Timing Mistakes You Can Avoid While Planning Your Fast Coming Big Day
Engaged? Congrats!!! What's next? Wedding Day planning is coming. While you are planning to tight the knot, think about some mistakes you can make. We're breaking it all down for you here, so hopefully, you can avoid some of the most common timing mistakes brides make while wedding planning.
Contacting Your Vendors too Early. Set your wedding date first, talk to a venue manager and secure your time. Talk to your family, especially ones who far away.
Putting Deposits Down Prior to Hiring a Planner. This applies only if you want to work with a planner. Always consult him/her before making major decisions, like securing a venue, rentals, and hiring a florist. Most vendors also do in-house florals and recommend rental items as part of their contract package so this may duplicate efforts (and money spent).
Delaying on Booking Key Vendors. If your wedding is in the peak season, and you wait until even six months prior to book a high-quality vendor, you may miss out on the choice. This includes DJs, photographers, cake makers, and florists. Don't risk it.
Sending Invitations Too Late. You should send out save the dates and travel information as far out as 18 months prior to the big day. Formal invitations can be mailed at the one-year-out mark, and they should still have an RSVP date of eight weeks from the date you mail them.
Not Securing Hotel Blocks Early. Waiting too long to book hotel block accommodations, especially in a major city, is a big no-no. City may host huge events.
Focusing on the Small Details First. Deciding on napkin rings, wedding colors, and linens should come after you've already contracted a venue and caterer.
Not Scheduling Bridesmaids' Hair and Make-Up. It leaves everyone scrambling and running behind schedule. Work with your HMUA to create time slots for each bridesmaid and yourself. Then, let your bridesmaids know what time to be ready in the morning and whether they should come with wet or dry hair.
Not Planning Your Photo Timeline. Leaving a photographer to take you off for photos (usually during your drinks reception) can lead to very long, over run sessions. Set clear time limits on photos before the wedding and ensure your photographer plans to get to your venue early to scout locations and formulate a plan. Similarly, you need to know how long your photographer expects to have to create their magic. So, communication is key!
Not Telling Family Members When and Where Family Pictures Will Be. Ensure that you have a full list of the names of family members that will be needed for family portraits. Share this list with your photographer and with your family and ensure your family know when and where to meet for portraits before the wedding day.
Not Leaving Time to Clean up after the Wedding. Before you even begin planning, make sure to check what time everything needs cleared out of your venue. Otherwise, you may be left paying overtime charges.
While your mind is blowing from all these fun and beautiful ideas, it's easy to get carried away. Planning a wedding is usually a one-time thing. Without the experience of planning one before, how do you know all the ins and outs of planning it? You just don’t.
Anyways, put your trust on your vendors and don't forget to have fun!
Photo by Carlsbad Photo
Colleen & Jonathan's Wedding at California Center for the Arts Escondido
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