Planning a wedding is a big task and it isn’t often that couples plan a wedding without having a few mishaps happen. Sometimes they are big and sometimes they are small, but mistakes and errors do happen. To learn from and avoid the same errors that other couples have made, here are some common mistakes that couples often make when planning their weddings.
Making Plans Before the Budget
Starting the plans before they know their budget is probably the biggest mistake a couple can make when planning a wedding. No one wants to start their new life in debt, so it’s a great idea to get a handle on what you or your parents are going to spend on your wedding before you start the plans. Besides, you don’t want to spend too much on one part of your wedding and not have enough money for something else. Keep things simple and plan your budget before you start making plans.
Not Having a Weather Plan
Outdoor weddings are becoming more and more popular as a non-traditional alternative to the church ceremony. Even if your wedding is on a patio of your favorite restaurant or your reception venue, you should make sure that you have a back-up plan in case of unpleasant weather. No couple wants themselves or their guests sweating uncomfortably because of the intense sun and no shade. Work with your venue and your planner to make sure that you have a plan, or simply host your ceremony at the same indoor venue as your reception.
Too Much Party
Weddings are a great time, and everyone loves a good party, but a party that goes too long can turn a memorable event into a party that never ends. Research shows that most people are good with a party that lasts around five hours. A five hour window gives you enough time for any glitches, transitions from ceremony to reception and lots of time for fun and memories. For a guaranteed good time, keep your party at the perfect length.
Too Little Information
When you are providing information to vendors and guests, it’s better to error on the side of too much information rather than not enough. Send plenty of information in your invitations so that your guests know exactly where they are going and how to get there. Google maps and Siri can error on directions and locations, don’t let your guests rely on them to find your wedding location. The same advice goes for your vendors. Make sure that they know exactly where they are going and where things should be delivered, so that your cake, flowers and photographers arrive where they need to be, on time.
Contracts that Lack Detail
When you are working with vendors, the best policy is to make sure that the contracts they provide you have as much detail as possible. It is in your best interest to make sure that all the important details of foods, times, locations, colors, quantities and others are noted specifically in the contracts. This will ensure that you get exactly what you want, when you want it. If you don’t specify with vendors and put details in your contracts, you have no way to correct the problem or get your money back if something goes wrong.
Trying to Please Everyone
This is an impossible task, so don’t even try. Your wedding day is sure to have some stress, but don’t make it more stressful by trying to plan an event that makes everyone happy. When you are planning your wedding, start by making you, your groom and your families happy. Then do what you can to accommodate others’ needs. Go for easy wins like vegetarian meal options and a variety of desserts. Remember that the goal of your wedding is to have a great, memorable day. Focus on that, not on what might make everyone happy.
Sweating the Small Stuff
Things you should sweat during your wedding? A major medical emergency, a vendor that doesn’t show up, or a dress catastrophe are probably worth getting worked up about. What you shouldn’t worry about? Little kids on the dance floor during your first dance, flowers not set just perfect, bows that come untied. Your wedding isn’t going to be completely perfect, and there is sure to be something that isn’t quite right. If you can let the little things go, and try not to stress about things that aren’t major, you will enjoy your day so much more.
Wedding are a lot of work, and they come with problems, just like planning any other event. If you avoid the mistakes that other brides make, you can minimize the chance for stressful moments tarnishing your special day. The professionals at Olivia Restaurant can help you plan your dream wedding and work out each issue to ensure you don’t make these top mistakes; get in touch with us today and let us know how we can make your wedding day amazing.