With all the bliss and enjoyment rushing after the engagement, it is common for couples to make some mistakes when planning their wedding. Worry not, simple awareness of these will definitely help you to make your wedding day a beautiful experience. Below are some of the common mistakes that you should avoid.
Not Planning an “Unplugged” Ceremony
It might not look good if the wedding ceremony is being posted live on Instagram or Facebook while it happens. In fact, the best way to conduct a wedding is the unplugged way. This not only helps to ensure that all your family members, relatives, and friends are present in your decisive moment, but also makes sure that the attention is not deviated from ceremony and everyone enjoys it to the fullest. Even better if you inform all your guests of the unplugged ceremony and let only the photographer do all the filming.
Allowing Someone Else to Choose your Guest List
Your wedding day is a special moment as you and your partner commit your lives to each other. So you should be the one who gets to decide the people with whom you want to share those special moments. This is a one-time incident in your life. Therefore, you should stand up to decide who should be with you on your decisive day. Do not let someone else determine your guest list because your wedding planning is your priority.
Assuming a Certain Number of Guests Will RSVP “No”
There is a general assumption that about 20 to 25% of those you invited would RSVP “No” to local weddings and around 30 to 50% would say “No” to a destination wedding. Note that these are just statistics. It can never give you a realistic value of how many people would turn up for your wedding. So, if your venue can accommodate only a certain number of guests, make sure that you invite guests accordingly. In other words, you should keep the number within the acceptable limit.
Not Ensuring the Legal Procedures
One of the most important things to include in your wedding planning is to make sure that that the legal proceedings are successfully carried out. It is better to make a checklist of all the documents that need to be filed. Firstly, check your local laws and file for your marriage license before the window closes. Moreover, ensure that you your officiant is legally ordained. It is even a good idea to get the marriage license signed by the officiant and witnesses right after the ceremony. In short, triple check all the legal matters well before the wedding day to ensure that there are no hiccups.
Not Having Weather Backup Plans
A weather backlash is definitely the worst thing that could happen on your wedding day, but it is essential to be prepared for it. If you were planning an outdoor wedding ceremony, go for venues with both indoor and outdoor spaces, and inquire if the indoor space would be free in case the weather turns unfavorable. If that is not possible, keep a few tents and other support structures ready at the venue. Even if it were a sunny day, you need to ensure that your guests are comfortably seated under the scorching sun. So a renting a tent for the day is always helpful.
Not Getting Friendly with your Photographer before your Wedding
Remember that you will be spending the entire wedding day in front of your wedding photographer. This means that you and your partner will have to get comfortable with him clicking away at your activities throughout the day. So it would be sensible to get acquainted with the photographer before your big day. There is no better time to do it than during your engagement. This will give you much time and space to discuss ideas with each other and get some of the best photographs for the wedding album.
Experimenting with a New Look Just before your Wedding
It is probably not a good idea to try a new hairdo or a makeover just before your wedding day. It is recommended that you take at least a couple of week’s time to try new styles. This will help you to understand which style works the best for you, besides giving you ample time to prepare for the wedding day.
Spending Too Much on your Wedding Dress
It is true that your wedding dress is the most important part of the whole wedding. However, there are many other things, which you need to consider too, such as the jewelry, shoes, professional makeup, reception dress for the night’s dance, and lingerie. Remember to include all these in your list of things to buy before you go out and spend a huge amount of money on the wedding dress.
Including Traditions Just for the Sake of it
Wedding traditions have been handed down through generations. However, it does not mean you must follow the traditions, if you are not comfortable with them. Remember, it is your day – you do not have to do anything for the sake of pleasing others. Instead, the key thing to think about while planning the wedding ceremony is that it should represent you as a couple. The rest can be ignored.