Yesssssss! He finally popped the question and I know you can’t wait to get started planning your big day! Before you drop that huge deposit on a regrettable decision, check out my top 5 Mistakes to Avoid While Planning Your Wedding.
SELECTING YOUR VENDORS BEFORE FINALIZING YOUR BUDGET
I know you’ve had your heart set on that gorgeous rooftop venue with the city view, but slow your roll. Do not sign any contracts or complete any deposits before you and your spouse-to-be agree on a budget. Finalizing a budget can be a huge stress for both the bride and groom. It is important to allocate your funds to the things that matter most to the BOTH of you. Sit down with your honey and set your priorities together before making any vendor plans.
FORGOING A RAIN PLAN
No need for tears. Tradition says rain is a sign of good luck on your big day. But the luck tends to run out if you don’t have a legit rain plan. Does your venue have an alternate location designated in case of stormy skies? Before you book your wedding venue, double check your contract for a rain site. Include your rain location on your wedding website or on your Details Card enclosure.
WAITING TOO LATE TO FEED YOUR GUESTS
Another huge mistake that many couples make is waiting too late to feed their guests. As a professional planner, I can guarantee you that your guests aren’t just there to hear your vows, they’re there to eat! Not mention you paid a pretty penny for that plated three-course dinner. As a rule, food service should begin within two of hours of the ceremony start time. For example, if your wedding starts at 5:30, guests should be enjoying their meal by 7:30 at the latest. If you’re worried about getting all your pictures done, plan to take a few pre-ceremony shots. You photographer can coordinate the bride and groom separately to avoid any unplanned first looks. Check out this Timeline example below:
5:30 PM: Ceremony
6:00 PM: Cocktail/Social Hour
7:00 PM: Guest Seated
7:10 PM: Reception Grand Entrance
7:15 PM: First Dance/Bride & Groom Seated
7:20 PM: Dinner Service Begins
INVITING TOO MANY GUESTS
Can we get a little elbow room? Uhhhh, there is nothing worst than an overpacked wedding. Tables are crowded with little space between guests and décor. Do yourself a favor and stick to guests count that matches your venue capacity and budget.
YOU’RE GOING WANT TO REWIND THIS. GET A VIDEOGRAPHER!
Ok here is the best advice I can give (besides hiring me of course), get a PROFESSIONAL videographer. I promise it will be worth it. Photos are great but video is truly amazing. Just being able to hear your vows, or see the emotion on your father’s face as he gives you away. Nothing even comes close. Get a professional who specializes in weddings. Since the final edits are the most important part, make sure you check out their previous work before signing on the dotted line.