If this is your first time being involved with planning a wedding, you’re probably wondering how to avoid potential problems before they arrive. Well, we at Wedivite have the easy-to-fix mistakes brides make and the solutions for you! As a bride-to-be, you have a lot on your plate with planning, prepping and parties. So it’s no surprise that sometimes you’ll make mistakes. Whether you make these mistakes intentionally or not, they are often super easy to fix. To help get it right the first time, here are our top 10 easy-to-fix mistakes brides make.
Announcing Your Engagement Too Soon
Before you share the big news on social media, ensure that your inner circle knows about your engagement. The last thing you want is for anyone you truly care about to find out you’re engaged over Facebook.
Not Putting Yourself First
Before you start planning, ask yourself what is important to you for YOUR wedding? Create a list of priorities that is true to you and your fiancé. This will help you in setting a realistic budget and selecting the perfect venue. And if you find yourself getting overly stressed about things out of your control, stay calm during the wedding planning with these helpful tips.
Ruling Out a Wedding Planner Altogether
Wedding planners don’t need to be around for your entire wedding planning period. You can hire a planner for tough times. This might include the initial planning period to give you a basis of what to expect or maybe hire a planner for just the week before the wedding to help with small details and to put out fires.
Not Enough Time for Hair & Makeup
The last thing a bride needs to worry about on her wedding day is feeling rushed or late because of beauty appointments. Instead, over-allocate time for hair and makeup appointments! Read up on The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Hair & Makeup. Ensure that your day-of plan includes two to four hours to get ready and allow extra time between appointments. If you want advice from a wedding hair and makeup professional, read Wedivite’s interview for mastering your bridal look. Furthermore, not every bridal beauty appointment needs to be on the day of your wedding. See what bridal beauty appointments you should book before the wedding here.
Instead of drastically trying to ‘get skinny’ a few weeks before your wedding by cutting calories, instead adopt a healthy eating plan a year to six months before your big day. Remember that looking healthy is a lot sexier than being skinny. If you are struggling with body image issues, please reach out for help.
Buying Your Wedding Dress Before Picking A Venue
One of the biggest mistakes brides make is buying a wedding dress before picking a wedding venue. Your wedding dress and venue should complement each other so it would be helpful if you know where you’ll be getting married before deciding what to wear. It doesn’t matter if you’re choosing a beautiful, classic bridal look with a white dress or rocking an alternative wedding dress option…just pick something that is so “you” and something that you feel beautiful in.
Forgetting About The Bridal Party Gifts
From planning your bachelorette party to lending a helping hand for everything wedding-related, your bridal party goes above and beyond for you. So don’t forget to thank them with a special, handpicked gift. Whether it’s a robe that your bridesmaids can get ready in or a pendant necklace with their initials, your bridesmaids are sure to appreciate you thinking of them! View all of Wedivite’s recommended thank you gifts here. You don’t have to spend a fortune on bridesmaid proposal gifts or thank you gifts, just give them a little something to let them know how much you appreciate them.
Misjudge The Time Gap Between the Ceremony & Reception
There’s nothing worse than a long wait between your wedding ceremony and reception. If your ceremony and reception are at two different venues with a three-hour time gap, ensure that there is some form of entertainment like a cocktail hour or live music to keep guests entertained. Keep guests interacted during any time gaps and plan some activities for the kids during your reception (if you decide to invite children!)
Forgetting To Feed Your Vendors
Vendors need to remain energized throughout your wedding day, so don’t forget to feed them! Ensure that a meal for the wedding planner, photographer, DJ, the band, videographer and their assistants are included in your budget. Wedding etiquette is not a thing of the past!
Don’t Account for Hidden Costs
Hidden costs can be a nightmare if you don’t have a budget for it! From service fees to cleanup costs, these surprise costs need to be budgeted for so that you don’t get caught off guard. Get to know all hidden wedding costs in our blog post, ‘Beware Of Hidden Wedding Costs!‘