Even the most organised couples can forget to handle important aspects of wedding planning or make some crucial wedding mistakes. So, what can you do to ensure your celebrations are filled with sparkle and not surprises? Make sure you remember to…
Include yourselves in final numbers
It’s all too easy to get carried away by the numbers you discuss the most – including the number of guests you’re inviting. But don’t forget who the day is all about… you! So, if your wedding planning involves 60 guests, your final number should be 62.
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Provide guests with practical information
You spent hours scrolling through stationery suites before selecting the prettiest design for your day, but your invitations need substance as well as style.
Make sure you include accommodation and transport information with your invitations. Leaving this out is one of the most common wedding planning mistakes and could leave you fielding calls for months to come from family and friends.
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Book your honeymoon in the right name
The name on your airline tickets must match the name in your passport, whether that’s your maiden or married name.
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Factor in the cost of alterations
Many wedding dresses are made to measure, but often they are customised further or fitted on arrival. Ask your boutique how much to budget for this and whether they can recommend a seamstress.
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Check what’s included in your venue hire
You could save yourselves hundreds of pounds in tea lights and table linen if this is already included in your hire package. All it takes is a quick read through the venue contract or a call to your wedding coordinator - this is one of the easiest wedding planning mistakes to avoid.
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Keep a timeline of wedding payments
Life is busy at the best of times, but when you’re wedding planning, you hit an all-time high. One of the essential wedding mistakes to avoid is missing vendor payments because you forgot they were due at different times.
Rest assured, help is at hand! Try an app like WeddingHappy, list all suppliers, costs and due dates in a spreadsheet or turn to a printed planner to keep track.
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Ask your wedding suppliers if they require meals
Your photographer, videographer and planner are going to be on their feet for hours. They don’t need a seat at a reception table, but a cooked meal will be very welcome.
Scout out photography spots
Some photographers will be familiar with your venue already, but if they’re travelling from further afield, it’s worth working out photo opportunities ahead of time. You could organise your engagement shoot at your venue or send your photographer a wish list.
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Plan your ride home
If your wedding venue doesn’t offer accommodation on site, how are you going to get from the dance floor to your honeymoon suite? Pre-booking transport is especially important if your venue is a country house or barn without a town close by.
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Budget for a contingency fund
Wedding planning is a huge task and more often than not comes with large expense too. But don’t fall so head over heels with certain flowers or styling that it stretches your budget to the max. Unforeseen costs pop up, however brilliant your wedding planning, so you need to keep money back to cover them.
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Find out who is responsible for packing up
Your venue team may gather your decorations and keep them somewhere safe for you to collect the next day, but if your venue is dry hire, it could well be that you’re responsible for getting your big day packed up and tidied away.
Often this will be the following morning, so why not offer guests a brunch to tempt them into lending a hand?
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Now you know you’re not making these wedding planning mistakes, ensure your big day is a breeze with these disasters to avoid on the day.