Top 3 Mistakes To Avoid When Planning Your Wedding

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The truth of the matter is, juggling all the wedding details at once is no small feat. It’s overwhelming more often than not! You will be making so many decisions in the next few months and it all feels like a daunting task.

Probably the best advice that we can give you is, enjoy your engagement for a hot minute because things come at you fast. You’ll be flooded with everybody wanting to offer their two cents about the wedding. Your mom, his mom, your aunt, your mom’s best friend, and you all have different opinions about how you want your special day to be. 

Check out these top 3 wedding planning mistakes no one warns you about and that you want to avoid as much as possible:

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  1. Blowing Off Your Wedding Budget

The trick to planning this expensive event is research as much as you can online. That’s what the internet is for, right? Always compare, read reviews and decide which suppliers fit well in your budget. 

Planning a wedding is a serious business so establishing a firm budget is a must. We don’t mean to sound like a broken record, and we’ve said this before, money is a tricky subject. You need to have honest conversations with your partner, maybe Okanagan is more affordable than Vancouver in terms of the wedding venue. Or hiring a mobile bartender is something you want to have in your checklist. Talk about your non-negotiable items.

It’s important to list down all the specifics like what cocktails will be served at your reception, will you serve mocktails for those who don’t drink alcohol, whether you want to have drink bombs as wedding favours, or will it be a good idea to have a mobile bar where everyone can gather and have drinks all night long. Create a spreadsheet to keep track of your expenditures so you have all of your ducks in a row

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2. Hiring a Friend Instead of a Professional

Sometimes, assumptions get us into trouble. Your neighbour may have a talent at bartending, but that doesn’t mean he’ll make a great wedding bartender. Or cousin Mark sings well in corporate parties, but you’ll want your friends and family to fully enjoy your wedding day with you, too.

Even on a tight budget, we always recommend hiring talented professionals that understand your vision. Book wedding vendors with experience and positive reviews. Believe us when we say that, cutting corners when it comes to the professionals will likely get you poor results in return.

Trust the pros to get it right. As much as possible, give them creative license to do their job, and communicate properly if you want some changes. 

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3. Abstain from Other Life-Changing Decisions

You are going to have a lot going on before your big day. Aside from spending a big chunk of your savings into your wedding and making sure everything is hiccup-free, we’re pretty sure you’ve thought about moving houses or changing jobs at the same time. 

Just hold your horses. Use some of your free time to sneak a date night with your fiance instead of stressing over how expensive it is to live in British Columbia after your wedding. Refrain from purchasing a pet or moving to a different city, these decisions can wait. 

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We don’t mean to sound dramatic, but you can’t afford mistakes to happen during this process. Your wedding is a one-time thing, but let’s not forget to keep your stress at a minimum. Taking these valuable tips into consideration will save yourself the possible mishaps.

It’s exhilarating to think of having a flowing ball gown as your wedding dress, a five-tier cake, or the best venue in town—those are just secondary to having this moment as the happiest day of your life! 

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