This is a guest post written by Laurie Larson exclusively for Yanitza Ninett’s Pieces of Me Blog. All images featured are by Yanitza Ninett Photography.
The day you’ve been dreaming of is almost here. You’ve been planning the details of this day for months, and now it is all finally becoming real in this last week. You are really getting married soon!
As you want this day to be perfect with no hiccups or flaws, there are common mistakes a bride can make during her wedding week that can be avoided with simple steps. See the following seven mistakes a bride makes and how to correct them.
1. Overdoing Your Bachelorette Party
If it is at all possible, schedule your bachelorette party at least two weeks before your wedding. You don’t want do not schedule a bachelorette party during your wedding week, where you could risk overdoing it and not be properly rested for your big day. You don’t want a hangover or be bloated and puffy on your wedding day either! If you do have to schedule your bachelorette party during your wedding week, consider alternative bachelorette party ideas, like having a spa day or a slumber party.
2. Under Budgeting
You can count on running over budget if you don’t set priorities and make tough budgeting decisions early on in the wedding planning process. By the end of wedding planning, you don’t want to have to skimp on remaining budget line items because you did not budget enough in the beginning. You also need to set aside at least 10% of your budget for unanticipated costs right before the wedding. If you haven’t done so already, try using a budget spreadsheet.
3. Not Having a Plan B for weather
For anyone having an outdoor wedding and/or reception, you hold your breath and keep your fingers crossed for no rain and air temperature that’s not too hot or cold. You hope your heels don’t get stuck in mud and that guests aren’t shivering or sweating before you walk down the aisle. This is why it is important to have a plan B for where you speak your vows. It takes stress off of you on your big day, in the case of inclement or extreme weather. For cold weather, have space heaters on hand for the reception or fans ready if it ends up being really hot.
4. Forgetting Your Fiance
It is so easy in the hustle and bustle of wedding planning and getting caught up on details to forget the primary reason you are getting married - to form a lifetime union with your fiance. It is important to not get so caught up in creating a picture perfect event that you don’t have your regular date night, or that all you end up talking about with your fiance are about wedding plans. Remember to take time out to ask how your partner is feeling and what’s going on in their own lives. Make sure and go out on a special date with your fiance during wedding week.
5. Not Having Dress Fittings
Fittings are a must for both groomsmen and bridesmaids as well as for brides and grooms. You must be firm with groomsmen renting or buying suits that they must try on their suits in advance and have them fitted - otherwise, if they buy or rent them the night before, you may have a wedding party that looks poorly dressed. As a bride, you want to have your last fitting a week before the wedding, just to make sure you dress fits as perfect as possible.
6. Not Having Unplugged Ceremony
It is worth your guests being fully present and living in the moment by not posting images and video in real time on their phones from your wedding and reception. You want to have full control over how your wedding is first presented on platforms like Facebook and Instagram. You want to be the first person to post your intimate ceremony moments online, if at all. So don’t be afraid to ask people to turn their cell phones off during your ceremony or at least ask them not to post pictures or videos online.
7. Not Doing Trial Hair and Makeup Run
Part of a successful wedding day is feeling as beautiful and confident as you can be, which includes having the right hairdo for your hair type, face, and dress ensemble, as well as the right makeup for your personal style and skin tone. If you wait until your wedding day to try out your hairstyle and makeup, you may be caught off guard or disappointed if that look you are trying to pull off isn’t happening. Do a trial run of hair and makeup, and line the timing up with an engagement photo shoot, bridal shower, or engagement party so you make the most of the appointment.
It is important to remember that there is no such thing as the perfect wedding, where the imperfect can actually be what makes your wedding authentic and yours. However, avoiding these common mistakes can make your wedding all the more enjoyable, memorable, and the special day that you’ve always dreamed of.
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