Hello and welcome back! With the Holidays just around the corner, there will be plenty of couples getting engaged over the next few months.
Today I list what I feel are the 7 most common mistakes couples make when planning their wedding that can end up costing them more than they bargained for.
Many brides and maybe even some grooms, have probably dreamed of their wedding day even before they met their current partner. So, it’s easy to maybe jump right into wedding planning mode the minute you get engaged! Whoa….slow down. I know this is an exciting time, but take a few minutes and breath.
I know you may have been planning for this day for years, but now is not the time to start rushing and booking everything the first week!
Here are a few tips to help you get the wedding of your dreams, without breaking the bank.
1. Know your Budget
I have said this so many times, but it cannot be said enough. You need to create a budget. I have worked with too many couples who underestimate what things cost and they end up going over what they wanted to spend. Be sure to sit down with your partner, your parents (if they are helping financially) and talk about what you can afford and what is most important and where you are willing to be flexible.
Remember, you don’t want to break the bank or put everything on a credit card, this is not a good way to start your married life. You don’t want to start off with a huge debt, it’s just not a good idea.
2. Spending too Much on the Wedding Dress
“But its’ my dream dress”…I know, this is the one day that you want to look your very best for your partner. You can do this, just be sure you know how much you are willing to spend and stick to it.
Be sure to allow for the extras that go with the dress like; the veil, alterations, special undergarments, accessories and possible shipping costs.
Let’s face it, florals are beautiful and add so much to the look of the space. However, it is so easy to go overboard. Be sure to talk with a professional florist, know what flowers are in season at the time of your wedding, this is one way to save. Be creative, you don’t have to have a floral center piece at all the tables. Be sure to find out which flowers are more affordable and see how you can incorporate them into your vision.
4. Don’t Underestimate the cost of the Venue
Many couples are opting for outdoor venues, which are beautiful, but many couples seem to think that because it is outdoors it is cheaper. Not true, outdoor venues can be just as much, if not more than some indoor venues. Be sure to do your homework. Some venues offer “all inclusive” packages, but keep in mind, that there are still other expenses you will have. Make sure to ask questions and get everything in writing before you put a deposit on any venue.
5. Read your Contracts
The vendors you hire should all provide a contract which list the services being provided with a clear cost for those services. Be sure to read all contracts carefully before putting down the deposit and signing. Many contracts will have a clause for extra’s that you thought were part of the pricing, ask questions and be clear on what the price includes and what the extra charges are for other services; staff, travel, etc.
6. Hire Professionals
This should actually be listed on the top 2, but so many couples think that by hiring their friend or family member it will save them money. I can’t tell you how many times this ends up costing them more in the end. First, you should be working with a professional Wedding Planner or Coordinator (hi there…I am one). A professional planner is going to help you find the right vendors, look over the contracts and guide you with your budget. Also, professional vendors do this for a living, it’s not a hobby, so they are licensed and insured. They will be able to guide you in the decision making because they do this for a living. Also, they are going to have quality equipment and trained staff.
7. Know your Priorities
I understand that everything about your wedding day is important, but really sit and talk about what are the Most important must haves for you. Sit down and make a list of what is a must and what you are okay compromising on.
If the food is the most important, then be sure to allow more for that in your budget. If it is the DJ or Photographer, then you know you are okay with spending a bit more in those areas. Whatever it is, be sure to discuss these things before starting the planning process.
The most important thing I want to leave you with is this; enjoy your engagement time, take time away from planning and just spend time together. Most of all…enjoy your wedding day and have fun!
As a Planner, I want to offer couples as much help as I can during the wedding planning process, because I understand how overwhelming it can be.
I go over more wedding planning suggestions and relationship topics on my Podcast; From the Ring to Everything, where I discuss everything from the engagement thru that first year of marriage. You can find it on ITunes, Spotify, Stitcher and iHeart Radio. Be sure to subscribe to the show!
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Until next time, Happy Planning…
Maria has been helping couples plan for their perfect day for over 10 years. She is bi-lingual and travels all over California and Mexico.