Top 5 Wedding Planning Mistakes

By Franc — April 25, 2014

Like every bride, you probably want your wedding to be perfect.  That being said, it is important to remember that planning a wedding is a process, and every detail won’t be perfect every step of the way.  However, you can learn from the mistakes made by other brides.

Avoid these top five wedding planning mistakes so that your wedding day can be as perfect as possible.

Wedding Planning Mistakes List

#1 – Failing to Set a Budget

It is absolutely essential to set a budget, whether you are trying to minimize costs or going all out.  You may think that you are being frugal, but the costs can quickly add up without you realizing it.  Even if you have a substantial amount of money to spend, it is still important to sit down and decide how you want to allocate those funds.

Determine a budget, and devise an itemized list of how you want to break that budget down.  Include all of the details, from the venue and catering to the dress to the decorations and favors.  It is also a good idea to give yourself a bit of a cushion in the budget in case things end up costing more than you expected.

As a general rule, a 10% bumper in the budget is a good figure.  If you have extra money left over, you can use it for your honeymoon or use it to help furnish the home you will share with your new spouse.

If you are feeling concerned about a tight budget, don’t worry.  There are lots of ways that you can cut costs and still have a beautiful wedding.  Consider holding your wedding off-season, when everything will be less expensive.

#2 – Failing to Allow Adequate Time

The surest way to stress yourself out and make planning your wedding a nightmare is to fail to allow adequate time.  If you are having a large wedding, you should start planning a year to a year and a half in advance.  For a smaller wedding, eight months to a year is usually sufficient.

#3 – Failing to Delegate Responsibilities

You can’t do everything yourself, and you won’t enjoy it if you try.  Enlist the help of your bridesmaids, friends, and family members to help you get everything done.  Your mother or your maid of honor will likely be more than happy to help out with some errands.

Don’t forget that you can rely on your vendors, as well.  Your florist, photographer, and caterer are experts in the wedding business.  Count on their expertise to help you through this.

#4 – Failing to Hire a Wedding Planner

A wedding planner is a great resource; he will take care of all the details so that you can relax and enjoy your special day.  Many brides think that they can’t afford a wedding planner, but it can actually be quite cost-effective.

Wedding planners have relationships with other vendors, which means that they can get you a better rate than you could get on your own.

#5 – Failing to Consider the Details of the Reception Venu

Many brides have an ideal image of their wedding in mind, but they don’t pay attention to the more realistic details.  Have you always dreamed of an outdoor wedding?  Go for it, but have a backup plan in place in case it rains.

Is the reception venue that you love a bit of a distance from the wedding venue?  Then be sure to provide clear directions and even considering providing transportation for your guests from one location to another.

When you are planning your wedding, call Ireland’s premier wedding planner, Weddings by Franc.

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