The 5 Biggest Mistakes All Brides-to-Be Make
So you’re getting married? Well, first off, congratulations! This is an exciting and memorable time of your life that you’ll never forget, but let’s make sure that the memories leading up to your big day are remembered as pleasant ones! Wedding planning can be incredibly fun and, unfortunately, stressful at the same time. That’s why we want to help you by giving you tips on how to avoid the biggest mistakes some brides before you have made.
- Set a budget and do your best to stick to it. Weddings can be expensive, especially with all the glitz and glamour you may be tempted to add on. That’s why it is crucial to set aside allotted budgets for all facets of your big day— the photographer, the music, the venue… you get the picture. Trust us, the show will not go on if you don’t pay your talent/vendors/what-have-you. There are many tools and resources, such as a wedding planner at your reception venue, now that help budgeting out your big day such as the one from The Knot.
- Manage the guest list. Have you ever seen Sex and the City (the movie)? Did you see what happened when Carrie’s guest list grew from a sizeable amount to an outrageous one? Yeah, we thought so. The number of guests on your list, as well as most things wedding, should be agreed upon by both partners to ensure each of your versions of your big day are on the same page. In addition to crowd control, you need to keep in mind the maximum capacity of the venue you’ve selected. The rule of thumb is that assume 80% of your guests will be attending and then plan accordingly.
- Do not save the dress for last. Whether you’re dreaming of couture or finding the deal of the century with an off-the-rack dress, give yourself enough time for custom orders and alternations. There’s a saying about good things, they come with skilled seamstresses… oh yeah, and an appropriate amount of time!
- Be aware of hotel availability. Do you have guests coming in from out of town? Or ones that are going to take advantage of your open bar? We thought so. Often times, the hotel accommodations, such as blocking out rooms for guests, are left to last minute. To save your guests from a commute, consider selecting a venue that also has a hotel. It will save many the transportation headaches that may ensue otherwise. To ensure your guests have a place to stay, block off rooms 8 months before your wedding and include all hotel accommodation information in your save-the-date cards or invitations (tip: sometimes the hotel/venue will even provide you cards to include!).
- Remember what’s important. We totally get it. The whole wedding process can be incredibly stressful and, because of that, tensions may rise. Do your best to keep your cool and not burn any bridges. Also, remember why you’re getting married in the first place — we highly doubt it’s just for the ceremony and party afterward! It’s your wedding, enjoy it!
For more wedding day tips, help and planning, contact our Wedding Planner, Leslie Meyer at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone, (518) 785-1857 ext. 405.