A lot of people planned the wedding of their dreams even before finding the person they want to share the rest of their lives with. Additionally, with the help from Pinterest, several brides and grooms proceed in planning their weddings. From choosing a designer dress to finding a venue that is Pinterest worthy, it can be easy to overlook the expensive details and forget all about one’s life goals after walking down the aisle. Setting up a strategy for saving that goes beyond the big day can help you begin the next chapter of your life on the right foot.
Before you start planning your wedding or paying deposits, here are seven costly wedding planning mistakes you should avoid.
Know Your Budget
The first thing you need to do before you make any wedding plan is to create a budget. You have to determine what you can and willing to spend for your big day. It is also much better to define what you will be spending where before you make any purchases or down payments. If you do not do this, you may spend too much in on a specific area and have to skimp on others even though you do not want to because you have no choice. Or you can wind up spending more than you intended because you spent too much on one area and you still have to spend so much on other important areas. Regardless, you will never be happy and that is not what you don’t want to feel on your wedding day.
Spending Too Much On Your Dress
Although every bride should look her best on her big day, you need to be realistic when it comes to your dress. You should not just think of all the other important aspects of your wedding that you still have to play and pay for, but also the extra costs that come with the wedding dress in general. Even if you have a budget of $2,000, that does not mean you can buy a wedding dress that cost that much. You have to consider the shipping costs, changes you would like to be made, the shoes, veil, accessories, as well as all your needed undergarments. In general, it is crucial to know how much you will spend on your wedding dress as well as the accessories that match it.
Buying Certain Flowers
Once again, thanks to Pinterest, you might already have a particular flower in mind. But, you may have forgotten to consider if the flower you want to have is in the season because it can significantly affect the price. Aside from that, certain flowers are costlier than others. So, before you choose a certain flower, you need to know what is in season and available at a cost that you can afford. If you do this, you will most likely be able to find flowers for your wedding at a fair price.
Underestimating The Cost Of An Outdoor Venue
For a few people, the concept of having a wedding at an outdoor venue could seem as if it is a more affordable option. After all, it does not really need a venue, right? Better think again. Although it might be outdoors, you may still need to pay to use the property. Unless you have a backyard. Additionally, you will most likely have a range of other expenses that come with an outdoor event. You may need to rent tents, wedding DJ, chairs, bathrooms, fans, heaters, or even lights based on time. Regardless of where you are hosting your wedding, you need to take into consideration other items that you will need for an outdoor event so that your budget will not be caught off-guard.
Not Getting Detailed Contracts
From wedding planners to caterers to venue contracts and DJs, you need to read everything and make sure that all the contracts you have are detailed. In case you fail to do this, you can be caught off guard on additional fees and charges or worse, you might even get yourself taken advantage of. You need to know what you are paying for and what you can be considered as an additional charge or an upgrade. You will eventually be thankful that you did so and you will also be able to keep yourself from going over budget.
Failing To Hire A Professional
A DIY wedding is always thought of as a cheaper option. Everybody knows that wedding planners do not come cheap. But you would be surprised that a wedding planner could actually help you save a lot eventually. Unless you have had some experience in planning a wedding or other major events in the past, you will find it hard to know where to go and who to talk to for you to find the best options and prices for all the things you need.
Even though a wedding planner requires a fee, they are familiar with the industry and where they can get the best prices. Apart from that, you can do a much better job of maintaining your budget and help make sure that you stick to it. Having said that, hiring a professional is worth it. You will most likely wind up saving cash by hiring a professional to help you. You should also hire a DJ instead of working on your wedding music and keeping the party going during the reception on your own. Also, be sure to reserve a Myrtle Beach wedding DJ well in advance.
Not Knowing Your Priorities
It is very easy to get caught up in the excitement of planning a wedding. There are times when you will feel that everything is important and you can let anything go. And even though it is one of the most important days in your life, it is still not good to go way over your budget. That is why it is crucial for you to know what your priorities are and what are the most important things are on for your wedding.
If it is food then you should spend more on the meals. In case it is the venue and the flower, then perhaps light appetizers will do. Whatever it is you think is important, you need to know what your priorities are before you make any plans. By doing so, you will know where you can put most of your cash and where you have to save.
Unlike what other people believe, having beautiful wedding songs does not have to cost you a lot. But if you start planning your wedding without knowing the cost of things, you may wind up spending as much as that and sometimes much more.
Before you set any concrete plans or make down payments, you have to be careful and be sure that you avoid all these common and costly wedding planning mistakes. You will not just have a beautiful wedding day but also stay on budget.
Call Dennis Hubbell of Hubbell Entertainment if you are looking for a specialist who can handle the music for your wedding.
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