Planning a wedding is a difficult task! It’s easy to make a mistake when there are thousands of decisions to make and hundreds of tasks to complete. And most of the time, you won’t realize you’ve made a mistake until the wedding day when a problem arises. And you won’t want to be solving problems or putting out fires on your wedding day. Instead, you’ll want to be having fun and celebrating with your friends and family. And that is what I want for you too. So read below to learn the 5 most common wedding planning mistakes, and how you can avoid making them.
Wedding Planning Mistake #1: Blowing Your Budget
Many brides are so excited to be getting married, they start booking vendors and buying things before setting their budget. And once they do set their budget, they realize they have already spent most of it and don’t have much money left for everything else. So even though creating a budget is not fun, it needs to be one of the first tasks you complete. I suggest sitting down with anyone contributing money or making decisions to discuss priorities and set a budget. And once the budget is set, be sure to pay attention to your spending. That way you always know how much you have spent and how much you have left to spend.
For advice on setting a budget, read our post “Creating A Budget For Your Wedding”
Wedding Planning Mistake #2: Not Selecting A Large Enough Event Space
The wedding venue will be one of your largest wedding expenses. So it can be tempting to book a smaller venue to save money. However, that can be a mistake if the space is not large enough. Don’t just look at the room’s capacity because that only tells you how many people the room can hold. You’ll need extra space for the dance floor, food/beverage tables, specialty tables, and to add an extra table should any unexpected guests show up. You’ll also want to make sure there is a clear pathway across the room, so your guests and service staff don’t have to zig-zag their way in between tables to move around. The best thing to do is take the capacity of the space and deduct 10% from it. If the number of people you are inviting is larger than that number, move on to a different venue.
Wedding Planning Mistake #3: Hiring Friends Instead of Professionals
Wedding vendors can be expensive. So some brides hire friends to complete jobs on the wedding day instead of wedding vendors. Some common examples are hiring friends to be the DJ, the photographer, or the videographer. However, not hiring professionals is a mistake. Just because your friend puts together rad playlists, it doesn’t mean they are able to get your guests on the dance floor. Just because your friend has a good camera, it doesn’t mean they know how to use lighting and angles to create good pictures. And your friend with the video camera probably doesn’t have everything needed to hold the camera steady and pick up sound. You only have one wedding day. You don’t want to look back and wish you had better photos or video, or that your guests had more fun. So hiring professionals on your wedding day is well worth the expense.
Wedding Planning Mistake #4: Skipping The Videographer
After your wedding, you will think about how the day went and what things you would change if you could. In my experience as a wedding planner, 100% of the brides who skip hiring a videographer regret it. And wish they could go back in time and hire one. Because looking at photos of the wedding day will only take you so far. They don’t allow you to hear each other say your vows. Or watch your friends tear up the dance floor. And nothing compares to being able to relive your wedding day and experience how it looked and felt like a video does. Take my advice and hire a wedding videographer. You will not regret it!
Wedding Planning Mistake #5: Not Planning Out Toasts
Guests start to get bored with toasts if they are too long or if a lot of people give one. So I suggest limiting toasts to no more than 5 people and no more than 3-5 minutes each and staggering them throughout the meal service. I suggest asking your close friends and family ahead of time if they would like to give a toast. Then create a list of people giving a toast to give to your DJ or planner. I also suggest avoiding an “open mic” because you have no control over who gives a speech, how long they speak for, or what they say. And you don’t want anyone to get up and say something embarrassing or inappropriate on your wedding day.
These are the five most common mistakes brides make when planning their weddings. I hope this post helps you avoid making these same mistakes so that you can have a fun and stress-free wedding day that is remembered for years to come. If you need additional help with avoiding common planning pitfalls or identifying potential problem areas, A Daydream Wedding is here to help! We’d love to go over your wedding day plans and help you get the day set up for success. Contact us today or schedule your free wedding planning consultation!
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