It costs money to throw a wedding.
Don’t make the mistake of making purchases without having a real budget
and then running out of money without having everything you need.
Set a real detailed budget and stick to the final number.
It is normal and even encouraged to move some numbers around to spend
more on more important things and less on miscellaneous items.
But sticking to the number on the bottom line will ensure everything
needed is paid for and no one has to bounce a check to do
2. MESSING UP THE MARRIAGE LICENSE
One common mistake when it comes to being married for the second
time is not bringing official divorce papers when you go to get the marriage
3. ORDERING YOUR WEDDING GOWN TOO LATE
If your heart is set on a couture wedding gown, be sure to
order by the six month mark since your dress will be custom made and many times made overseas. In addition most of the off the rack dresses will require alterations so make certain have enough time to get the gown fitted properly. Same goes for the bridesmaids dresses.
4. BOOKING HOTEL ROOMS TOO LATE
Brides often leave blocking out hotel rooms for out of town
guests until the last minute. If you are getting married during a busy time and you don’t investigate hotel availability in advance you can end up with literally not a single room for your guests to stay. Reserve rooms as
soon as possible. That does not mean you should pay for them at that time as
plans change for guests as the time gets closer but just setting them aside
your guests can put down their credit cards when they call to book their
5. INVITING TOO MANY GUESTS
Make sure your guest list and your reception site capacity match
number wise. Don’t invite 400 people assuming only 200 will show up.
Analyze your guest list from the start and assume 80% will respond
yes and limit your guest list accordingly.
TO TRIM YOUR GUEST LIST
1. Make a long list. Start off by making the most exhaustive list you can. List
everyone that you might possibly consider inviting to your wedding. College
roommates, co-workers, distant cousins - get them all on
2. Eliminate half or more of the list. Go through and strike out anyone you feel you could do without. Put an asterisk by the names of high priority
3. Make a non-negotiable list. This is the short list of people that absolutely
must be at your wedding. This could possibly turn out to be your list of
bridesmaids and groomsmen as well.
4 Find a venue and set a budget Figure out the important factors other than the guest list, such as cost of venue, flowers, dresses and tuxes. Use the figure you have left over to determine how many guests you can have.
5. Begin finalizing your list. Once you have a list made up, begin finalizing your guest list. Get together with the other members of the wedding party
(attendants, bride and groom's families) and have them make a short list. Have them rank them by priority, the same way you did yours.
6. Compare lists. Cross out duplicates and compile the lists together into one.
Make the list a bit longer than your limit. Now, ask the others to rank the
guests that did not get cut. Repeat this until you are within your guest
7 Review your list and begin sending out invitations.
6. PARTAKING IN LAST MINUTE BEAUTY TREATMENTS AND CRASH DIETS
Last minute beauty treatments can lead to breakouts, mistakes or even worse serious infections. Carry on with your normal skin treatments as the stress of your wedding can cause adverse effects to your skin with the introduction of new products.
7. UNDERPAYING INVITATION POSTAGE
You’d be surprised how many brides just stick a regular stamp on their invites and drop the whole batch into a mailbox. All but a few wedding invites require additional postage so be sure to find out how much postage you will require before you send all you invite out. Invites with improper postage
will be sent back to sender. This process takes about four weeks.
Precious time you need to tend to other wedding planning activities. Invitation that incur additional postage include:
Any external design such as ribbon, flowers or bows
Invitation packages including R.S.V.P.,, reception menu, other invitation
Designer or otherwise thick card stock
8. IGNORING RELIGIOUS RESTRICTIONS
Inappropriate attire for the church or temple or skipping the pre counseling may keep your officiate from marrying you. Take your religious restrictions seriously. To avoid this meet with your officiate one month before the big day to discuss any restrictions or requirements
9. TRYING TO GO IT ALONE
If you are a bride lucky enough to have been offered help by friends or family by all means take it. Too many brides try to do it all and fail horribly putting unnecessary stress and strain on brides and their relationships
10. FORGETTING TO FOCUS ON WHAT’S MOST IMPORTANT
Keep in mind that you are getting married and starting a life together not just
planning a wedding. Brides be good to your grooms. Grooms be good to
your brides. Some tension between the two of your and possible among member of your family is inevitable die to the sticky topics that weddings stir up but don’t ever let thing get out of control.
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