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Top 10 Wedding Planning Mistakes

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Planning a wedding is a major undertaking. It's like the Super Bowl of events — a multi-day schedule, a dozen vendors, hundreds of guests. But most first-time brides are playing at the peewee level when it comes to planning of the event. 

Here are the major mistakes you don't want to make you're wedding planning — and how to sidestep each one.

1. Ignoring your budget.
Too many brides spend most of money before they've created a wedding budget — or worse, they don't think about it at all.  A bride who doesn't budget might blow all her money on a dress that's more than she can afford, or by booking a venue that takes up too much of what the couple wants to spend
Before you buy a single item or book even one vendor you should sit down with your partner and your families and figure out your budget.

2. Rushing into decisions.
Wedding planning is a swirl of exciting choices, but that excitement can often lead to impulsive decisions you may regret later.
So, slow down before you choose any pros, taking the time to weigh what you really need. Emotional and financial stress can be the unfortunate consequence of rushing into a decision hastily. 
To avoid suffering, do your research and look at these decisions with a clear mind.

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3. Hiring the wrong photographer.
You could be tempted to contract a photographer whose packages fit more to your budget than your aesthetic. Or perhaps you've been absolutely in love with a professional's portfolio of outdoor, natural-light photos—and continue to consider you're hosting an evening fete in a dimly lit ballroom. 
So instead of picking a photographer based on price or portfolio alone talk to your planner and ensure that you're choosing a photographer that will deliver the types of images you're expecting for what can afford.

4. Overthinking decisions.
Turns out you can rush or slowly saunter into a bad decision for your wedding. 
It's very easy to over-think things and be paralyzed by fear. But if you've done your due diligence and checked out references, then trust your gut and go for it. 
We suggest limiting yourself to choosing between three vendors for each wedding category. There's always going to be more than one good fit, but don't let the search go on for an eternity. The consequences can really kill your spirit, and take the joy out of the planning process.

5. Not leaving enough time for photos.
You may be ready to strike a pose, but if you don't work a photo session into your wedding-day timeline, you may not have time left to snap portraits. So before you figure out how you'll spend every wedding-day moment, ask your photographer how much time he or she needs for family portraits, wedding party portraits, and a first look, if you're doing one. 

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6. Allocating too much money toward your venue.
To all brides with big dreams on where they'll host their big days, a warning: If you spend too much on your venue, you may spend the rest of your engagement penny-pinching and back-pedaling. Spending more than your venue budget allows may lead to  getting a worse product or service, because of cheaper  vendors and suppliers.

7. Hiring a friend instead of a professional.
Your BFF has a bad-ass camera, so she can totally step in as your wedding photographer—right? Wrong. Your wedding is not the time for a friend to start her new cake business or the time for your cousin to launch his photography career. It's best for you—and your friendship—if you politely decline your friend's offer to pose as a pro. Hire professionals to avoid disappointment.

8. Getting professional planning advice after something's gone wrong.
It's not easy to fix wedding planning mistakes after they have been made.  Once contracts have been signed and deposits have been placed, it will be hard for a planner just to come in and save the day. Don't put yourself into a situation where you need a hero. If you hire planners in the very beginning, they are likely able to save you both time and money. Not only do they have the concepts already mastered, they also have the resources to be able to insure that you get the most bang for your buck.

9. Getting too attached to something.
If you've got your heart set on a specific flower or have picked your color palette before your venue, you can be disappointment. You might love peonies, but if you're getting married in September, they probably will be not your wedding flowers. Try to keep an open mind until you've at least locked the basics.


10. Not anticipating how much time wedding planning takes.
Wedding planning is intense. It can often take on a life of its own and impact your health, your relationships, and your job, not to mention your mood. You could lose work hours calling vendors  and social schedules to wedding-related meetings. Especially if you were already very busy before the planning process began. So be sure to schedule untouchable time for date nights, lunch breaks, and even a bubble bath—whatever will keep you calm and moving on.


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