Common Wedding Planning Issues to Avoid
Avoid these common wedding planning issues.
Planning the perfect wedding may seem like an impossible task at times, but it’s important to remember that the only person you really need to make it perfect for is you! That being said, we all want our wedding day to go off without a hitch for everyone involved. With so many moving parts involved with your upcoming nuptials, there are many wedding planning issues that may arise.
To help your big day be everything that you’ve ever dreamt of, let’s take a look at some of these issues that you’ll want to avoid.
Not Starting with the Budget
We know you’re excited about your big day, but it’s a mistake to start planning a bunch of details without figuring out how much you’ll be able to spend. You should do this before you have a venue, guest list, food selections, or anything else. Wedding planners are great at helping you set a budget because they’re aware of how much basic and not-so-basic items will cost.
Not Researching Venues
The wedding venue is one of the most important aspects of the entire event. Many couples, however, don’t learn enough about the venues that they’re considering. The venue may seem perfect because it’s beautiful or simply within your price range. You need to consider details such as location, access, parking, health concerns, and guidelines that you must abide by in terms of music, alcohol, and other details.
Letting Others Make Your Choices
It’s very common for certain friends and family members to attempt a takeover of some wedding details. Close friends may automatically assume that they’re going to be your best man, bridesmaid, groomsmen, or other such role. It can sometimes be a difficult task to be stern with those you love, but it’s important to remember that this is your big day, not theirs.
Not Considering Food Restrictions
Food has become a more difficult subject in recent years because many people have specific restrictions such as being vegetarian or trying to eat only gluten-free items. Although you don’t want to have just one or two guests dictating the type of food and beverages you choose, it’s a mistake not to consider at least a few options. If you’re concerned, you can work with a professional caterer that will help you out with the menu.
Buying Instead of Renting Equipment and Decorations
One of the best ways to keep your wedding budget in check is to rent certain items instead of purchasing them. There are tons of things that you can rent such as
Some of the benefits include matching the wedding style, saving money, and not worrying about transportation, set-up, or take-down.
Putting Registry Info on Invites
A wedding registry is a very convenient way for family members and friends to choose a gift for the loving couple. It would seem like a good idea to put registry information on the invitations, but it’s really not. Although there is some logic behind it, this is seen as tacky and against wedding etiquette. The small amount of convenience probably isn’t worth it.
Relying on Friends Instead of Pros
As we said above, it’s very common for friends and family members to attempt to become a part of your wedding party without asking. This may happen even more often with people you know wanting to serve a role that would typically be done by a professional such as the wedding photographer, caterer, DJ, wedding planner, etc. If a person you know is an actual professional, then that’s probably fine, but you should never settle. Remember, it’s your wedding.
Too Much Time Before Reception
Many people are overly concerned with not giving their guests enough time to get from the ceremony to the reception. The problem is that when you put too much of a gap between the two events, attendees won’t have anything to do. While this may not be a big deal, there’s no reason for this to occur. It’s better to start the reception early and let others have a little fun before you arrive.
Inviting Too Many People
One of the biggest wedding planning issues of all time is inviting way too many people to either the ceremony or reception. This may be a problem due to your expected budget or simply because the venues could become too crowded. Although it might seem to be a bit unorthodox, there’s nothing wrong with inviting more people to the reception than the ceremony so that you can accommodate everyone properly.
No Backup for Outdoor Wedding
During some parts of the year, the weather can be very fickle. You could plan an outdoor wedding months in advance only to find out a week prior to the event that it’s going to rain or the temperature won’t be what you expected. Although you’re not likely to need a backup location, you should at least have one in mind so you don’t have to scramble at the last minute if moving it indoors is needed.
Not Feeding Your Wedding Crew
Regardless of the size of your wedding, there’s a good chance that you’ll have at least a few people as part of your wedding crew who are tasked with getting everything ready. You have to remember that these wedding vendors – whether it’s hair and makeup, a setup team, organizers, etc. – will need to eat at some point during the day. Instead of having them fend for themselves, you should plan on ordering lunch for them.
Contact Elite Events & Rentals to Avoid Wedding Planning Issues
Avoiding these wedding planning issues will make your special day go more smoothly. Elite Events & Rentals can assist you with wedding and party rentals in Tampa and the surrounding areas. If you have any questions about the items we have for rent or would like assistance with any of the potential problems we’ve discussed, contact us by calling (727) 791-7082 today.