- The mistake: Not doing your research
There is a lot that goes into planning your wedding day, and not doing enough research beforehand can cause some real issues. If you don’t do your research, you’ll be uninformed and you’ll likely make decisions that you regret later.
How to avoid it: Do as much research as possible before making any big decisions. Look into every potential venue and vendor thoroughly before booking so that you have all of the facts laid out in front of you. If you don’t know where to start, attend a bridal show to meet with vendors and learn more about each detail that you’ll need for your wedding. Once you find a few you like, read reviews not only on the vendor’s site, but also on Google, Facebook, and other social media outlets to get a true idea of the experience others have had. Most importantly, be sure to ask for concrete details of their previous work so you know exactly what you’re getting.
- The mistake: Not making room in your budget for the honeymoon
When you’re setting aside specific cash amounts for each aspect of your wedding, it’s common to forget to fit your honeymoon expenses. Most couples spend an average of about $5,000 on their honeymoon, which is a big chunk of change to forget about.
How to avoid it: Start thinking about your honeymoon destination, as well as the budget right after you pick a wedding date. Even if you don’t book right away, if you look into your options sooner rather than later, you’ll be able to set aside a budget just for that. If you’re worried about the costs adding up, consider a honeymoon that is all-inclusive like a cruise with Virgin Voyages, so that there are no hidden fees you didn’t think about. That way, you don’t have to save extra money for food and drinks while you’re on vacation because it’s all included!
- The mistake: Not booking a videographer
Most couples assume that having wedding photos will be more than enough, and since wedding videographers can be expensive, they try to save money by not having one. The fact of the matter is, while your wedding photos will be beautiful, they won’t replace a wedding video.
How to avoid it: The solution to this is pretty easy–make sure to book a wedding videographer to capture your big day. Having a wedding video is an absolute must, and you will regret not having one. There is no possible way to go back to the day of your wedding and re-capture all of those moments. It only happens once, so make sure to hire a videographer. A wedding video will make you feel like you’re reliving your wedding day over and over again, whenever you want, and that is truly a magical experience. You can watch the video on every anniversary to reminisce, and even show your future kids your video one day!
- The mistake: Skipping the trials
A common misconception is that you don’t need to attend all of the trials and tastings with every vendor if you’ve seen their work in person or on their social media. In fact, trials and tastings are crucial in order to make sure that everything falls into place the way you want it to for your ceremony and reception.
How to avoid it:
Set up trials and tastings with each of your vendors that offer them throughout the time leading up to your wedding. Even if you trust the work your hair and makeup stylist does, there are many reasons to set up a trial. You can show pictures of what you want, but until you see it on yourself, you’re not going to know if you really love it. The morning of your wedding is not the time to decide that you hate the updo or smokey eye they gave you, so set up a trial or two until you get it right. The same thing goes for food and cake tastings. You have a clear vision for what you want for your reception, so tasting the food that will be served is necessary to make sure it fits your wants and needs.
Comment below with any common wedding mistakes you can think of. And don’t forget to check out the other posts on our blog for more tips leading up to your wedding!