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The 7 Most Common Wedding Planning Mistakes

A bride standing on a dock on the ocean wearing a light dress and holding her bouquet.

Wedding planning is many things. It’s exciting, all-encompassing (at times), and exhilarating. It can also be frustrating, emotional, and stressful. Thankfully, many before you have successfully done it and can offer their tried and true advice. Mistakes happen during this process, and even though everything at your wedding will work itself out, you likely want to avoid as many as you can. Here’s the most common wedding planning errors out there so that you can avoid them yourself as you plan the wedding of your dreams.

1. Sending Save the Dates too Early

You don’t want to jump the gun when it comes to sending your save the dates. Many couples get so excited about the prospect of planning their wedding and setting a date that they send them out impulsively. That may lead to sending them to people who, down the line, you realize you either don’t want to invite to your wedding or don’t have room in the guest list for. This can become incredibly awkward, so really take the time to hammer out your final guest list prior to sending the save the dates out to everyone you know.

2. Not Having a Backup Plan for an Outdoor Wedding

A bride and groom standing in the middle of a city street in the rain with a clear umbrella.

If any part of your wedding includes an outdoor event—the ceremony, the cocktail hour, the reception, or all three—have a plan for what to do if the weather takes a turn for the worst. Unfortunately, we can’t control the weather and sometimes, even when you’ve carefully planned to be outdoors, mother nature has other plans. Have a plan B that you’re happy with in order to avoid that last-minute panic if the forecast doesn’t look ideal. If a venue cannot offer you that backup plan, it might not be the right place to host your event.

3. Ordering Your Wedding Dress too Late

There are some things in the wedding planning process that you can safely choose to procrastinate a bit on, but shopping for a wedding gown is not one of them. Many wedding dresses take quite a bit of time to come in even after they’re ordered, and you also have to account for any necessary alterations after your dress does arrive. Order your wedding dress (or whatever you’re going to wear to your marriage ceremony!) with ample time to spare. If you don’t, you may end up limited in your options.

4. Not Using the Right Postage on Your Wedding Invitations

A rustic wedding invitation with deer on it and calligraphy.

Mailing your wedding invitations is such an exciting part of the planning process because it means you’re officially telling loved ones you want to share this special event with them. Invitations are also expensive, which means that you don’t want them to be sent back to you in the mail due to inadequate postage. To be safe, take your invitations to the post office to be measured and weighed for the correct postage amount before you purchase any postage and adhere it to the envelopes.

5. Hiring Friends as Your Wedding Vendors

Have you ever heard the saying “Don’t mix business with pleasure”? Many couples blur those lines when it comes to planning a wedding. While it can be tempting to hire a friend who can offer services during a wedding, it can sometimes get very tricky. You may feel strange telling the friend precisely what you want out of their services or you may have a hard time holding them accountable if things aren’t going according to plan. Your wedding should be everything you want and more, so stick to the professionals for this special event.

6. Skipping a Hair and Makeup Trial

A bride getting her makeup done as part of a trial before her wedding.

When you’re so busy planning a wedding and you’re already spending an abundance of money, it can be tempting to completely skip out on a hair and makeup trial. However, not having one is likely a mistake. The trial gives you a chance to evaluate the artists on their services. It also is the perfect time to settle on what your hair and makeup will look like on the day-of. You can give these vendors feedback and ensure they are exactly aware of your expectations prior to the event, which is very important to your final bridal look.

7. Getting Upset About the Small Stuff

There are so many decisions when it comes to planning a wedding with an abundance of details and many people and emotions involved. If you choose to get upset about every little thing that comes up or doesn’t go your way, much of your happiness during this special time will be diminished. Instead of doing that to yourself, make an effort to not sweat the small stuff and let some things just “go” as you plan this wonderful day.

Avoid these seven mistakes as you wedding plan to have the day of your dreams. Your wedding is sure to be a special day, made even more special when you take the advice of those who have come before you—and don’t repeat their mistakes.

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