(Post originally appeared here on Wedding Planner)
No wedding day is completely perfect, and there are bound to be some flubs or forgotten details along the wedding planning journey. But to help avoid unnecessary bumps in the road, here are 10 common mistakes brides make leading up to the big day
1. Not carving out enough time for hair and makeup
Many make the mistake of only hiring one hair & makeup artist for the entire bridal party. Yes, it’s economical, but you’ll find yourself stressing big time as everyone has to wait hours for their turn! If you have more than four ladies to do hair and makeup for, you should consider hiring at least two makeup artists and two hair stylists. Make sure they have met each other beforehand and have pictures of the makeup and hair looks so that the process goes smoothly on the day of.
2. Drinking the night before
Even if it’s just a glass of wine to calm the nerves, try to refrain from drinking the night before the wedding. Alcohol can make you puffy the next day, and if you are sensitive to the stuff you may even get a mild headache. Trade in a cocktail or glass of wine for some sparkling water and lemon – you’ll be thanking us later.
3. Ruling out a wedding planner early
Even if you’ve managed to plan everything yourself thus far, the week before your wedding often way more stressful than brides expect. If you hire a planner for even just a few days before and during the event, you’ll be able to take some time to relax and enjoy the moment leading up to such an important day. It’s not obligatory, but it can save from a lot of running around keeping track of final payments to vendors, confirming floral deliveries, giving directions…need us continue?
4. Not accounting for hidden costs
This is a big one that gets overlooked far too often. Tipping your vendors is a must unless it’s already included in their contract. You also have to remember the marriage licence, postage for “Thank you” cards, meals on wedding day, and the infamous emergency fund – this is for when the power goes out and you have to buy 200 candles, or the groom forgets to pack his shoes and needs to hail a cab!
5. Forgoing time with parents
On the day of your wedding, you are the center of attention – everyone will be stopping you to say a word or give a hug. But don’t forget to take a few quiet moments with your parents outside of pictures. It will be a welcome break from the hustle and bustle and it will give you some one-on one-time with them that both they and you will appreciate once it’s all said and done.
6. Forgetting to eat
Yes, we know you need to fit into your wedding dress as snug as a bug the day of, however, we don’t need a dramatic Scarlett O’Hara fainting moment because you didn’t eat anything. A light breakfast with a few carbs for energy will suffice, along with lots of water and some snacks while getting ready and during pictures.
7. Sunless tanning
Have some practice sessions please! I can’t stress this enough. Sunless tanning can work if you find the right place to go, but be sure to go for a shade that isn’t so far off your natural skin tone. Instead, aim for a subtle pre-wedding glow. If you overdo it or go too dark, you will be in your bathroom two days before your wedding with half a cup of lemon juice, a quarter cup of sugar, and a whole lot of scrubbing.
8. Not feeding vendors
Your vendors work hard and rightly so; this is what they do! However, if you have hired a band to entertain your guests, a planner running around behind the scenes, and a photographer or videographer, it’s important to remember to give them a dinner break on the day of. This is customary, but also practical – no one can perform their best on an empty stomach!
9. Skimping on bridal party gifts
Take into consideration that your bridal party has spend a ton of time and money over the past year helping you plan your wedding. From wedding gifts to bachelor/bachelorette parties to outfits and dinners, they’ve done so much. Be sure to budget a decent amount (considering how large your bridal party is) so they can feel the love and appreciation you have for all they have done.
10. Mistreating single friends
I’ve been one of the single gals at a table full of couples, and trust me – not all guests in that position are going to find the situation ideal. To ease the pressure off, try to put them with at least one person at the same table that they know. That way, it’s not quite so awkward when the slow dancing begins and all couples migrate to the dance floor!
We hope these tips were useful for beginning your wedding planning journey! For the seasoned bride or bride-to-be, let us know what mistakes you think can be avoided in the comments!