Unfortunately, there’s no getting around the fact that planning a wedding is not easy. There’s a lot you and your partner will need to research and coordinate to ensure your special day is as close as possible to how you envision it.
With so much on your plate, it’s easy to make a mistake. The good news is, there are plenty of couples who have gotten married before you who have made some missteps—and there’s a lot you can learn from them to ensure you don’t do the same.
Here are some of the most common mistakes couples make when planning their wedding that you should make every effort to avoid:
1) Not starting with a budget.
It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of an engagement and the idea of your wedding. While there’s nothing wrong with that, many couples start booking big vendors (venue, catering, etc.) in blind bliss and end up blowing their budget before they even make it. You need to structure your money, set a firm budget, and establish your priorities before booking any vendors to ensure your needs and biggest wants are covered.
2) Failing to research before booking your venue.
Venue selection is one of the most pivotal steps to early wedding planning. Your venue sets the tone for your entire experience, for both you and your guests. It needs to fit your aesthetic, as well as your practical needs such as your guest list, budget, and preferred date range. Researching the venues you’re considering ahead of time is just as important as visiting them in person. Be sure to review any contracts or policies closely for hidden costs, vendor restrictions, and other requirements before committing.
3) Inviting too many people.
Wedding guest lists can grow more quickly than you think, costing you more money and space with every addition. Before you start your guest list, check with your venue to see how many people they can accommodate comfortably. Or, sit down and make your list before you book a venue, so you can be sure to book a space that meets your needs. Think hard about who you really want to share your special day with. Don’t invite people you hardly talk to or who you don’t really want there, even if they’re relatives, out of obligation.
4) Obsessing over every detail.
Everybody gets overwhelmed planning a wedding at some point or another, but there is no need to be overly stressed. Trust your vendors and give them the space they need to do their jobs—that’s why you hired them in the first place! If you try to micromanage, you’ll only add to your stress and disrupt their process. As long as you communicate your vision clearly and continue to communicate up until the big day, everything will be taken care of for you. Just focus on the love you have for your partner and how amazing it will be to take this step with your closest family and friends.
5) Not hiring professional vendors.
Unless you happen to have a friend who runs a professional photography, catering, entertainment, etc. business, there’s no reason you should be hiring a friend for any wedding services. You may be trying to be nice or tempted to save some money, but it’s always better to leave your special day in the hands of experienced professionals. This ensures your wedding festivities will run smoothly as planned, as well as keeps your guests free to celebrate with you.
At Casual Elegance, we offer a wide array of wedding services to make your ceremony the one you’ve always dreamed of. Your professional officiant, Pastor Ed, will help you create a fun, elegant, and comfortable wedding that is unique to you and your partner. From venue selection to vow writing and more, we’ll ensure every ceremony detail is perfectly in place and to your liking.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can set you up with your dream Las Vegas wedding!