#1- Never Let The Opinions Of Others Sway Your Decisions
This is the number one thing that we see couples regret later on. Your wedding should be reflective of you and your partner! Maybe you don’t want a traditional ceremony, you want to have a bold color scheme, or you want to use e-vites instead of traditional invitations- it should all be your choice. Now, we’re not saying that you can’t ask for opinions from friends and family, just that the final decision should ultimately be yours.
Tip: When going to appointments to meet vendors, and to decide on choices, try to keep it to just you and your partner. It’s much easier to decide what the two of you want without five other family members weighing in.
#2- Never Get Caught Up In The Details
We know that you want everything to be perfect on your special day (we can’t blame you!), but we always encourage our couples to keep the bigger picture in mind- you’re marrying the love of your life! There will always be small hiccups throughout the day, but believe us, no one is going to notice that the tablecloths are slightly wrinkly, or that one table has two less candles on it. If the ceremony starts fifteen minutes late, that’s okay! The more you can stay in the moment and let the small things slide, the better your day is going to be.
#3- Never Leave Things To The Last Minute
This is a difficult one, because everyone has busy lives, and planning a wedding is an enormous task! However, leaving things like DIY projects, favor assembly, or even packing for the honeymoon until the last minute will cause you huge amounts of stress, and also tends to lead to things slipping through the cracks. If you’re getting close to your day and need some help, ask friends and family to come over and make it into a mini ‘party’!
#4- Never Be Unclear About Your Expectations
Before you hire your vendors, and continuing through the rest of your planning process, make sure that you are clearly communicating your needs and expectations. If there is a certain type of wine or liquor you wish to have, your caterer will need advance notice. If you expect your wedding planner to help you put together favors or decorations, they’ll need to know before your wedding. This is another great time to remember to speak up; if something isn’t going according to plan let that vendor know!
#5- Never Ever Forget To Get Signed Contracts
We can’t stress this one enough- you need to have contracts for every single vendor, and you need to read them carefully! Does your caterer have the insurance your venue requires? When is the last day you can add to your rental order? In what situation can your DJ cancel, and what portion of your payments is due back to you? These are all things that your contracts should specify, and if they don’t- ask!