Planning a wedding is fun, exiting, romantic and, unfortunately, a tiny bit stressful. Mistakes are part of the process when it comes to wedding planning, you’re bound to make one or two along the way, but it’s part of the road to getting hitched and starting new life so when you hit a bump in the road don’t panic! It will be worth it in the end. Of course it’s still good practice to be mindful of common wedding blunders so your journey to the aisle can be as smooth as possible.
1. Jumping in head first
This one is a rule of thumb for most things in life and yet the hardest mistake to avoid. We’ve all bitten off more than we can chew at some point in our lives, especially when we’re excited, and what’s more exciting than a wedding! The second the ring is on your finger your mind is magically filled with menu options, themes, colour schemes, playlists and venues but if your arm starts reaching for the cheque book before you’ve even set the date it’s time to take a deep breath and slow yourself down.
The first step in wedding planning may not be the most exciting but it is the most important; the guest list. You might have your heart set on a cosy Cotswolds B&B or a lavish Edinburgh manor but before you hand over a hefty deposit you need to make sure the venue suits the attendees, you don’t want your new in-laws to end up sitting on each other’s laps or bellowing to each other from across the room! Sit down with your fiancé and think about the tone you want for your big day so you can decide whether you’re sending out 30 invites or 300, then you can go venue shopping.
2. Sweating the small stuff
Weddings cost a lot of money so of course we want them to be the stand out event of the year but don’t lose sight of the bigger picture; your wedding is about committing to the one you love, not the dress, the accessories or the fish.
We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: weddings are stressful! When every detail of the day is being scrupulously planned of course you’re going to panic when you find out your cousin has chosen the same colour scheme for their wedding that’s conveniently a month before yours! Getting worked up over someone else’s wedding isn’t going to help so don’t get angry, get creative. Find unique ways to set your copied details apart, if your best friend’s bridesmaids are wearing the same dress as yours then jazz them up with accessories, if your centrepieces have been stolen add a few crafty touches and to help avoid the situation all together keep your wedding style secrets just that, secret.
3. Setting unrealistic expectations
Looking fabulous on your wedding day doesn’t mean dropping 2 stone in 2 months! Most of us (brides, grooms and even guests) use weddings as inspiration to make lifestyle changes, we make the ‘I do’ date our finish line and start hitting the gym and trying to slim. There’s nothing wrong with getting fit before a wedding as long as you keep your goals realistic, after all, why add to the stress? Buying a dress two sizes too small might seem like ideal inspiration but when you have 2 weeks to go and the zip won’t fasten you’re in for some pricey alterations. Losing weight at a slow, steady and healthy pace is the way to go if you want to keep your wedding body long after the honeymoon, and don’t forget - your fiancé loves you just the way you are.
Whatever happens in the run up to your wedding remember one thing: it’s going to be the best day of your life.
Emma Smith has been an avid wedding blogger ever since getting married 2 years ago and she couldn’t have done it without the help of Event Décor, their beautiful accessories and adornments made all the difference to the big day!