The problem is that weddings are also complicated events. You have caterers, planners, guests, venues, dining areas, gifts, reservations, attire and a long list of points that require your attention. If you fail to pay attention to even the smallest detail, then everything could fall apart.
This problem becomes further compounded by the fact that your wedding can become even more of a disaster if you listen to the wrong advice. From having a DIY buffet to foregoing the wedding planner, let’s examine five wedding planning mistakes that could ruin your wedding and some alternatives.
Mistake #1: Do All the Planning Yourself
Weddings are incredibly intricate events. One simple deviation from a plan could spell the first few steps to a spiral of unfortunate events that ultimately ruin the event that should be among your most cherished memories.
That’s why one of the biggest mistakes you can make is to do all the planning yourself. You will inevitably run into a situation where your planning falls short, which in turn means that you have to deal with unforeseen consequences.
Think of hiring a wedding planner as an investment. You are reducing the likelihood that unfortunate occurrences will happen by allowing someone with more experience and time to handle the sensitive details of your wedding planning.
If you hire a full-service planner, then they may even coordinate your wedding on the day of your big event. This can make nuisances like late caterers into a non-issue.
Mistake #2: Reject Help
Another easy mistake to make with your wedding is to reject help. This includes the help of paid professionals and friends alike. You are not someone capable of doing everything, nor do you have eight hands to do everything with.
When someone offers you help on the day of your wedding, consider taking up their offer. If you feel comfortable and confident in their ability to help, then let them.
Every thing you leave to someone else gives you another minute of worry-less enjoyment on your big day.
Mistake #3: Letting Others Make Your Decisions
Choice is something that comes in ample amounts with weddings. From picking your floral arrangements to finding that perfect ring, you always have a choice when your wedding is involved.
The problem many brides and grooms encounter is the fact that they are not stern with their choices. This allows people, from your father-in-law to the local florist, to choose for you. This results in pricier practices and decisions that may not align with your unique preferences.
The best way to avoid letting others make all the decisions for you is to make your own decisions. Don’t be afraid to say “No.” to anyone trying to up-sell you on something more elaborate than you need for your wedding.
Mistake #4: Elaborate Favors Made From Everything But Food
Wedding favors tend to be one of the most wasteful parts of a wedding, but not because your guests won’t appreciate them. They will appreciate those knick-knacks for a while before they discard them next Spring during their annual cleaning.
That’s why opting for expensive wedding favors tends to be a real mistake.
Opt instead for food-centric favors. You want your guests to relish in the moment, which is why something like a light snack tends to win the hearts of the guests at weddings rather than ornamental favors.
Mistake #5: You Must Pick the Perfect Dress
One of the biggest mistakes brides make while planning their wedding is obsessing over the “perfect wedding gown.” The idea that there is always a better dress is one that can quickly frustrate planners, grooms and brides alike.
When you go shopping, don’t go looking for the perfect dress. Instead, look for a dress that accentuates your unique style, which in turn will accommodate you on your big day.
Remember that there is no perfect dress. There is only the dress that you will wear on your wedding day.
Not All Mistakes are Created Equal
While the five mistakes listed here are fairly straightforward, not all wedding mistakes can be readily recognized. Some are hiding in the details, which in turn means that you will require an expert to find them before they sabotage your wedding.
Whether your expert is your mother-in-law or a professional wedding planner, don’t try to go at your wedding by yourself. You need and deserve help, which in turn will aid you in having a more enjoyable and less problematic wedding.