1. DIY is always cheaper. You would be surprised. Buying everything you need to make something costs a lot more than you would think- not to mention all the time and energy you have to put into it. Look into buying it and making it because making it isn’t always the cheaper option.
2. You don’t always need a strict budget. A common mistake make by brides is simply aiming to “spend as little as possible.” Setting a concrete maximum is important, or you will end up spending more than you can afford.
3. My second cousin has a nice camera- we don’t need to hire a photographer. Wedding professionals are just that- professionals, and they’re called that for a reason. If you have friend who likes to cook be your caterer, and you end up with subpar food and a chaotic atmosphere, you will wish you would have spent the money. This also makes it so that that friend or family member doesn’t get to enjoy the day with you, because they will be working. It’s your wedding- you deserve the people who know what they’re doing.
4. Wedding planners are expensive. Many believe that wedding planners are too expensive to afford, or that they don’t need one because their venue includes an “event hostess” or “wedding coordinator.” The truth is, event planners can be affordable, and the person provided at your wedding is often aloof. This coordinator doesn’t have your best interest in mind, and they usually don’t pay attention to all your detailed plans. After all, they don’t work for you, they work for the facility.
5. We don’t need to plan for rain-the forecast says it will be nice weather. Always have a backup plan. I’ve been to weddings where there was no plan B, and the tent ended up blowing into the pool, the guests all left, and the bride and groom were too cold and wet to have a first dance. Even if the forecast says sunny, plan for that small chance that the meteorologist could be wrong.
6. You always need to include the classic wedding traditions. Many brides fuss over including traditions that they don’t actually care about. You don’t have to have a guestbook, receiving line, ring bearer, or daddy-daughter dance. If some things don’t apply to you, don’t do them!
7. This will be a meaningful, bonding experience for the whole family. If you think that your wedding will be something that will bring your family together, it could, but it also might not. If you have divorced parents or cousins that hate each other, don’t think that every bad interaction that is usually there will disappear just because you’re getting married.
8. Everything at your wedding needs to have a personal, meaningful touch. The craze now days is that your decorations need to be home made, you need to have a connection with everything, and every little tiny aspect needs to be romantic. Don’t get too carried away- add a few personal touches, but don’t overload your guests.
Author Bio- Derek Mason loves weddings. He has worked in catering, event planning, and photography over the past 20 years of his career. Click this link to learn more about wedding planning, or here to visit a social media site with more information.