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The 50 Mistakes Brides Always Make




You Misplace Your Engagement Ring

When in a public restroom, resist the temptation to remove your engagement ring while you’re washing your hands. The possibility that you might leave it on the ledge of the sink, or, worse, drop it down the drain, is too great a risk to take.

 

You Skimp on Wedding-Party Gifts

It’s important to thank your attendants with a tangible gift to show your appreciation. Sit down with your fiancé and consider what you’ve been asking financially of your wedding party. Many spend upwards of $1,000 on flights, attire and hotels. You’re certainly not required to match what they’ve spent, but the amount should convey a sincere gratitude for how much time, effort, and money they have put into your wedding. As a rule of thumb, something between $75 and $150 should suffice.

You Don’t Feed Your Vendors

The last thing you want on your wedding day is a low-energy DJ or an exhausted photographer. So plan on feeding any hired hands who will be working during the reception. This includes your wedding planner, photographer, videographer, and DJ or band, plus their assistants (but not your florist or the ceremony musicians). Work their meals into your budget and consider it part of their fee. (Many vendors stipulated in the contract that the couple is to provide a meal.)

 

You Mistreat Single Friends

Sure, weddings are a great place to meet people, but don’t throw all your single friends haphazardly at one table. Instead, seat people based on their shared interests, not marital status. Go through your guest list and draw parallels — connect guests with similar hobbies, jobs, or interests. And try to make everyone feel comfortable by offering a mix of familiar and new faces at each table.

 

You Don’t Say “Hello” to Everyone

These days, most couples forgo the formal post-ceremony receiving line. Instead, make it a point to circulate among the reception tables after dinner. If you’ve got a large guest list, schedule the table greetings into the day-of timeline and make an effort to find something sincere and personal to say to each guest. Another idea is to hand-deliver your wedding favors as you make your table rounds — it’s the perfect way to catch everyone. Just make sure to keep moving and don’t get held up at one table for too long.




 

You Send Thank-You Notes Late

Let’s set the record straight: You do not have a year to mail your thank-you cards. Instead, for gifts received during the engagement party and shower, send a thank you within two to three weeks of the festivities; for gifts sent before the wedding date, send a card as soon as possible but definitely before the wedding; for gifts given on the wedding day itself, mail a thank-you note within three months; and for gifts received after your wedding, send one within two to three weeks.

 

You Put Your Bridal Bling in Harms Way

“Remove your ring when cleaning or touching harsh chemicals,” says LA-based jeweler Susan Foster of Susan Foster Jewelry. “Bleach and other cleaning agents can dull the finish of a ring and actually harm porous colored gemstones like emeralds.”

 

You Elope Without Thinking It Through

Thinking of running away to Europe to tie the knot? Don’t forget to swing by your local city hall first. “Make sure you check off everything on the legal to-do list,” says Lindsey Nickel, founder of Events, Etc. “Remember, you still need an officiant and a witness to be legally married in the U.S. And many countries have different residency requirements in order to be married there (officially), so don’t forget to get your marriage certificate at home before you jet off.”

 

Then You Downplay Your Elopement…

Just because you’re eloping doesn’t mean that the day isn’t special — it’s still your wedding and there is reason to be excited and celebrate. “Don’t forget to indulge in the bridal aspects of your day,” says Nickel. “Get a special dress and a bouquet and perhaps even set up a table, complete with your dream centerpiece and a bottle of champagne for dinner for two.” When you return home, announce your elopement to family and close friends.

 

You Set Predictable Tables

Chances are you and your guests have attended countless weddings with uniform, round tables topped by a single floral arrangement. Add some personality by changing it up. “The room looks more interesting when each table is different,” says San Francisco-based Studio Choo’s Alethea Harampolis. Try experimenting with table shape, alternating round, square and rectangular tables. Then mix larger vases with small groupings of greenery or bud vases with a single bloom.




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