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5 Common Mistakes to Avoid While Wedding Planning

Shannon Arney - Tuesday, May 03, 2016
5 Common Mistakes to Avoid While Wedding Planning

You said yes to the engagement ring and now its time to get the ball rolling on wedding planning.  So much goes into the wedding planning process that a few pointers on what NOT to do can really save you some headache.  Avoid these 5 wedding planning blunders to help keep your stress level to a minimum and the planning a fun and enjoyable experience to cherish.


5 Common Mistakes to Avoid While Wedding Planning


Blunder #1: DIY-ing everything

With Pinterest and DIY being a huge craze we are starting to see many brides taking on multiple wedding projects.  There are two potential issues that can come out of DIY weddings.  First, they aren't necessarily cheaper.  Purchasing all the needed supplies and tools to complete the projects can in many cases exceed the cost of simply buying what you are making.  Make sure you do your research so you aren't wasting valuable time and money on a project that would have been half the cost to purchase. Second, they can become overwhelming and time consuming.  Don't take on multiple DIY wedding projects!  You are already responsible with planning the entire wedding, why add to your list!?  Make sure you keep yourself in check when hunting out what can be made vs. purchased.

Bride looking at her refelection in a mirro and having makeup applied.Alyssa at the luxurious Ritz Carlton, preparing for her wedding ceremony.

Blunder #2: Starting hair and makeup too late

Of course you want your hair and makeup to look pristine when it comes time to make that walk down the aisle, but don't allow this make you late for your own wedding.  Stylist are typically responsible for you and your bridal party's makeup and do's.  Some opt to make a bride's maid the last to sit in the stylist's chair.  This is a good option because she can always switch to a less elaborate hair style to keep a stylist on schedule, while you don't have that option.  If you are one of the many bride's choosing to do bridal party pics prior to the ceremony you most certainly want to schedule your hair and makeup so that you have window between getting ready and the wedding.  Don't rush through pictures, you will regret that decision for years to come!

Blunder #3: Micromanaging your vendors

You have selected your vendors for their particular expertise and vision.  Trust in the them to make your own vision for your wedding a reality; that's why you hired them after all.  It may be tempting to be involved in every detail, but trust me when I say it is a bad idea!  You are only creating more unnecessary work for yourself and very unnecessary stress. You don't have the time or experience your wedding vendors possess so trust in them to get the job done.

Blunder #4: Hiring a friend instead of a Pro

With brides and grooms spending an all time high on weddings, everyone is looking for ways to cut corners and save a buck.  Hiring a friend in replace of a professional vendor is a big wedding "no, no."  Just because Suzie has a really nice camera doesn't mean she knows how to tackle wedding photography.  This is one of the most important days of your life so you want to place the big responsibilities like videography and catering in a professional's hands.  This decision will allow you to have peace of mind come ceremony time and allow your friends to relax and enjoy your wedding day.

Blunder #5: Last Minute Planning

Oh, no-the wedding is just weeks away and you have tons left to plan!  Can you imagine the headache that scenario would cause?  This should be one of the happiest experiences of your life, not one of the most stressful.  Meet and coordinate with vendors early to make sure you have everything set in stone well in advance.  Don't spend your wedding day stressing over whether the caterer you hired two days ago will even show up. Your wedding day is one day you just don't want to procrastinate.

Newlyweds playfully rejoice over being married in Winston Salem NCSara and Jon playfully rejoice over their recent nuptials at their Winston Salem Wedding.

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