I have spent most of my adult life working for brides from the very beginning of their wedding planning process right up to the end of the wedding night. There are weddings that have gone better than others, more seamless and with less fires to put out.However, there have been common Wedding Planning Mistakes that most couples, if not all, make. Dodging these mistakes will be a huge help in having a successful wedding night. Let’s go through the 11 most common mistakes and how to avoid them!


11. Not Envisioning the Type of Celebration That You Want

Before jumping into your wedding planning process and meeting vendors, take the time to envision your wedding night. Is it a black tie affair? Is it a Boho chic wedding that you want? This will help get the ball rolling and not many couples take the extra time to consider this first.

10. Not Doing Research Before Meeting Vendors

When going into a consultation you want to have a good idea of what you want from their services, how much those services generally cost, and the experience the vendor has in the industry. The less knowledge you have when going into a consultation, the more likely you are to be overwhelmed with information and pricing that are completely new to you. Do your research and you will do great!

9. Ruling Out a Wedding Planner All Together

A Wedding Planner is essential to a successful and relaxed wedding planning process – they put out fires before you even notice it. Having a day of coordinator by your side attending to all your needs and overlooking the seamless execution of the night, is worth every penny. This is an investment into your perfect day and if budget is a concern, some planners even offer hourly services.


8. There’s a Large Time Gap Between the Ceremony and Reception

If your ceremony and reception are at different venues, you should do your best to ensure your guests are not left with nothing to do between the two events. I once photographed a wedding where the ceremony ended at 12pm and the reception was not set to start until 5pm. With no program in between, guests were left puzzled. Avoid this by ensuring there is a location for guests to gather between where they can mingle and have a drink!

7. You Don’t Account for Hidden Costs

There are tons of week-of-fees that can rack up your budget just before the big day! Make sure to have a spreadsheet where you anticipate any sudden or last minute costs and include that in your budget!

6. You Limit Yourself When it Comes to Wedding Dresses

When planning my wedding I went in with the idea of wearing a princess style ballroom gown and because of that, I did not try any other styles! One of my biggest regrets was not stepping out of my comfort zone to try on different styles of gowns. Make sure to research various wedding dress styles and let your bridal consultant know that you want to see various types of gowns, necklines, sleeves, and so forth!

5. You Don’t Consider The Volume of the Music

This may seem like a small issue, but there are plenty of weddings where the music is either obnoxiously loud or too low to really enjoy. Speak to your singer, band, or DJ beforehand to ensure they do a thorough volume check before the reception begins.


4. “Hiring” A Friend Instead of a Pro

Even on a tight budget, you’re much better off paying a vendor with experience to take care of the biggies, like the music, photography, and the food. Although we may have passionate friends, this is your wedding day and no one but professionals should be trusted to provide the results that you want. Plus, don’t you want your friends to enjoy the night instead of working through it!?


3. Micromanaging Your Vendors

Be clear about what you want from your vendors, but keep in mind that these are are experienced professionals and they can forecast how the event will go. Offer your trust to your team of wedding vendors and this will produce a better result for all.


2. Doing it all yourself

I can relate to this one – I am a self declared control freak! My motto is in life has been ‘if you don’t do it yourself it won’t get done right’, so I know how you brides feel! This type of personality type will definitely take away from your ability to enjoy your day as you will be the only person for contact for all issues. Avoid this by delegating control to your Wedding Planner and a friend/family member who you can rely on.


1. You don’t let the little things go (enjoy your day!)

I chose this as the number 1 Wedding Mistake because everyone makes this mistake! We forget that this day is about love, laughter, and enjoying every moment of it. Once your wedding day has come, please let the little things go (one dead flower in your bouquet – get it resolved by your planner and move on)! This is your day. Let go, sit back, and relax!


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