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The 50 Mistakes Brides Always Make



You Overcomplicate Your Invites

Brides often stuff their invitations with hotel contacts and maps for their out-of-town guests. Save the paper and the hassle by sending a group email to out-of-towners, which can include information on hotels, restaurants, directions, points of interest and more. Guests can print the information if they choose, or simply pull it up on their smartphones when they arrive in town.

You Forget to Set Parental Boundaries

Most brides experience some conflict with her parents or future in-laws during the planning process. It’s not an easy conversation to have, but the earlier you discuss what’s bothering you — the better. Make time to talk to your mom or MIL in person, and open by thanking her for the nice things she has done for you. Follow with a frank explanation why her decisions or actions are causing problems. Take a firm tone — not an angry one. (Vent to a friend beforehand to let it out.)

You Skimp on Ring Insurance

“Insurance is necessary to protect your financial investment in the event that something gets lost, stolen or damaged,” explains jewelry designer Sylvie Levine. “It is also important to have your jewelry appraised every five years as the cost of diamonds and precious metals go up. If you were to lose something which was appraised 10 years ago, the insured value would be far less than the actual replacement cost.”

You Forget to Eat

Too many brides forget to feed themselves and the bridal party on the wedding day. It’s important to pre-arrange more than just nibbles for your entire crew — especially if you aren’t primping in your own home. You’ll want enough sustenance so you’re not feeling light-headed or faint during the ceremony.

You Don’t Match Your Bouquet to Your Dress

Heavy, awkward bouquets are impossible to clutch gracefully, and end up covering more of the dress than many brides would like. Bring a photo of your dress to your floral appointments so your florist can see what you will be wearing and match the shape and size of your bouquet correctly.

You Don’t Think Beyond “Per Head”

Couples often build their budget around a per head price, forgetting the extras — flowers, band, photographer — that aren’t included in most venue’s packages. These extras can often double the per head price, sending coupes way over-budget. Instead, think in terms of a fixed total and divvy each element by a percentage of that amount.

You Overdose on Hair Product

It’s tempting to load up on lotions, serums, and sprays, but greasy hair isn’t exactly an ideal look under your veil. Limit smoothing and anti-frizz products to a few drops and go easy on your roots. (Since it’s right near your scalp, that’s where hair is naturally greasiest.) On the night before your wedding, skip the intensive hair masks, and instead, shampoo your hair and condition only the ends. Your hair will much easier to style on your wedding day.

You Allow a Free-for-All With the Toasts

Some guests often misinterpret a “toast” to be a “speech” and they talk forever, cutting into a couple’s well-laid schedule. The best way to make sure you don’t lose valuable dance and party time is to pre-plan the toasts with your wedding planner or MC. That will ensure the microphone is somewhat controlled and not just anybody can get up and babble. This is also an important way to avoid “roasts” by inebriated guests who should know better.

You Don’t Account for Hidden Costs

From last-minute seamstress charges to cash tips for deliveries, most brides wrack up hundreds in extra fees the week before the wedding. While it’s logical that some surprise charges will crop up, spend some time creating a spreadsheet of anticipated week-of fees so you have the correct funds at your disposal.

You Don’t Consider Your Venue While Planning Your Décor

It is important to consider your reception space when designing table schemes, lounge areas and floral arrangements. If you have a large windows with a fabulous view, make that a central part of your décor. Don’t go crazy spending money on other things when the venue is already gorgeous.



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