Top 10 Mistakes Made by Engaged Couples
WEDDING PLANNING TIPS: In the age of information overload, when everything is a click of a button away, you’d think the “right answers” for wedding planning tips would be at your fingertips….but think again! So much contradictory information is posted online and in wedding publications. Much of it is influenced by corporate sponsors, and a fair amount of wedding information is written by faceless individuals that are blogging and reviewing online. Information is easily accessible, but not always reliable. This leads us to the top 10 mistakes made by engaged couples:
1. Judging a company based on reviews and chat boards: This is a very misleading approach when assessing a supplier. Engaged couples have no idea who is posting this information. Whether the reviews are good, bad or mediocre –trusting a faceless, nameless blogger is generally not reliable.
2. Assuming that reality TV is real: it’s not. Television is based on drama and designed to capture an audience & a following. It’s not a depiction of what you can actually expect from your wedding suppliers. It’s not wise to assume that what you see on TV is the type of product/service you can expect from the vendors booked for your wedding.
3. Over-researching: Sometimes too much information is exactly that – too much! With so many options a click away, engaged couples can feel easily overwhelmed. It’s best to only meet with suppliers that meet your personal needs & budget. There’s no need to weed through them all.
4. Selecting the best price: The wedding industry doesn’t have a standardized approach when it comes to the quoting of prices and comparison of products and services. Many companies within the same genre offer very different packages. For example, one photographer’s price might include an engagement shoot, a photo credit, and “x” number of hours of coverage. The other might include a secondary shooter and editing. Selecting the best price doesn’t always mean you’re comparing equal products/packages.
5. Relying on beginner’s luck…is only good when you’re rolling the dice: Planning a wedding for the first time and expecting to do it successfully through trial and error is a lot of pressure on a newly engaged couple. Enlisting the assistance of a wedding planner can help to ensure that all the bases are covered, and a stress-free enjoyable planning process can be achieved.
6. Putting too much thought into other people’s opinions: Let’s face it, it’s hard to make one or two people happy at a party, let alone one or two hundred. Couples that spend less time worrying about pleasing their guests/family will have a less stressful, more enjoyable planning experience, and a wedding day that is much more reflective of who they are as a couple.
7. Over-spending: It’s so easy and so harmful. There is no greater stress than beginning your marriage with an overwhelming financial burden. It’s important to set a budget for the big day & stick to it.
8. DIY overload: There IS such a thing as too much DIY. One way to save money is to take on some DIY projects. It can be lovely to give your wedding that personal touch, but too much DIY also can lead down a dangerous path. The added stresses of creating and transporting a number of DIY items, paired with having to locate someone to put it all up and take it all down at the end of the night can be very stressful.
9. Over-scripting the photo session: While it’s agreed that creating a shot list of the major photos to be taken is very helpful, the key is to keep it simple. Couples who write pages of “must have photos” for their photographer will stifle their creative freedom. A photographer will miss candid and intimate moments if they are staring at an overwhelming shot list and trying to checkmark the completed photos all day. The key is to provide a short shot list, and leave the rest to them.
10. Errors in the wedding invitations: The invites set the tone, and have a direct impact on the timing of your wedding day. You’ll want to inform your guests of all locations and addresses in a clear manner. The ceremony start time and cocktail hour start time are the only times that should be listed on the invite itself, and very strategic information needs to be obtained on the RSVP card. Be sure to consult with your planner and/or invites printer to ensure this is worded correctly.
*Article contributed by Leena from Let’s Party Consultants
With over 15 years experience, Toronto wedding planner Leena from Let’s Party Consultants Inc., is a highly esteemed and sought-after industry expert who has been featured in numerous publications and media outlets. Her strategic approach to event planning, paired with her unique concepts, lead to a completely customized experience for each couple. She has received glowing referrals from vendors in the city & abroad and continues to exceed Client expectations with each flawlessly planned event.