By Brachetto Weddings…

When you’re planning a wedding yourself, you turn to thousands of online blogs and bridal magazines for tips and advice to help with the planning.

However; you can get caught up with the hefty load of wedding planning that you forget to avoid some mistakes that will potentially ruin your wedding day or make the wedding planning process a complete nightmare.

Mistake 1 – Forgetting to set the budget prior to wedding planning. This is by far one of the most planning mistakes most brides-to-be make when embarking their wedding planning journey without a wedding planner. It is absolutely vital that you set a realistic budget before you start venue sourcing and supplier searching. Some suppliers ask for a budget before giving you a quote e.g florists and caterers. Setting a wedding budget will help you determine which areas you want to spend most of your money on and which areas you can do without if you have a limited wedding budget.

Mistake 2 – Not compiling a wedding guest list! This is one of the most frustrating areas for me as a wedding planner. If you have a limited budget why have an open wedding guest list? That creates more work for your wedding coordinator and you will end up spending more money than you should.

Mistake 3 – Not having a wedding theme. Let’s face it, you are probably going to change your colours countless times during your wedding planning process; but setting a theme in the beginning will help you know the right suppliers to go to.

Mistake 4 – Forgetting to draw up a contingency plan. “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail” Benjamin Franklin…A contingency plan is absolutely mandatory especially if you are having an outdoor wedding. You need to find out whether your venue offers an alternate indoor space if the weather decides to rain or snow etc. A contingency plan reduces stress for you and your guests on your wedding day.

Mistake 5 – Not assigning tasks to the appropriate people! You need to know who will look after the catering if you are having a buffet style meal and who will look after the children etc. Make sure you let people know what their on the day tasks are (if you choose not to have a coordinator) prior the wedding so they can wear appropriate attires and avoid confusion on the day.

Minihaha Garande