Brides are only human and the planning stage can be overwhelming. But don’t worry we are here to help! Below are three biggest mistakes we see brides make and our tips to ensure you don’t fall into the same traps.
Jumping In Before Setting Your ‘Wedding Vision’
The problem: You’re engaged! You’re excited! You’re ready to send out the save the dates, book the venue, choose the dress - now! Well hang on a second, you’re forgetting something. What exactly is your wedding vision?
The solution: This is one of the most crucial parts of planning. If you do it right to begin with, your wedding will become one of the most meaningful and special days of your life not only for you and your partner but for your guests. So you shouldn’t make any decisions before you have your vision somewhat firmly in place. Why, you ask? Well, the last thing you want is to have a non-refundable deposit down on that restaurant only to find out your partner wants to hold it on the beach! The first thing you need to plan (or at least talk over with your fiancé) is what kind of atmosphere you’d like for your wedding. Do you want an intimate, close friends and family-only affair, or do you want to throw the event of the season for 300-plus people? Once you have worked out what your wedding vision or criteria is, this will then act as your decision-making blueprint and will assist in creating a wedding that is a true representation of you and your partner rather than and out of the box standard event.
Doing It All Yourself
The problem: There is nothing better than seeing the clever projects that couples create to make their weddings unique. But sometimes the line has to be drawn somewhere. There’s doing it yourself, and then there’s overdoing it yourself. After all, there are plenty of benefits to DIY. You can be sure no one else has the exact same thing, you might keep your budget in check, and (before you actually sit down to hand-write 200 favour tags) you probably think that it will make a fun story.
The solution: Rather than taking on too many projects, pick one or two that you’re really in love with and put your resources (both mental and monetary) into working on those. For the others, do a little research and try to find a ready-made version that makes you happy. With so many great handmade goodies out there, chances are you’ll find one that fits your style and saves you a whole lot of time!
Blowing Your Budget
The problem: You came up with a number. You did some research. You revised the number. You started planning ... but all the little extra you didn’t think about are adding up and now that number’s not going to cut it. Budgeting for a wedding can be a nightmare but that doesn’t mean you should elope.
The solution: The best solution is prevention. You need to sit down from the start and make sure you have detailed and realistic budget in place. Ensuring you have a budget that encompasses all possible cost is hard if you have not planned a wedding before. This is one of the reasons we plan weddings and have an in-depth budget with every possible expense. However, if you are already down the track and find you’ve underestimated some expenses, don’t panic. Instead, sit down with your fiancé and try to reach a constructive solution. Maybe you can give up an item or trade for another for example use flowers that are in season or organise a DJ instead of a live band. A DJ is a great place to save money. They are usually a fraction of the cost of a band and can even be more fun. Also you don’t have to deal with band breaks and feeding an entire band. Anyway food for thought.
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