7 Wedding Planning Mistakes To Avoid

You may have been planning your wedding in the back of your mind ever since you were thirteen years old, but that doesn't mean you won't be susceptible to the same types of mistakes that plague every bride! Planning a wedding is a big job with lots of little details that need attention. No matter how organized you may be, it's easy to make mistakes. Here is a quick look at some of the common wedding planning mistakes brides make and how to avoid them.

MISTAKE #1 - Choosing Your Dress Before Choosing Your Venue
Their dresses are often the things that brides are most excited to plan, and it's not uncommon for brides to jump straight into choosing their dream wedding dresses before anything else. However, the style of dress that you will ultimately want will depend greatly on the venue you choose. If you're getting married on the beach, for example, you will probably want a light, flowing dress. If you get married in a beautiful cathedral, on the other hand, you will probably want a fancy gown. Beginning the search for your dream wedding dress may be tempting, but be sure you wait until after you have chosen the venue.

MISTAKE #2 - Choosing Your Venue Before Planning Your Guest List
We've established that you need to choose your venue before you choose your wedding dress, but choosing your venue is still not the first step to planning your wedding! Your very first step should be to start planning your guest list. You don't have to get it completely finalized right away, but thinking about it now will give you a rough count that you will be able to use when shopping venues. If it looks like you're going to end up with 200 guests, you don't want to get a venue that only accommodates 150!

MISTAKE #3 - Saving Your Hair & Makeup For Last
Even for experienced professionals, doing hair and makeup can sometimes take longer than anticipated. There's nothing worse than having to rush to finish your beautification process, so do yourself a favor and schedule your hair and makeup sessions in the middle of your bridesmaids' appointments. That way if one of your bridesmaids needs to switch to a simpler, quicker hairstyle at the last minute, they can.

MISTAKE #4 - Inviting Too Many People To Go Dress Shopping With You
It's no secret that dress shopping is one of the most exciting parts of wedding planning. Slipping into gown after gown is great fun, and there's no other feeling that can compare to finding your dream dress. However, don't make the mistake of inviting too many people to come on your shopping spree! Having a second opinion is helpful, but having too many opinions is overwhelming. Keep your entourage to your mom, your mother-in-law (if you're close to her), your maid of honor, and maybe one other bridesmaid.

MISTAKE #5 - Trying To Do It All By Yourself
You're a bride - not Wonder Woman! Every woman can attest to the fact that planning a wedding is a big job, and trying to do everything yourself can only result in you feeling overwhelmed, overworked, and stressed beyond belief. Don't be afraid to delegate some tasks to your maid of honor, bridesmaids, or your mom - or, if budget allows, hire a professional wedding planner to help take the weight off your shoulders!

MISTAKE #6 - Using Every Penny In Your Budget
Even with all the planning in the world, unexpected wedding costs are bound to come up. (See our earlier blog for a quick list of things you forgot to include in your wedding budget.) Because unexpected expenses are unavoidable, you can save yourself a great deal of stress down the road by purposefully leaving a few hundred dollars untouched. This way, you'll be able to pay for last-minute purchases without throwing a wrench in your entire budgeting plan.

MISTAKE #7- Not Leaving Time For Breakfast
Your wedding day is going to be one of the biggest days of your life. Even if you aren't typically a breakfast person, it's important to fuel your body for the big day ahead of you! Breakfast kickstarts your metabolism, boosts your energy, and will help you remain stable during all that lies ahead. On a similar note, don't forget to designate someone to be in charge of keeping plenty of water bottles on hand - you and your bridesmaids will need to stay hydrated!

What other common mistakes do you think brides make? Leave us a comment and let us know!

~ The WhereBridesGo.com Team
Post by Bailey Puppel, Internet Marketing Specialist

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Modern Wedding TECH-tiquette

As much as we might like to pretend otherwise, wedding etiquette is not as cut-and-dry as it used to be. Thanks to the increasing pervasiveness of social media and modern technology, wedding etiquette is being completely redefined to include social media. Here are a few key reminders for today's tech-savvy bride.

Tell Your Close Friends And Family Before Making Public Announcements
With the continued growth of social media, publicly announcing your engagement has never been easier. However, your parents, siblings, grandparents, and best friends will probably be incredibly hurt if they hear about your engagement announcement on Facebook just like everybody else - and rightly so. Keep the peace by telling your close friends and family before making your big announcement post.

Don't Overwhelm Your Friends' News Feeds
Pinterest, Loverly, and other planning sites can be hugely helpful to anyone planning a wedding, but we recommend that you don't allow these sites to post to Facebook automatically. If this permission is enabled, you may be inadvertently flooding your friends' news feeds every time you sit down to plan your wedding.

Another thing to keep in mind: rather than posting individual pictures or statuses along every step of the planning process, wait and post a status or album of pictures that covers several of your planning endeavors. This way, your friends will be excited to see what you've been up to - rather than getting overwhelmed by your constant updates. (The same goes for counting down to the big day - publish these posts sparingly!)

Keep Your Posts Positive
With social media constantly at our fingertips, many of us are tempted to post frequently so our friends can share in our excitement and offer sympathy for our troubles. Weddings are extremely emotional for everyone involved, though, and a post that presents your wedding in an even remotely negative light may result in undesired consequences.

Rather than venting your frustrations on Facebook or Twitter, you can keep things positive by addressing any issues in person with the other people involved. If necessary, remind your close friends and family members to keep these conversations private as well. Save social media for the happy topics.

Let Your Guests Know What To Expect
Recent surveys show that guests are extremely divided on what they believe to be proper etiquette when it comes to cell phone usage during weddings. Couples also differ greatly on their opinions regarding technology on their big days. Some brides and grooms encourage their guests to take and post pictures during the ceremony and reception, whereas other are horrified at the idea of their guests exposing their private moments. There is no right or wrong answer, but it's important to discuss your feelings with your groom and make sure you convey your wishes to your guests.

Have Fun!
Modern technology is awesome - as long as you don't fall victim to these technological faux pas, you will be able to use technology to help you plan (and celebrate) a truly spectacular wedding day.

If you need any other planning inspiration, don't forget to check out WhereBridesGo.com! We have all the bridal supplies and accessories you need to plan the wedding of your dreams.

~ The WhereBridesGo.com Team

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