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10 Wedding Planning Myths... DEBUNKED! (Part 2)

Hopefully, you found last week's first 5 wedding planning tips concerning 10 common wedding myths helpful. This week is debunking the other half of the list for you.   

6. If you were a bridesmaid in her wedding, you must ask her to be one in yours.
We totally understand the urge to reciprocate a friend's invitation if you were a bridesmaid in her wedding, but if it means having more bridesmaids than you planned to or leaving out another friend you feel closer to, know that you don't have to do it. The people that you choose to stand up at your wedding with you is a personal choice, and it should never be a forced decision out of obligation or guilt. 

7. There has to be the same number of groomsmen as bridesmaids.
Sure, this makes the photos look more symmetrical, but other than that, there's really no reason to match the number of bridesmaids and groomsmen. You should have your dearest friends or family up there because you want them beside you when you say, "I do," not because you were trying to fill a hole in your lineup. If you're worried about the pictures, a creative photographer will be able to make everything look great, no matter how many people are in the picture.  

8. DIY will save you money. 

If you're extremely crafty and have access to a lot of materials for free or extremely cheap, then this could be true. On the other hand, if not, it can be a lot less expensive to hire professionals or buy wedding accessories online. If you make too many mistakes, it can get pricey to keep re-doing your projects, plus DIY takes a lot of time, which can cause extra stress. 

Do it yourself if you like, but just be aware of your own limitations and don't expect to replicate the beauty you saw on Pinterest if the project is brand new to you. has many beautiful DIY projects that have some of the work already done for you so you can have the look with less work on your part.  

9. Using friends in place of professional vendors will save money. 

Unless your friend is a professional wedding vendor, this could be dangerous ground. Sure, you may get some work done for free, but it most likely will not be up to the quality that you are desiring for your wedding day. Also, they may get distracted having fun at the reception and forget to do what they've promised to. Let your friends enjoy your special day alongside you and hire professionals to do the important tasks like taking photographs, catering, etc... When it's a job they've been hired to do, you know that it will get done right. 

10. You must give your guests a dinner choice.

It is nice if you are able to offer a wide variety of dishes to try to please everyone, but let's face it, it's impossible to really make everyone happy. Also, if you are trying to stick to a strict budget, this may very well not be possible. Only offer what you can afford, and choose foods that you love. (This is your wedding, after all.) If you are worried about anyone being unhappy with your choice of dinner, make sure that all of your guests are aware of what is being served before the wedding day. That way, if they don't like what you're serving, they'll know to eat before they come.   

In case you missed it last week, be sure to check out Part 1 of 10 Wedding Planning Myths... DEBUNKED! Knowing that you don't have to do things "their way" but are free to do everything your own way can relieve a lot of wedding planning stress. Another way to stay as stress-free as possible is to let help you put on the perfect wedding. There, you'll find nearly every gorgeous thing that you need for an amazing ceremony and reception. 

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Post by Deanna Powell, Certified Bridal Consultant

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