DON’T start your
wedding planning without a budget. One of the most stressful
elements to wedding planning usually is MONEY. Make sure
you decide up front how much your total wedding budget
is going to be and who will be contributing and how much.
DON’T spend more
than your budget or what you can afford. Your wedding
day is an important day – but it is only ONE day.
You don’t want to start your new life together by
going into "serious" debt from your wedding
expenses and being strapped with that debt for the next
DON’T rely upon
oral agreements with vendors. Get EVERYTHING in writing!
DON’T try and
do everything yourself. Planning a wedding can be a full
time job in itself. So, don’t try and take on such
an enormous project alone - DELEGATE as much as you can!
When it comes to weddings – everyone loves to help
(so let them!).
DON’T insist on
having it your way all the time! COMPROMISE on the things
that are less important.
DON’T skimp on
your photography. Your wedding day goes by so fast –
and after it’s over, all you’ll have left
is your memories and your PICTURES.
DON’T get crazy
over every detail. It can really take the pleasure out
of the wedding planning process. I mean, will it really
matter that the ribbons for the favors are baby blue instead
of ice blue?
DON’T forget to
thank everyone involved in your wedding and those that
gave you gifts. AND, don’t let those thank you notes
pile up. Send them out promptly after you receive a gift.
yourself the day before your wedding. This is not the
time to put together 200 favors. Try to do only one or
two small tasks and leave the rest of the day to relax
and pamper yourself.
DON’T expect perfection
for your wedding day. Expect a "terrific" day
and set reasonable expectations. Never forget the main
goal is to get married.