I get it, this is your first time planning a wedding and there's a chance you might commit a few "wedding crimes" along the way. (Yikes!) Lucky for you, we're "Besties" so I'm here to help you avoid these 8 Common Wedding Mistakes Couples Make.
Not Hiring A Wedding Planner or Coordinator
The last month or two before your wedding are probably the most stressful so why not hand it over to someone else while you enjoy some quality time with your fiancé. Your wedding planner or coordinator will handle any last minute vendor meetings, address all concerns and oversee all wedding day details. Trust me, it's worth the peace of mind!
Hiring Family & Friends Instead Of Wedding Professionals
We all have that one uncle who recently purchased a new camera and has offered to do your wedding photography or the friend who DJs on the weekends and offered you a great deal on your reception music. As tempting as that sounds and as much as you'd like to cut costs, this is NEVER a good idea. When it comes to your wedding ... your ONCE IN A LIFETIME celebration, leave it to the pros. A wedding professional is highly skilled in their niche and fully equipped to deliver quality work that you won't regret for years to come. Remember, you get what you pay for.
Not Feeding Your Vendors
Yes, I know you've already invested hundreds or maybe even thousands of dollars in booking your favorite vendors and I promise, they are just as excited as you are for the big day. Now keep in mind that they're on their feet for about 8-12 hours capturing perfect photos, keeping your guests on the dance floor and making sure everything runs smooth on your wedding day. So let's make sure to provide our AWESOME vendors with a few minutes to fuel up. In most cases your caterer will give you a discounted rate on vendor meals which usually consists of a boxed lunch (sandwich, chips and a drink).
Inviting Non-Wedding Guests To Pre-Wedding Events
So how would you feel if someone invited you to their bridal shower, you bring them a really nice gift but then you don't get invited to the wedding ... crappy huh? To avoid hurting anyone's feelings or giving false expectations, stick to your wedding guest list. A great rule of thumb: When it comes to your bridal shower, invite all the women on your wedding guest list and for the Bachelorette party, since this is a bit more intimate, invite your bridal party and a few of your closest friends.
Having A Large Gap Between Ceremony & Reception
If you plan to have your ceremony and reception at different locations, try to minimize the idle time your guests will have inbetween. If you can't avoid a large gap, set something up to keep your guests entertained. Maybe have a party bus take them around town and drop them off at the reception venue or get a live band to perform at your cocktail hour. Get creative!
Open Mic at the Reception
There's a time and place for everything and your wedding reception is not one of them. I get it, your guests want to say a few words and share embarrassing stories. Save the open mic for your rehearsal dinner. Maybe have everyone share a fun story about how the two of you met or when they knew you were meant to be and leave the wedding speeches to the best man and maid of honor.
Not Having A Rain Plan You Love
Let's face it .. no one thinks it's going to rain on their wedding day but sometimes Mother Nature decides to sprinkle you with good luck. If you are planning to have any part of your wedding outdoors, make sure to find a venue who's "rain option" you love!
Saving DIY Projects For Last Minute
I know, I know ... you're running low on time and these last few details are starting to add up so why not have your bridesmaids help out the night before the wedding. Sounds like an awesome idea huh? ... and you're probably the "queen" of DIY projects but let's face it, nothing is going to get done. You and your girls are going to stay up with a bottle of wine while laughing and reminiscing on what it took to get to this day. Save yourself the stress and check out Etsy for cute, inexpensive wedding items.
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