Wedding Planning DON'TS!
Whether you’ve been waiting to plan your wedding since you were a child or you have no idea where to begin, these wedding planning don’ts will be your saving grace. No bride or groom-zillas here!
Don’t do anything until you have found your venue. This will set the date, style, location and capacity of your wedding. If you haven’t got that sorted yet go ahead and start searching online venue directories to find your perfect venue.
Don’t lick 100 envelopes. Do yourself a favour and buy a gluestick!
Don’t book your venue until you have your budget breakdown. Renting a jaw-dropping castle is awesome, not being able to afford any food because of its cost isn’t!
Don’t forget to make the most of every bit of planning. Whether it's getting a hotel barman to design you personalised cocktails for the big day, or spending time making your wedding playlist, enjoy every second!
Don’t fall into the usual trap of trying to do everything at once. You have plenty of time so make a checklist to guide you through everything very calmly and make sure you don’t miss a thing!
Don’t have the bar too far from the dance floor… when Spice Girls comes on all the men will leg it to the nearest pint and might never return.
Don’t decide to have your stag do too close to the the big day. We all know broken bones take time to mend and eyebrows need time to regrow.
Don’t rush up and down the aisle . Take it slowly. All your guests want to see the happy couple. Especially Grandma!
Don’t have a receiving line (this is when you and your parents greet every guest – as you come into the meal) at your wedding. If you do want one, do it as you come into the venue but keep it far back from the bar area so guests can move through and start on the champagne quickly.
Try not to make pre-dinner drinks go on for too long. Your guests will start moaning about sore feet which can be a serious mood killer!
Don’t have any seating too near the dancing area. People-watchers and non-dancers will frighten off the self-conscious.
Don’t sit your badly-behaved friends near your younger family members. Uncle Bob won’t approve!
Don’t make the bar too big as guests will use it as the perfect place to congregate.
Don’t split the party up by having a ‘guys’ room’. A whisky room sounds like a great idea but only in theory. Save it for the stag do instead.
Grooms– don’t forget to pack a spare white shirt … accidents happen. No ones judging.
Don’t forget the all important baby wipes. You’ll be amazed as to what they can get out of a wedding dress.
Don’t forget to ask someone to film the bride’s final dress fitting . This will make the Mother of the Bride and chief bridesmaid’s life much easier when strapping them in on their wedding day!
Don’t forget to have a boogie with your parents. It will be one of their favourite memories of the day.
We advise you don’t put the cheese board any where near the dance floor. Cheesy music is great. Cheesy smells… less so.
Don’t let your wedding day be the first time both families meet. Arrange a pub lunch weeks or months before hand. You never know – it might prevent an embarrassing drunken brawl on your wedding day.
Don’t have your wedding speeches written on a scrappy piece of paper. Write or print the final version on a neat piece of paper so it looks sharp in your photos and wedding video.
If you decided against having a videographer at your wedding don’t forget to ask a reliable friend to film all the speeches on their phone . You’ll definitely want to look back on them after the wedding!
Don’t rely on a guest to be your only photographer. They won’t fully enjoy the day and may not produce the results you were quite after.
Don’t show everything off at once. Reveal the photo booth or the magician later on in the day as this will create more of a buzz. “Where did you get that chocolate waffle from?!!”
But at the same time, don’t spring any unwanted surprises on your wedding guests. Compulsory dance competition? Maybe not.
Don’t serve seriously garlicky dishes on the day of your wedding – not something you want repeated all night on the dance floor.
Don’t spend a small fortune! If you have your eye on a venue that is out of your budget, decide to have a midweek wedding instead and save yourself 50%.
Don’t forget to make copies of all the paperwork for the big day and keep them safe in a ‘wedmin’ file.
Don’t forget to gently sandpaper the bottom of your new shoes. You don’t want them hindering your dance moves or be slipping around the dance floor!
Don’t let guests spend ages queuing for a drink at the bar. Ask the venue/catering company to ensure some drinks are pre-poured ready for guests to grab and go.
Don’t forget that you will need to feed your suppliers at some point. Pre-ordering a nice takeaway is likely to be the cheapest option, or you can ask your caterer to prepare a large dish of something easily shareable like lasagna or shepherd’s pie.
Hallucinating on your wedding day …hmmmm! Don’t try new sleeping remedies the night before. Test it out a few weeks before instead.
Know your dress’ limits. Your wedding day is not the time to practice your cartwheels.
Don’t be shy about telling your suppliers your budget up front. Get a quote from them. If its too pricey, tell them what your budget is and see if they can work around it.
Don’t wear your heels for the first time on the day. Instead, do a test run in them to the supermarket so you have the trolley to help you!
And one more to finish with… don’t forget to enjoy every moment of it! It will most likely be the best day of your life…