The 4 Most Costly Wedding Planning MistakesOctober 22nd, 2013
The 4 Most Costly Wedding Planning Mistakes
BY CATEY HILL
It’s super easy to get carried away when planning a wedding: After all, who doesn’t want a fairy tale day with gorgeous flowers, a romantic venue and amazing food? But often, brides get a little too overzealous – and that ends up costing them way more than they’d planned to spend (and ick, who wants to start off their marriage with a pile of debt?) The solution: Avoid these four costly wedding planning mistakes to save big and still get the fairy tale day you’ve always dreamt of.
Mistake #1: Inviting too many people
This is often the most expensive wedding planning mistake that brides and grooms make. The reason it’s so costly is that vendors, like caterers, often charge you per person that attends so the more people you invite the higher your bill. This means that couples need to sit down together and cut off any unnecessary people: Do you really need to invite Aunt Sally or an old high school friend when you haven’t even spoken to either in years?
Mistake #2: Not shopping around
The prices for everything from the caterer to the venue to the florist can vary by hundreds or even thousands of dollars, which makes it super important that you shop around for every aspect of your wedding. Though it can take a little time, you should get price quotes from at least three vendors for every aspect of your wedding, or do significant online price comparison research.
Mistake #3: Being inflexible
You’ve probably dreamt of your wedding since you were a little girl – and that means you’ve got some specific ideas of where, when and how your wedding will take place. But sometimes, brides need to have a little wiggle room in order to save money: After all, opting for a slightly less-expensive flower/meal/dessert/open bar/invitation/date and time/you-name-it on your wedding day isn’t going to make or break the experience. Just make a list of priorities, bend on those items that are of less priority to you and stay steadfast on what’s really important.
Mistake #4: Not creating a budget (or sticking to one)
If you don’t create a budget, you’ll likely spend way more than you’d planned to. I know people think “budget” is a scary word, but honestly, it’s easy to create one using an online tool like David’s Bridal’s My Event. Once you’ve created it, use it to track every wedding expense so that you can make sure you don’t spend more than you’d planned on.