The Nine Biggest Mistakes Brides Make When Wedding Planning

Wedding planning is something that all brides look forward to doing. It’s exciting, interesting, and a once in a lifetime opportunity. The issue with wedding planning is that a lot of stress comes with it, which can lead to mistakes being made. Of course, most mistakes are easily fixable and can be sorted in just a few minutes. However, there are some mistakes that can have a big impact on your special day.

 

You only get one wedding day, and so, the chances are, you want it to be as close to perfect as possible. Small blunders like the wrong playlist being played at your reception is one thing, the wrong cars arriving is another. Planning a wedding takes a lot of time, money and effort, so it’s no wonder you want it to be as perfect as possible. To help you ensure that your wedding days goes without any major hitches, here are nine of the biggest mistakes to avoid making.

 

  1. Not doing the guest list first

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The guest list should always be done before anything else. Without an idea of how many people you have attending, it’s impossible to know which venues will be suitable. As well as how much to budget for things like food, alcohol, and transport.

 

  1. Buying a wedding dress in your dream size

 

So you’re dreaming of dropping two dress sizes by your wedding day. That’s great, but whatever you do, don’t buy a wedding dress that’s two sizes smaller than your current size. It’s a recipe for total disaster. Instead, buy a dress that fits you perfectly now, and then, if you shed all the weight that you want to, have it altered.

 

  1. Picking a venue without thinking it through

 

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Don’t rush into choosing a venue, take the time to think it through. Say you fall in love with a wedding venue like Clevedon Hall, don’t rush into booking it. Go and see it, take into account how many people it can hold, and ensure it fits your wedding theme. You don’t want to book a venue and then find that it’s not right for you.

 

  1. Not having a to-do list

 

Planning a wedding requires organisation, so it’s essential that you have a to-do list. This is important as by having a to-do list you can ensure that you don’t forget to do anything. If you put dates by each task, you can make sure that you do everything in the right order.

 

  1. Doing it all by yourself

 

Whatever you do, don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Instead of trying to deal with every aspect of your wedding planning yourself, don’t be afraid to accept help. Your partner and bridesmaids are there to help.

 

  1. Forgetting to budget effectively

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If you’ve only got a certain amount to spend on your wedding, it’s essential that you budget effectively. If you fail to do this, you’ll end up spending more than you can afford. So keeping your budget in mind at all times is important.

 

  1. Being too picky

 

Don’t be too picky about things. Yes, it’s your special day, and you want it to be perfect, but that doesn’t mean you should turn into bridezilla. Stressing about the perfect shade of white for your table linens is taking things a step too far.

 

  1. Leaving your seating plan until the last minute

 

It might be boring, but it’s an essential part of your big day. If you want to ensure that everyone sits where they’re meant to, it’s important to ensure that you get your seating plan sorted at least a week in advance.

 

  1. Having a strict wedding day schedule

 

Last but not least, don’t make the mistake of having a strict wedding day schedule. You want everything to be perfect, but you don’t want to be stressing about things running slightly later than you thought they would. Have a schedule of what needs to be done, but don’t put strict time constraints on each thing.

 

Take these mistakes on board and you can ensure that you don’t make the same ones with your big day.

 

How to Have Your Unique Wedding on a Budget

Soon the lovely warm summer will be upon us, and that means one thing – wedding season. If you’re planning a wedding, you’ll know how much there is to do, and how much work it is. You want to make your wedding day your own, but do you sometimes think that everything starts to look, a bit, well, samey? After months of reading bridal magazines and going to wedding fairs, at times, it can all seem to seep into one big confetti shaped blur.

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So how do you add your own stamp to proceedings? If you like to be different and stand out from the crowd, an off the peg wedding is not going to be your ideal big day. Your wedding day is meant to represent the beginning of your new life together, so you should make it reflect you as a couple.

 

The thing is, getting married tends not to be cheap. It can cost a lot. Dresses, venue, food, it all adds up and can make a considerable dent in your wedding day budget. And if you want something that’s a bit quirky and not run of the mill, it tends to incur a premium. But it doesn’t have to. Here are some really awesome tips to help you save cash and be true to you on your big day!

If you’re not into the schmaltzy shop standard invitations, then why not have a go at making your own? Even if you’re not the most crafty of folk, you can cheat a little. Check out these clever DIY wedding invites by Pure Invitation. You can design your own invites with minimal skills – there’s no card cutting or scoring required. It’s so simple to do, and you can design something that you really love. They aren’t too expensive either so it’s great for saving a little bit of cash. Even better, you don’t have to sacrifice giving the impression you want.

When you’re looking for the dress, it can be daunting knowing even where to start. The choice can be overwhelming. And some dresses are so expensive. If you love vintage and retro clothing why not see if you can find something preloved? From eBay to local charity shops you’ll find fabulous wedding dresses for a fraction of the price you’d pay most other places. If you love the retro look but sizing is an issue, or you can’t find a dress you love, check out vintage style wedding dresses at Vivien of Holloway. Their reproduction styles are stunning and surprisingly affordable.

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When it comes to decorations for your wedding day, you can’t go wrong looking for inspiration on sites like Pinterest. I wish Pinterest had been around when I was planning my wedding! Some of the most stunning decorations are really simple, and can be cost effective. Black boards look great and can be used for a variety of purposes. Simple arrangements can be elegant and striking. Don’t forget to include elements that reflect all the things you love. If you aren’t that good at making things, why not enlist the help of crafty friends and make an evening of it? Not only will you have fun, but you might also find friends have hidden talents! You can buy all sorts of odds and ends on eBay to help give your decorations a professional touch.I had a lot of fun designing my guestbook tree, and it cost very little to make.

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It’s not difficult to stamp your own unique style on your wedding. Have you got any tips or tricks on how to keep your big day individual and save money? Drop by and let us know in the comments below!

 

Why I Love Destination Weddings (And You Should, Too!)

Match and I had a pretty traditional wedding. It was beautiful and I loved every moment of it. But more and more often I see people traveling abroad for destination weddings and can’t help but think how incredible it sounds. Considering we didn’t get to have a honeymoon and we haven’t done much traveling, sometimes I wish we had opted for something non-traditional like a destination wedding dress. My sister-in-law had a destination wedding, and she said they couldn’t have been happier with their choice. With destination weddings taking off, I decided to look into the best reasons why you should consider one.

 

They can save you money

A lot of the time, destination weddings can end up costing less than you think they will. In fact, I had a friend who slashed her wedding budget in half simply by moving it abroad. Things like food, drink and venue hire can be less pricey than your hometown. (Depending on where you are from and where you are going, of course.) Many destination wedding locations organize all-inclusive prices. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about all the little extras which can sting your bank account.

 

You can choose a beautiful location

When choosing a destination wedding, the world is your oyster. You can pick anywhere that appeals to you. Perhaps that is a sunny beach in the Caribbean or a snowy mountain in the Alps. Whatever your preferences, you can make sure your wedding is in a gorgeous location.  Think of the photographs. You, your partner and a stunning backdrop will create memories that last a lifetime.

 

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Easy to organize

Many people assume that destination weddings are difficult to organize, but they needn’t be. Many destination weddings offer great packages so they take care of a lot of it for you. Or if you want to plan something extra special, you can find destination wedding planners who will take care of everything for you. They will make sure your wedding is exactly to your specifications by chatting with local businesses and venues. This is even better if you are getting married in a location where the language is different to your first language. There won’t be any language barriers and nothing will get lost in translation.

 

Ready-made excuse to cut back on guests

If you can already see your guest list spiraling out of control, hosting a destination wedding is a great way to cut back. You have the perfect excuse for keeping it small. You can justify your choice by saying that you don’t want too many people to have to go to a great expense to travel just for your wedding. Just make sure you don’t guilt trip people who cannot afford to attend. After all, it’s YOUR choice to have a destination wedding, and you have to understand that not everyone can afford to travel.

 

It will be the most memorable wedding for your guests

Most people remember very little from weddings they go to. Sure, they think back and remember that they had fun and it was a nice day, but how much detail do they really retain? With a destination wedding you will find that guests will remember every detail. Like how gorgeous you looked in this stunning location. How beautiful the hotel they stayed in. And how much fun they had!

 

The Wedding Planner

Julie: My wedding planner is a passive-aggressive nitwit who has the audacity to question my taste in music. Bob Seger is not “so over.” –The O.C.

No, I didn’t go out and drop tons of money on a Jennifer Lopez inspired wedding planner (that movie was horrific. That chick has the acting ability of a stick). I found a great website that is like having a virtual planner for everything wedding related. I like the simplicity of it, versus a lot of other planning sites out there. Their free wedding software breaks everything down, all of those little details involved in planning a wedding. I honestly had no idea there were so many things to think about! The engagement party, bridal shower, bachelor/bachelorette parties, rehearsal, ceremony, reception, day after brunch, the honeymoon, the list goes on. Continue reading The Wedding Planner