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The 3 Most Common Mistakes Couples Make After Becoming Engaged

Katrina Robinson - Wednesday, June 28, 2017
The 3 Most Common Mistakes Couples Make After Becoming Engaged

You popped the question and are now engaged! Hooray! But now the fun—and oftentimes stressful—part begins: wedding planning. To ensure the planning process goes as smoothly as possible, avoid making these common wedding-planning blunders.

Black and White Photograph of Bride Sitting in Groom's Lap

1. Neglecting to Create a Wedding Budget

Bride and Groom Looking at Each Other Lovingly

Flying by the seat of your pants is fun to do when on vacation or during a shopping trip, but when it comes to wedding planning, not having a budget in place can be incredibly detrimental. Before you even begin to plan your wedding, sit down and create a realistic budget. Decide which parts of your wedding you can save money on and which are most important to you as a couple. For example, if you’re like most couples, photography is a top priority—but the floral arrangements may not be much of a concern. Decide together how much money you’re willing—and able—to spend for each of the big wedding expenses, and then whittle down to smaller expenses like invitations and save-the-date cards.

2. Having a Backup Plan

Bride and Groom Sitting on Opposite Sides of Tree in Green Field

No, we don’t mean a plan in case your beloved turns out to not be your perfect match—we mean to have a backup plan in case it rains on your big day. This is especially important for couples who opt for outdoor weddings. Talk to your ceremony and reception venues to see if they have a plan in place in the case of extreme weather. If they don’t, you may want to consider other venues. After all, they do say if it rains on your wedding day, it’s good luck—and we could all use some good luck, right?

3. Inviting Too Many People

Ballantyne Country Club Wedding Ceremony Venue

So your venue comfortably holds 250 people? Don’t send out 450 invitations with the thought that a good number of your invites won’t be able to make your event. Because if you get even 350 “yes” responses, your venue is going to be packed—and not in a comfortable, everyone-you-love-is-present kind of way. We suggest finding out the max amount of guests your venue can hold and then reducing that number by ten percent. This is your magic number, and this is how many people you should invite. Trust us—having too many people packed into a space makes for an uncomfortable, unpleasant ceremony and reception. And that’s the last thing you want on your wedding day!

Black and White Photograph of Bride Looking Lovingly at Groom

By avoiding these three mistakes, you can ensure that you don’t go into debt planning your wedding, that you aren’t freaking out if it rains on your big day, and that your guests aren’t packed into your venue of choice like sardines.

Another mistake we would add to the list? Getting the wrong wedding photographer for you and your significant other! Make sure you vibe with your photographer and that you share a vision of what your wedding photographs will look like. We at Fusion Photography Studio would love to get to know you and see if we’d be a good fit as your wedding photographer. Give us a call at (704) 728-2658 or contact us through our online form.


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