You are aware that time is crucial. This adage is undoubtedly true when it comes to organizing a wedding. When precisely should you send out those invites to the destination wedding? And how long in advance should hotel reservations be made?
Wedding planning is a complex process, which can be overwhelming for new couples. The best way to ensure that your wedding is magical and memorable is to take the time to plan it properly. The following are some of the most common mistakes that brides make during wedding planning, which can result in delays and stress.: part of a series of articles on the topic, which will be published over the next week or so, to help new brides make better decisions when it comes to planning their big day part of a series of articles on the topic, which will be published over the next week or so, to help new brides make better decisions when it comes to planning their big day; and to help experienced couples avoid making the same mistakes again.
In order to help you avoid some of the most typical time errors that women make while planning their weddings, we’re breaking it all down for you here.
- Reaching Out to Vendors Too Early
- Reaching Out to Vendors Too Early when Wedding Planning
- Procrastinating on Booking Key Vendors
- Booking a Videographer at the Last Minute
- Sending Destination Wedding Invitations Too Late
- Not Securing Hotel Blocks Early On
- Focusing on the Small Details First
- Last Minute Mind-Changes
Reaching Out to Vendors Too Early
Many couples see a to do list in Wedding Planning and want to start checking things off. They want to feel productive and I get that. But, it is a waste of time for you and your vendors if you come to them too early. If you aren’t ready and you don’t have particular items in place first, your conversation won’t be nearly as productive or accurate.
It really does happen. Before they are even engaged, “brides” have contacted the co-founder of the NYC-based event design and planning business Tinsel Experimental Design to inquire about services. Or couples who get in touch with a three-year-out wedding date. Although it is flattering, it is a little early and takes time away from other clients who are more prompt.
Reaching Out to Vendors Too Early when Wedding Planning
Always consult your wedding planner before making important choices, such as booking a venue, renting out space, or selecting a florist, if you want to use one. This effectively doubles efforts because the majority of event design companies also provide in-house flowers and suggest rentals as part of their contract package (and money spent).
When you first start planning, you might feel like you have a lot to learn. Much of the planning industry is built on years of tradition and tradition is built on years of knowledge. Your first step should be to read as much as you can about planning. The more you know, the better decisions you can make!
Procrastinating on Booking Key Vendors
Couples frequently make the mistake of waiting too long to reserve their suppliers, especially for a wedding during the busy season. If you wait until even six months before your wedding to hire a top-notch vendor during the peak season (for most locations, this is the summer), you can miss out on the finest of the best. DJs, photographers, event planners, and certain florists fall under this category. Closer to the event date, you can reserve vendors who can manage a bigger volume, such cake makers, caterers, and certain florists, but don’t take a chance. Good sellers fill up quickly!
Booking a Videographer at the Last Minute
The founder of Love Stories TV has often observed this scenario play out: the bride places hiring a wedding videographer under the “optional” heading on her to-do list, only to scramble at the last minute to locate someone. Take her advice and don’t put off hiring a videographer—it’s the most common regret she hears from brides.
Sending Destination Wedding Invitations Too Late
The proprietor of Weddings in Vieques, a destination wedding planner, claims that invitation (and RSVP) deadlines for destination weddings are completely different from those for home weddings. You should send out save the dates and travel information up to 18 months before the big day because practically everyone must travel to a destination wedding. Formal invitations may be issued one year in advance, with an RSVP deadline of eight weeks from the date of mailing. Send out your invites as soon as possible; otherwise, you’ll have difficulties arranging and budgeting for all of the festivities at your wedding location.
Not Securing Hotel Blocks Early On
According to Martel Event, a wedding planner, waiting too late to reserve hotel block rooms is a big no-no, especially in a big city. Although it may seem like a straightforward process to put off until later, a city may already be fully booked even more than six months in advance if it is having a big conference or athletic event the same weekend as your wedding.
Focusing on the Small Details First
According to the creator of Bravo Productions, some brides focus too much on the “little things” right away and don’t address some of the more significant preparation issues until it’s too late. For instance, picking out linens, napkin rings, and wedding colors should be done after you’ve chosen a location and a caterer.
Last Minute Mind-Changes
We are aware that it might be challenging to prevent this, but strive to make decisions that you can stand by. If you decide at the last minute that you would like a videographer, a band in addition to a DJ, or a picture booth, it will require changing your plans, spending more money, and, of course, increasing the likelihood that you won’t be able to acquire what you now want.
Wedding planning is a lot of work, and it can be easy to get caught up in the minutiae of the process. Rather than focusing on the big picture, it can be good to take a step back and spend some time thinking about the most basic questions. This can help you avoid making key decisions too close to the wedding date, which will only add to your stress. Happy reading!