Common Planning Mistakes
Common Planning Mistakes
Planning a wedding is a huge deal – it’s almost a full-time job and one that you have to do when you already have a full-time job! There are some mistakes that many couples make when they’re planning and so here they are – read on and try to avoid them!
Not setting a budget
The idea of setting limits and a budget for a wedding seems wrong, but it has to be done. Feelings are feelings, but money isn’t quite so flexible! You should start off by setting your budget according to your combined income, savings and any contributions from family. Take your time to research vendors and celebrants and get as many quotes as you can. You also need to be strict with numbers as this is a huge factor in your costs – it’s also a good way to control the budget! Be open with your vendors about your budget and track everything on a spreadsheet.
Thinking a marquee is cheap
It’s not just a big tent! A marquee involves a lot of work – delivery, installation, power, cooling, heating, lighting and plumbing, not to mention bums on seats! Your hire will include the installation and the teardown, which takes time. You could buy your own and get some willing chums to do the work, then sell the marquee later, but you’ll soon understand why many couples hire professionals to do it!
Not preparing for wet weather
Many weddings are organised and timed to the smallest detail – the details you can control, that is… One thing you can’t control is the weather; you can only control your response to it. Make sure your guests have somewhere to shelter if it’s chilly or wet and provide wellington boots and umbrellas if your wedding is in the rainy season. These provisions will affect your budget, too.
Trying to keep everyone happy
You can’t keep everyone happy, so as long as you’re not planning anything too outlandish, just do your own thing and everyone should accept this.
Forgetting the videographer
Lots of couples think that a photographer and a videographer is a bit too much, but a professional videographer will capture more – and longer – moments than a photographer. These are the moments and jokes that you’ll be in too much of a haze to remember at the time!
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