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The 50 Mistakes Brides Always Make



You Overdo the Spray Tan

If you opt to spray tan, practice a couple times the month before your wedding. This will allow you to find the right formula, and adjust it, and gauge how long your tan will last. Also make sure your makeup artist is aware to ensure your foundation is consistent with the spray-tanned rest of you — you may even need to play with body bronzer to give you a seamless glow from head to toe.

You Only Have a Cash Bar

The bar bill amounts to one of the reception’s biggest expenses, so it’s understandable that not every couple can afford hours and hours of open-bar boozing. But there are many ways to save big without having to resort to a cash bar, including serving two signature cocktails, wine and beer, or asking your venue for a corkage option; this will allow you to keep unopened bottles which you can return, if allowed in your state.

You Don’t Schedule Maintenance Appointments With Your Jeweler

“It is very important to schedule maintenance appointments with your jeweler at least once a year to make sure the prongs are tight, the diamond isn’t loose and there are no hairline cracks in the shank,” says Foster. “All around maintenance is vital.”

You Ignore Your Brows

Some brides focus exclusively on their eye makeup, forgetting their face-framing brows. If you don’t regularly have yours shaped, find an aesthetician at least three months before your wedding so you can take several test runs with enough time for re-growth. Then schedule an appointment a week before your walk down the aisle to allow for post-waxing or threading redness to subside

You Put Your Ring Through Needless Wear and Tear

“A diamond is one of the world’s hardest natural materials,” explains Adelaide Polk-Bauman, a diamond expert with Forevermark, “but that doesn’t mean a cut and polished diamond cannot chip. Sometimes the table of a cut diamond can be susceptible to wear and tear. Be sure not to knock it against other hard materials.”

You Ignore Your Folks

Chances are, your parents are contributing some funds. That means they will want a say in the planning. Make a list of the no-compromise details you and your fiancé are unwilling to forgo on your wedding day. If parents are paying, that doesn’t give them the right to veto these decisions. But if money comes with the condition that mom and dad have final say, be prepared to lose those funds if your vision doesn’t fit theirs. Be proactive and prevent bruised egos by including moms in your planning from the get-go. Invite them to dress fittings, ask for their opinions on cake design, and take advantage of their talents — have them design a monogram or advise on the menu.

You Try to Cover Up Eyesores

It sounds counter-intuitive, but you may call more attention to that emergency exit if you try to hide it with tulle and large planters. Instead, decorate spaces you want guests to see, like the entrance to your venue, escort-card table, and bar.

You Forget About the Volume of the Music

While you’re rocking out to Rihanna, your guests may be struggling to speak to each other. “Make selections that appeal to everyone, and conduct a sound check before the guests arrive into the room,” says Greg Jenkins, founder of Bravo Productions. “If those who opt not to dance can’t carry on a conversation, then the music is too loud.”

You Can’t Let the Little Things Go

Many brides can count on at least one hand the details that did not go according to plan. The key is to let them happen and enjoy the day. “Once the venue is determined, the vendors have been selected, and the guest list is finalized it is important to remember that ultimately you are a host to massive celebration,” says Sarah True, owner and creative director of Madison, CT-based True Event. “If you can ask yourselves ‘did our guests have a great time?’ and the answer is ‘yes,’ then chances are you had a great wedding.”



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