Avoid these 9 mistakes when planning your wedding
Organising your big day so that it goes without a hitch takes a lot of planning. Unless you are very experienced in organising weddings there are a lot of mistakes you could make along the way. Here is our selection of the 9 mistakes to avoid when planning your wedding and how to avoid them:
1 Buying a wedding dress that is too small
You will not be the first bride who has been tempted to buy your wedding dress just that little bit too small in the hope that you will slim into it. Clearly, this is a risky thing to do. Keeping fit and remaining healthy is sensible, of course, but committing yourself to actually losing weight in the busy and stressful time leading up to your wedding day could easily be a recipe for disaster.
2 Making choices based on price alone
Weddings can be very expensive! If your budget is tight, you may be tempted by offers that ‘appear’ cheap, without looking at the quality. If that offer looks too good to be true, it probably is. So, whether it is the Petit fours, the caterers, the photographer or the band, bear in mind that you often get what you pay for. So, do spend a little time making sure that the bargain you found really does offer value for money.
3 Not setting a budget
Wedding costs can spiral out of control if not kept under tight control. So, it is crucial that you plan your wedding based on the amount of money that you have available. If you have not done so, calculate exactly how much money you have to play with, and once you have decided on a budget, stick to it!
4 Booking a venue before deciding how many people are going to come to the wedding
You would be surprised how many people have a wedding venue in mind long before they ever get married. That wedding venue might be everything you’ve ever wanted but you don’t have enough guests to fill the venue or, even worse, all of your guests won’t fit then you’re in trouble!
5 Not having a video of your wedding
Your big day passes so quickly and you are so busy meeting and greeting guests that there will be lots you will miss. While your photographer will probably have captured those important moments, video captures the atmosphere of your day and those spontaneous moments that even the best photographer can miss;
6 Not being prepared for the British weather
Have you decided what you are going to do if it looks like the weather might spoil your big day? Savvy couples know that the British weather is notoriously unreliable. If some of your wedding arrangements take place outdoors, you will need to have plans in place to use an indoor alternative. This means that if the worst does happen you have a backup plan;
7 Picking the ‘wrong day’
Getting the day right is harder than you might think. Picking a weekday means that guests will have to take the day off work (perhaps unpaid) which simply adds to their expenses. Pick a Sunday and it’s unlikely that your wedding party will carry on into the wee small hours if there’s work the next day. However, bear in mind that it may be impossible to pick a day that suits everyone;
8 Talking about your wedding
It is your big day and you really want to tell everyone ALL about it. Don’t! Telling everyone what’s going to happen on your big day will spoil the anticipation and surprise. There Is nothing wrong with talking about your wedding in general terms but try to keep some of the mystery under wraps until the big day, if you can;
9 Neglecting to arrange wedding insurance
Wedding insurance can be seen as an additional and unnecessary expense. Many people don’t want to start worrying about all the things that ‘might’ go wrong. However, from wedding venues going out of business to wedding cars not turning up on the day there are a lot of things that can and do go wrong on occasions. If the worst does happen wedding insurance softens the blow and means that if things do go wrong, you will be compensated;