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The 50 Mistakes Brides Always Make


  • Any bride who has spent even just one afternoon wedding planning likely regrets skipping Excel classes. With dozens of decisions, both big and small, on your horizon, creating a fine-tuned budget, well-planned timeline, and paying extreme attention to detail are key. And since this is likely your first time organizing such a large scale event, it’s easier than you’d think to fall prey to the pitfalls of wedding planning.
  • So where should you begin so that your planning starts on solid footing? “Once your budget is established, you can make smart decisions on hiring the right team of vendors that work best with your personalities and will execute your vision for the day,” says Sarah True, owner and creative director of Madison, CT-based True Event. “By having these discussions early, it will set the tone for the overall planning and result in less stress as you go through the process.”
  • Still, even the most vigilant bride can be steered off-course. As you pore over Pinterest, try on gowns, sniff flowers, choose invitation suites, sample cake selections, scout venues and book your honeymoon, refer to this list of the 50 major mistakes brides seem to make while planning their wedding courtesy of expert planners and vendors.
  • From mistreating your wedding jewelry to overdoing it on beauty products or failing to approximate the right budget, read on to find out the most common wedding planning errors brides-to-be make.

You Don’t Put Yourself First



Before tapping into Pinterest, buying magazines or bookmarking blogs, take time to think about the type of celebration you want. Do you envision a black tie evening affair, or a more casual daytime party? “List your priorities out,” says Mary Thornton, owner and event planner at Party Party in Fairfield, CT. “What is most important to you? Are you a foodie or is music your thing?” This kind of pre-planning will make both selecting a venue and setting a budget much easier.


You Don’t Consider Your Guests

Your friends and family will likely travel and at considerable expense to attend your wedding, so make sure they are comfortable. Provide transportation to and from the ceremony and reception, and stock their hotel rooms with basics like drinks and snacks. If your wedding is a weekend-long destination affair, arrange group activities both the night before the wedding and the morning of, time permitting.


You Buy Your Gown Before Choosing the Venue

Before booking your bridal salon appointments, make sure you know the type of wedding you’re planning and where. “Yes, you can wear whatever you want,” says Ashley Douglass, owner and creative director, Ashley Douglass Events, “but if you purchase a low-key gown and you end up booking The Plaza, you may wish you went bigger and bolder with the venue in mind.”


You’re Too Strict With Social Media

Chances are your guests will understand if you ask them to avoid taking pictures during your ceremony or posting anything until after it’s over. They likely won’t be on board with your limiting their sharing the festivities on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on the days preceding and following your wedding.


You Rule Out a Wedding Planner Altogether

The most stressful planning period? The week before the big day. That’s when handfuls of unforeseen details arise, leaving some brides sorting out spreadsheets instead of connecting with friends and family. Avoid this by hiring a “week of” or even “day of” planner. He or she will handle last-minute vendor meetings and put out fires so you don’t have to. If budget is a concern, some planners even offer hourly services.


You Include Your Registry Info on Your Invites

It may sound old fashioned, but word of mouth is still the best way to loop everyone in on your registry. Make sure that those closest to you (your parents, his parents, the wedding party) have your registry details handy because they will likely receive phone calls and emails from inquiring guests. Another way to easily share registry details is via a wedding website with a distinct URL.

You Announce Your Engagement Too Soon

Remember to share the big news with your inner circle before updating your status on social media. Tell your family and closest friends first, preferably in person, or if they’re long-distance, by phone or Skype (so they see the ring!). Then change your Facebook status. And after the outpouring of congrats, be sure to post a quick thank-you to the well-wishers.


You Fall Victim to Crash Dieting

Instead of drastically reducing calories and abstaining from whole food groups the month before your wedding, adopt a healthier eating plan six months before the big day so you slowly arrive at your ideal weight.


There’s a Large Time Gap Between the Ceremony and Reception

If your ceremony and reception are at different venues, do your best to minimize the in-between time, which may leave guests with nothing to do. If a large time gap is inevitable, make sure they are entertained or have the option of being entertained by planning an outing or setting up a hospitality lounge, with drinks and snacks, at the hotel where they will be staying.


You Feel Obligated to Rock an Updo

Never worn an updo a day in your life? You don’t have to start on your wedding day. Wear your hair in whatever style makes you feel prettiest. If that means an updo, great. If you’d prefer an intricate fishtail braid you found on Pinterest, go for it. If it’s simple waves, let your hair down.

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