Planning a wedding takes time, patience, and a lot of energy. Bringing the various elements of the day together so everything is just right can be a real challenge. All too often, couples make basic mistakes during the planning process. This can lead to added stress and can mean that key elements of the wedding don’t work out in the way you’d hoped.
To help ensure you don’t fall into common wedding traps, and to help make the planning process as stress free as possible, we’re taking a look at some of the most common mistakes couples make when planning a wedding.
Booking a venue before finalising your guest list
As most wedding planners will tell you, there’s pretty much no point doing anything until you’ve drawn up your wedding guest list. Your guest list will determine the size of the venue you need to book. It will also have an impact on your wedding budget. If you can’t get a final tally of guests before you move onto the planning stages, try to get your estimate as accurate as possible before you start properly organising your big day.
Booking a cheap photographer
It’s no secret that wedding photographers are expensive. A high-end photographer can put a serious hole in your wedding budget and it can be all too easy to try and avoid the expense by hiring a cheaper snapper. However, as @thevow_ie says:
“Nothing is more upsetting than being handed sub-standard prints, or a collection of images that don’t include your family, are too dark or haven’t used your venue’s best angles. Save money elsewhere.”
Not keeping track of the wedding budget
If you’re like most couples, you’ll probably be working to a fairly tight wedding budget when planning your big day. Keeping a close eye on this budget will be key to ensuring you don’t go overboard on any particular area, and that you have plenty of resources to cover all key elements of the day.
If possible, sit down at the very beginning of the planning process and think about where your money’s going to go. This will help you to get an idea of the venue, dress, flowers, and entertainment you can afford.
Doing it all yourself
One of the biggest mistakes that couples make is attempting to organise everything themselves. Putting a wedding together is an incredibly complex process. From coordinating the florist and decorators to liaising with the venue and getting everything in the right place, at the right time, is a real skill. Enquire about our in-house, experienced wedding planners, who can take care of every little detail for you.
If you’d like to use the services of a professional wedding planner or coordinator when putting together your big day, we can help. Our expert in house team have organised a huge variety of weddings and can be on hand to help you through every stage of the planning process.
Get in touch with a member of our team today to find out more.