Weddings can quickly get your blood boiling if you aren’t cool, calm and collected throughout the planning process. After all, there are a million moving pieces to any given wedding, from setting a date to picking a location to table-settings and saying “yes” to the dress. How can couples stay level-headed and keep within their budgets without constantly being at each others throats?
Thankfully, you can avoid many of the stereotypical bridezilla meltdowns and groomzilla horror stories by knowing what not to do when it comes to planning your wedding. The following three mistakes happen time and time again for couples tying the knot; however, avoiding them can ensure a stress-free planning phase.
#1. Overspending on the Essentials
This biggest mistake couples make is simple: don’t overspend on the essentials such as rings or the illustrious dress. Sure, you can’t have a wedding without such items, but there’s no reason to break the bank on them, either.
Cost-cutting measures for the essentials may be simpler than you think. For example, you can easily save on your ideal diamond cut and color online versus a brick-and-mortar retailer; likewise, instead of splurging on an expensive dress at a boutique, consider used dresses online to keep cash in your pocket.
Most couples tend to blow out their budget by the thousands; therefore, it’s crucial that you set aside exactly how much you plan on spending and actually stick to it. Shopping around online is perhaps the best way to prevent overspending, granted you know where to look.
#2. You Can’t Please Everyone
Once you accept that you can’t please everyone on your guest list, you’ll have a much easier time managing the relationships surrounding your ceremony. For example:
- Your perfect date may not be the perfect date for a particular guest, and that’s okay
- While your location might be convenient for the groom’s family, it could set the bride’s family back and prevent guests for showing up (or vice-versa)
- You may have some friends taken aback by your choice of bridesmaids or groomsmen, or perhaps your guest list is limited and some acquaintances had to be left out