Weddings can simultaneously be one of the happiest and most stressful day of your life. However, with careful planning and awareness, you can mitigate a lot of the biggest wedding day mistakes that cast a shadow over your day.
Here are some of the biggest wedding day mistakes and how you can avoid them.
Dress Doesn’t Fit
There are a surprising amount of brides that find that their dress doesn’t fit on the day of their wedding. There are a few things that cause this disaster.
First, improper planning leading to delays in the dress arriving. When the dress arrives right before the wedding, it doesn’t allow for time spent doing alterations and making sure everything fits as it should. This can be prevented by ordering the dress way in advance or shopping on Azazie.com to ensure a quick turnaround time.
Another mistake that brides make in the early days is buying the dress too small as a form of motivation to lose weight. If a bride decides she wants to lose weight for her wedding, it’s better to purchase the dress in her current size and have alterations made later. Stress plays a key role in weight management, and can thwart even the best efforts.
Delays in the schedule can not only cause undue stress for the bridal party, but they can also make the guests grumble and ruin the events. Delays are often caused by poor planning or unprofessional vendors.
To prevent delays, consider hiring a day-of coordinator to keep everyone on task. Not hiring a day-of coordinator is another wedding day mistake you should avoid! If you don’t have a day-of coordinator, ask a trusted family member or friend who is confident and organized to play the role. Yes, this job was made for your bossy aunt Susan.
Take time to vet your vendors beforehand. Read reviews and ensure that other brides who used the services didn’t have issues with tardiness or delays. Touch base with the vendors in the days leading up to the wedding to ensure everyone is on the same page.
To expand on the vendor issues, having a terrible DJ, photographer, caterer, etc. can have an impact on your wedding day that remains a sore spot even years later. Don’t cheap out on vendors or allow your friend who just started photography to pressure you into letting them take your photos.
Always read reviews and get recommendations. Your friend might take beautiful photos when the weather is right and they can have someone hold a pose. Your DJ friend might be great at putting music together but have no idea how to hook up to the system at your venue. The cheapest caterer you can find might give you all food poisoning. If you’re going to hire someone, do it right.
Allowing Family Drama to Ruin Your Day
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that grown adults can act like grown adults and be self-aware enough to not make your day about them.
Set firm boundaries and expectations for potential problem people early on and reiterate it in the days leading up to the wedding. Keep people with negative relationships seated separately and have someone run interference. Again, a day-of wedding coordinator is well-suited for this task.
By being proactive, you can prevent the issues that cause the biggest wedding day blunders. Speak your mind, plan ahead, and enjoy your big day.