Booking a Venue Before Creating a Guest List
- The last thing you want is to book a venue that only holds 75 people and then realize you will have 135 guests. Picking a venue seems like it should be your main priority but make sure you have made at least a rough guest list before booking.
Rushing to Pick Your Bridal Party
- Yes, your BFF is amazing and you couldn’t picture your big day without her by your side but don’t pop the question the moment he does. Too many times brides feel the need to pick their bridal party ASAP and then drama breaks out and they realize that they made a mistake. You don’t want to be put in a position where you have to pick a “back-up” bridesmaid. “Hey so this is totally random but do you want to be my bridesmaid? Unfortunately Allison won’t be able to make the cut!” No one wants to be a back-up and you don’t need that stress in your life. Take your time to figure out who is going to be the best fit and who WON’T ruin your big day. Make sure to pick your bridal party about eight months before the wedding. This way they have time to get their dresses and help you prepare for your big day!
Skimming Over Contracts
- Thanks to uncle Bob you’re now in the hole $200 because he broke his leg at your wedding and you get to pay his hospital bill. The worst part is you didn’t know that you were liable for your guests because you didn’t read your contract. This is just one example of why you should thoroughly READ your contract. Make sure you don’t get surprised by a vendor and that you clearly know what is expected of you and your guests.
Not Allotting Enough Time to Get Ready
- Keep in mind the size of your bridal party and how many people will require hair and makeup. This can take several hours. A typical photography timeline before the wedding will be about 3 hours and you will want an hour before the ceremony to just sit and rest. Work your way backwards on timing when building your timeline.
Not Including Yourself in Headcount
- After eating light all day so you could fit in your dress you’re probably ready to chow down at the reception. Make sure there is enough food for you and all of your guests by remembering to include yourself in the headcount. Not having enough food is going to put your guests on edge and the reception is reserved for celebrating. Make sure that’s not ruined by a small slip up!
Forgetting to feed the vendors
- Speaking of having enough food for your guests you also want to make sure to feed the vendors. Most vendors get to the venue as soon as it open and they will be the last ones to leave. That’s hours of hard work and it definitely works up an appetite. Make sure to get a headcount of the vendors that will be there and inform the caterer. Their meal requirements are probably in your contracts as well so be sure to review those!
- You want a great vendor team working hard for you on wedding day. First, you want to make sure you pick the right people to make your wedding happen and then you need to TRUST them. They know what they are doing and if you tell them how to do their job they may not give you the best results. Have faith that it will turn out beautifully!
Getting Marriage License the Day before
- The worst thing that could possibly happen on your wedding day is not having a marriage license. You want to make sure that the marriage is legal and by doing so you need to get a marriage license. Make sure to make a trip to the courthouse at least a week before the wedding. Anything could happen and you don’t want to find yourself in a bind. Take the safe route and get it done as soon as possible!
Letting Family Members Handle Clean-Up (Oooops that’s not ours!)
- You’ve driven away with the love of your life and now the family is ready to pack up and go. The only problem is they don’t know what they are allowed to take so they grab everything they see. The best way to avoid taking something that doesn’t belong to you is by letting the vendors clean up first. This way there is no mistake on what is yours. Another option might be to tag your items with an initial or name that way your family members know what to look for!
Excluding Thank-You Cards From Stationary Budget
- Stationary gets pretty expensive and the last thing you want to do is take all of your money that you received at the wedding and spend it on thank-you cards. Make sure to set aside a budget for envelopes, save-the-dates, invites, RSVPs, thank-you cards, etc. It will save you time and money!