Top 6 Mistakes Newly Engaged Couples Make
1. Choosing a date too soon
Keep in mind that the date you have in mind might not be available for specific venues. Venues are usually booked a year in advance, especially if the wedding takes place on a long weekend or Saturday. If it's popular, well-known venue, come couples wait over a year. Moral of the story: Pick the venue before you set the date. Once that is set in place, go ahead and create or shop for your save the date cards.
2. Social Media Announcement
Your family and close friend deserve to hear about your engagement before anybody else. If you cannot tell them in person, then make a phone call. They should not stumble upon it while checking their Facebook notifications or have it pop-up on their newsfeed. I know you’re excited and want to tell the world that the one you love has popped the question - but a wedding starts with the two of you, then your families ... the rest of the world can wait. It's a good idea to wait a couple days or weeks before “updating” your social media accounts. Keep in mind, you don’t need to update anything if you don’t want to.
There is nothing worse than starting off a marriage in debt. You already have your car, house, student loans, etc. to pay for … don’t add a wedding to that list. Be realistic. How much can you spend? How much should you spend? Will parents be helping? etc. The average wedding cost about $26,000 - $30,000 (not including honeymoon). I know couples who have spent no more than $10,000 on their entire wedding. For some couples, due to culture and family sizes, a "small, intimate" wedding does not exist. Get all the important factors out of the way first: venue, ceremony, guest list, date, bridal party, etc. before you jump into planning the reception. Consider a consultation with a wedding planner to help you come up with a realistic budget in regards to your finances.
4. Pre-Wedding Ceremonies
Keep any pre-wedding ceremonies low key. In other words, only close friends & family. If it’s a bridal shower, consider inviting those who cannot make it to the wedding. Do not over extend invitations. This can mess up your budget and have you stressing closer to the date, when you should be feeling prepared.
5. Hiring Vendors
I have seen so many couples regret their decision when deciding on a vendor. This is usually because they have not shopped around and get sucked into a vendor’s promises as opposed to falling in love with their work. Bridal shows are a great place to gather information, but i highly suggest - no matter which offer is being made, do not book a vendor on the spot! When you have booked your vendor(s), read the contract carefully, never make verbal agreements and NEVER sign a vendor contract before consulting with the venue. Some venues have rules and regulations you would have never thought of. Never book a vendor if you do not have a venue.
6. Sending out save-the-dates to everyone you know
When you’re engaged you want the world to know - however, sending out save-the-dates to ALL your friends & family without thinking about your guest list and cost can quickly become a disaster. Everyone who receives a save-the-date card should receive a wedding invitation. The last position you want to be in is telling a friend they cannot bring their plus one, or even worse, they can’t come due to space, money, etc.
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