let go of perfectionism or better yet, hire a professional.

10. Forgetting the Marriage

In the midst of all the wedding planning, remember the reason you're getting married in the first place. Take time to nurture your relationship and focus on building a strong foundation for your marriage.

If you would like to learn more about our 10 Wedding Planning Mistakes to Avoid, contact us to speak to one of our wedding planners.



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