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1. Spending More Then Your Budget
Before you start shopping for your wedding dress or search for a venue, it’s important for you and your fiancé to set a budget. The number one mistake couples make is blowing their budget or not even setting one to begin with. I know you’d much rather skip to the fun stuff as soon as you get engaged, but you’d be setting yourself up for disappointment and possibly debt. The last thing you want to do after returning from your honeymoon is having to pay off credit card loans. If you’ve underestimated some expenses, don’t panic! You may just have to give up an item or trade it in for a less expensive option. One important tip to consider while drawing up a budget is to include charges for overtime, gratuities, and car services from start to finish. It’s better to assume you’ll be paying more and end up paying less than your budget at the end of the night rather than spending more then you anticipated.
2. Not Getting a Contract
Having a paper or email copy of a contract from EVERY vendor will save you on the big day. Written contracts, not verbal, provide you with a legal document stating the expectations the individual or business must uphold to. If the golf course only set up 10 tables, it’s easier to go back to your contract and show them that you had requested 12, and for them to fix it rather than you running around trying to figure out how to get two extra tables and chairs. Having a contract can also save you from getting extra charges for set up and tare down and inform you of what counts as an upgrade.
3. Doing it All Yourself
While working on projects with your fiancé can save you money it will cost you time. There are plenty of benefits to DIY projects. Rather than doing everything you found on Pinterest try and choose your top two or three and then do some research to find a ready-made version of the others. With websites like Etsy and Amazon it shouldn’t be too hard to find that rustic ‘Welcome to the Wedding of’ decal. Buying that for less than $20 can keep you from breaking your DIY sign in half after painting crooked and not noticing until you’re half way done.
With all that said don’t save anything for the morning of. There is no such thing as a “little task” when it comes to planning a wedding. You don’t want to realize that you somehow are missing place cards for guests H through K the morning of. It’s better to get ahead on your wedding timeline. You’d be surprised by how many people demand your attention and how many miscommunications with vendors pop up the month of your wedding. The closer the wedding gets, the busier you’ll be, so sticking to your timeline is essential.
4. Doing Anything Before the Guest List
Your guest list determines most of the other elements of your wedding such as the venue, catering bill, ceremony seating, and party favors. You wouldn’t want to put a down payment with a catering company that charges extra for a reception with over 100 people, and you realize you have 150 guests. Another mistake couples make is to invite more than they are planning because they assume a percentage of them will RSVP “No”. This can create problems if the venue you already paid for isn’t able to hold the total number you invited. You won’t be able to guarantee how many guests will attend until you receive all the RSVP’s. Only when you get this number set should you begin deciding the other details.
5. Trying To Please Everyone