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5 Wedding Planning Mistakes to Avoid

As we all know, your wedding day is a very important day in your life. We spend endless hours and plenty of money making wedding plans to ensure that our wedding is everything we’ve ever dreamed of. As magical and meaningful as the day is, it can also be quite stressful and difficult to plan from start to finish. I’d like to share with you the top 5 common wedding planning mistakes that brides-to-be make so that you can get everything right for your big day and make sure it runs smoothly!

5. Not hiring the right photographer

One of the most important parts in your wedding planning is finding a photographer that is right for you. The biggest mistake a bride can make is to undervalue her wedding photography.bride and groom with photographer, Wedding Plans

I have seen countless brides who have tried to save a few dollars by hiring a friend, or having a family member take their wedding photos. And in return, have nothing but tears to show for it.

Think of professional wedding photography as an investment in your future joy. It will cost a little now, but it will pay off in great dividends, as you enjoy the memories for the rest of your life.


4. Trying to make all the wedding plans by yourself

Okay, ladies! It’s time to have a serious chat. Somehow, many brides seem to think that in order to have a wonderful wedding, they have to do everything themselves. But I can guarantee you that’s not the case! Trying to plan your wedding by yourself will leave you way too stressed out and will start to take all the fun out of the wedding planning.  Find an organized, responsible person to take on some tasks and help out, giving you a fresh set of eyes. Or consider hiring a professional to assist you. An online wedding coach can help steer you in the right direction with your wedding plans. While a wedding planner can work the day-of so that you, your family and friends are free from doing these tasks, and can fully enjoy the celebration.

3. Not asking important questions to your vendors

This is your wedding day. Having a team of vendors that you can count on and jive with you, will make or break your day.  That’s why it’s so important to spend the time interviewing them and asking the right questions.

But first, here’s a few pointers you can follow to ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible.

  • Before you schedule any meetings, have a general idea of what you’re willing to spend and discuss your vision with your fiancé, including likes and dislikes.
  • I recommend visiting several vendors for the same service so that you can get a better idea of their work and prices. Plus, this is the perfect chance to see if you click with them.
  • Once you decide to hire a vendor, discuss all of the services that will be provided in great detail.  Make sure you understand everything that’s included, as well as what will cost you extra in case you decide to add it on later.

Asking the right questions will truly make a difference in the success of your wedding planning. Here is a Reception Venue Comparison chart you can use to compare the different venues you’re going to visit. There is no such thing as having too much information.

2. Not having a checklist        

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Is a wedding planning checklist crucial?  Planning your wedding without staying organized is a huge mistake many brides make. If you don’t have a wedding list, you could be heading for trouble. Having a detailed wedding checklist will certainly ensure that you always remember anything.  It will enable you to de-stress, secure in this knowledge, and appreciate the day itself.

A checklist will help you keep track of your work and control your budget. Checking things off your to-do list will not only keep you organized and efficient, but will also give you a great sense of accomplishment and reward for all your hard work! Plus, it’ll help you remember all those items that are easy to forget!

1. Not planning the guest list right away

When you first begin your wedding plans, you may find yourself wanting to skip ahead to the fun parts like picking your dress, choosing wedding colours or taste testing. However, the very first thing you should do is make the guest list. You will need to know how many people will be invited to the wedding before you start looking at venues, hiring your caterer or choosing invitations.

It doesn’t have to be exact but it should be close enough to give you an idea then how much your budget should be. Sit down right away with your fiancé and decide who you’re going to invite.


Planning your wedding will be quite an undertaking, but all your hard work, time and energy will pay off. Your dream wedding day will become one of your most cherished memories! Avoid mishaps on your big day by keeping these mistakes in mind. I want you to have a fantastic, smoothly-run wedding day that is everything you ever imagined and then some. And that begins with solid wedding plans.

If you are engaged and planning a wedding, I hope you found this post helpful. If you find you need some help getting started, I’d love to offer you a FREE 30 minute session (online) to discuss your dreams and how I can help you make them come true.  Click on the link above to select a time or leave a comment below so we can connect. Can’t wait! ⠀


Nancy Curtis

Nancy (that's me) is a Kickass Virtual Wedding Planner whose goal is to give every bride the opportunity to plan their wedding with as little stress as possible. Is that something you would like to do? Step by step, I show you how to plan the wedding of your dreams without having to spend countless hours or put yourself in debt. I believe with the right plan for your wedding, you can have that special day you've been dreaming of and enjoy every step of the way. Would you like more information about HOW I can help reduce the stress and overwhelm in your wedding planning? Drop me a line with your details using my CONTACT FORM HERE and I'll follow up with your promptly. And in the meantime, while you're waiting, get started with your wedding planning by Downloading my FREE Ultimate Wedding Planning Guide to avoid the overwhelm in your wedding planning. Happy Planning!

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