Will You Make One of These Six Wedding Planning Mistakes? By: Laura Taylor Planning your wedding is one of the most important, most stressful things you will ever do. In fact, you will probably make a few wedding mistakes in the process, but as long as your biggest mistake isn’t marrying the wrong guy, you should be fine. However, you still want your wedding to go off without a hitch, which means you need to make sure you don’t commit these six wedding planning mistakes. Wedding Planning Mistake 1: Choosing Your Bridal Party Too Early You love your girlfriends, but asking 10 off them to be in your wedding the night you get engaged and make all your announcement phone calls is a terrible idea. For one, if the wedding is in the distant future, you may change your mind about who you want in the wedding. Another reason is that upon creating your wedding planning budget, you may realize you simply don’t have the funds to buy bouquets and bridesmaids gifts for 10 of your best friends. Wait a while before you ask the girls to be in the wedding. Wedding Planning Mistake 2: Shopping Online for a Wedding Dress It’s totally fine to look online for wedding dresses you love, but you shouldn’t order one online. Your wedding dress is one of the most expensive ensembles you will ever purchase, and you should never buy it without trying it on first. Stick to internet browsing and create a look book for all your internet finds. Then find those dresses at bridal salons, try them on, and then make your decision. Wedding Planning Mistake 3: DIY With so much information online, and websites such as pinterest.com to make you feel inspired and very crafty, it is easy to think you can do it all yourself. However, don’t. You should never try to do everything yourself when planning your wedding. Hire a professional, enlist help from friends and family, or just pay someone else to do it for you sometimes. Doing it all yourself takes the fun right out of wedding planning, and it makes you a little crazy. Bridezilla, anyone? Wedding Planning Mistake 4: Asking a Friend to Photograph Your Big Day All right, so Joe, you future husband’s old college roommate has an expensive camera and enjoys photography. That doesn’t mean you should ask him to photograph your wedding to save a few dollars on a professional. Your wedding pictures are one of the most important things you have after your wedding, and someone who isn’t a professional may not deliver the quality photos you so deserve. Don’t end up heartbroken with shattered memories and subpar photos; hire the professional. Wedding Planning Mistake 5: Cash Bar There really is no other way to explain that this is always a bad idea. You invite your friends out to celebrate your love for one another by making them buy their own drinks? It’s tacky and it does not work with common wedding etiquette. If you can’t afford to pay for drinks all night for everyone, limit the bar to one signature cocktail, wine, and beer. Your guests will all find something they can drink, and your wallet won’t be left empty. Wedding Planning Mistake 6: Not Registering It doesn’t matter if you’ve been living together for 10 years and have everything you’ve ever wanted, you need to register. When you leave guests without a suggestion as to what to give you on your big day, you open yourself up to potential disaster. Do you really want to spend the week after your honeymoon trying to figure out what to do with sixteen sets of pots and pans? You don’t have to go all out, just register for a few things to keep your guests from going crazy. Your wedding day is special, and you need to remember that it won’t be perfect. You can avoid making these common wedding planning mistakes, but you can’t avoid small disasters and imperfections on your big day. The most important thing to remember is that it is who you are marrying and the life you are creating together that matters; not the color of your flowers or the small speck of lipstick you accidentally got on the hem of your dress.
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