Brides and Grooms always make a few mistakes when planning their wedding, so to make sure your day runs a little easier we got some tips from Tracy Hollinshead, proprietor of Cherish Bridal, to make up a little list of reminders of what not to do so you can avoid the mistakes and planning pitfalls!
You Don’t Put Yourself or the Groom First!
Before you go mad pinning on Pinterest, buying bridal magazines or bookmarking blogs, take your time to think about the type of celebration you and the groom want. Do you envision a black tie evening theme, or a more casual relaxed daytime party? Make a list of your priorities; what is most important to you? Are you a foodie or is music your thing? This kind of pre-planning will make both selecting a venue and setting a budget much easier.
You Don’t think about Your Guests
Your friends and family might have travelled some distance and at much expense to be with you at your wedding, so make sure they are happy and comfortable. Provide transport to and from the ceremony and reception, and make sure their hotel rooms supplies basics like drinks and snacks. If your wedding is a weekend-long affair make sure there is enough to do to keep your guests busy so they don’t get bored.
You Buy Your Wedding Gown Before Choosing your Venue
Before booking your bridal appointments, make sure you know the theme of wedding you’re planning and where it will take place. Yes, you can wear whatever you want, but if you purchase a low-key gown and you end up booking somewhere more lavish you may wish you went bigger and bolder with your dress for the venue you’ve chosen.
You become a crash dieter.
Instead of dramatically reducing calories and abstaining from whole food groups the month before your wedding, think about a healthier eating plan six months before the big day so you slowly arrive at your ideal weight. You may want to look at an exercise plan with a Personal Trainer leading up to the big day, they can advise you on a healthy eating plan alongside your fitness programme so you don’t starve yourself silly!!
There’s a Time Gap between the Ceremony and Reception
If your ceremony and reception are at different venues, make sure you can reduce the in-between time, which may leave guests getting bored. If a large time gap is unavoidable, make sure they are entertained or have the option of being entertained by setting up a hospitality lounge, with drinks and snacks, at the hotel where they will be staying.
You Don’t do your Floral Research
Read up on flower costs, before you select your arrangements. The peonies you love may be costly if you are getting married when they are not in season, and lilacs, gardenias, lily of the valley and freesias may start to die or wilt in the hot summer sun. Don’t put strong smelling flowers like lilies on the table since they can overpower the food. If you must have heavily scented blooms, include them in your bouquet.
You and your Groom Forget to feed yourself.
Too many brides and grooms forget to feed themselves on the wedding day. It’s important to pre-arrange more than just nibbles for you and the bridal party — especially if you aren’t getting ready for your wedding in your own home. You’ll need something to eat so you’re not feeling light-headed or faint during the ceremony.
You Don’t think about small Hidden Costs
From last-minute seamstress charges to cash tips for deliveries, most brides total up hundreds in extra fees the week before the wedding. While it’s logical that some surprise charges will crop up, spend some time creating a list of possible “week of wedding” bills so you have extra funds ready for these eventualities.
You Don’t provide a meal for Your Suppliers
The last thing you want on your wedding day is a low-energy DJ or an exhausted photographer. Plan to provide a meal for those who will be working during the reception. This includes your wedding planner if you have one, photographer, videographer, and DJ or band, plus their assistants. Allow for the cost of their meals in your budget and consider it part of their fee.
LASTLY…You don’t spend time with your new husband/wife!
Make sure to find a bit of ‘you time’ on the day just for you and the groom. Many couples are so engrossed in making sure their guests are happy and greeting family etc. that they forget to enjoy being together on the most important day of their lives. Ask your photographer to plan some time for those special photos where you and your partner can have some more intimate shots, so you can be alone. Don’t worry if you are gone for an hour or so, your guests will understand you need a break to refresh and be ready for the rest of the wedding day and evening reception.
MOST IMPORTANTLY – ENJOY YOUR WEDDING DAY! BLINK AND YOU MISS IT!