How to avoid these three big pitfalls in wedding planning!
- Help keep you calm under pressure. Whether that means helping you through writing your vows, giving advice on how to handle a meddling MIL or nosy aunt, or sewing you into your dress because a seam ripped - your wedding planner will be there for you.
- Give you advice... on EVERYTHING. Your wedding planner should be in YOUR corner. They should have your best interest at heart in every decision that's made - from picking the venue to when to cut the cake. They should help you find just the right vendors to help with your day. A great wedding planner has a network of suppliers, vendors, and creative pros who can do pretty much anything the wedding needs!
- Be the expert, manage the wedding. Your wedding planner should be the person in the room that manages the day, the vendors, the guests, the parents, the in-laws, the weather, the vendors' needs, the guests' needs... everything. Something isn't what was planned? Run for that wedding coordinator.
The mistakes! WHat they are, how to avoid them.
FIRST - Think about the budget, make it match the vision. We wrote a blog post HERE on how to think about budgeting for a wedding.
- You should sit down with each of the financial contributors. Ask them what their most important line items are. Does your mom love calligraphy? Are flowers super important to your fiancee? Make sure you take all the opinions under consideration when you're deciding how to spend the budget. The more you know about the desires of all of the interested parties, the less likely it is that you'll find yourself in conflict.
- Come up with a vision. Think about the guest experience (detailed below). Use our blog post to figure out what you should spend in each category.
- Do all of this budgeting BEFORE you connect with vendors, start dreaming, or start choosing.
- The budget pitfall is having a dream, and not having the budget to execute it. Before you raid Pinterest and get your heart set on orchids, make sure you have the budget set aside to have that vision.
- Your guests' expectations are pretty simple. They don't know what they didn't get... just what they did get!
- By following the first tip, and sitting down with everyone to get their opinions and desires up front, it will help you avoid stepping into a hornet's nest of emotion when you come across the items that are important to each person.
- Something's going to go wrong. I know... That's terrifying. But it will. Nothing's perfect... your wedding day won't be either. Knowing ahead of time that something is not going to go perfectly means that when it does - you won't freak out.
- Nobody knows what you planned. When you plan each part of the wedding, know that some things may not be completely as they are in your head. Nobody but you knows that. They just know the awesomeness that did happen!
- Think about guest experience when you make decisions and allocate budget. When you pick flowers, colors, linens, and even flatware. Consider how each element will affect that guest experience.
- If you spend your budget on items that don't further the goals, it's wasted budget.
- Think about each decision and make sure it is budget that goes towards furthering the experiential plan. Here's our take on being a guest at your own wedding.