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If you’re knee-deep in wedding planning, it can be easy to miss things and make mistakes because, after all, you’re only human, right? But, as they say to be forewarned is to be forearmed, so let’s take a look at some common wedding mistakes you won’t want to make so you can hopefully avoid making them ahead of your big day.

1. Skimping on the Invites

Let’s talk wedding invitations. They’re more than just paper and ink—they’re the first taste of your wedding that your guests will savour. Skimping here is like serving instant coffee at a gourmet brunch. A lacklustre invite might make your guests think your “can’t-miss” event could, in fact, be missed. So, invest in a design that reflects the vibe of your big day. And hey, spelling counts! Triple-check those names and dates unless you want guests showing up in December for your June nuptials.

2. Underestimating Mother Nature

If you’re planning an outdoor wedding without a backup plan, you might as well be playing roulette with Mother Nature—and she has a wicked sense of humour. Sure, sunshine and gentle breezes are the dream, but what if the weather gods decide it’s time for a surprise monsoon? A tent, an indoor venue option, or at least some sturdy umbrellas should be on standby. Because soggy vows and wind-blown hairstyles? Not so romantic.

3. DIY-Disaster

Doing it yourself might seem like a wallet-friendly idea until you’re knee-deep in tulle and tears, trying to figure out why your DIY centrepieces look more like DIY disasters. Some things are best left to the professionals. Remember, your sanity is worth more than saving a few quid on homemade flower arrangements that look… well, homemade.

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4. The Plus-One Predicament

Navigating the tricky waters of the guest list can turn even the calmest bride or groom into a frantic mess. Before you casually say “sure” to plus-ones, consider your venue size and budget. Unchecked plus-ones can balloon your guest count and costs. Be clear about who gets a plus-one and who doesn’t, and prepare to be firm. Yes, even with cousin Larry.

5. Forgetting the Flow

Ever been to a wedding where you felt like you were more in a queue than at a celebration? That’s bad flow. Timing is everything. Too much downtime between the ceremony and reception can kill the vibe. Work closely with your coordinator (if you have one) or map out the timing yourself. Keep things moving, but allow enough time for your guests to enjoy each segment of your special day.

6. Starving the Masses

A hungry guest is a grumpy guest. Don’t let your wedding be memorable for the growling stomachs. Ensure your caterers know the exact headcount and always plan for a little extra. It’s better to have too much food than not enough—leftovers are great, but hungry guests? Not so much.

7. Letting Stress Steal the Show

Finally, don’t let the stress of wedding planning overshadow the joy of the occasion. This is your day to celebrate love, not to fret over every little detail. Delegate tasks, take deep breaths, and remember what’s really important: you’re getting married!

Dodge these wedding planning pitfalls, and you’re on your way to a big day that’s as fabulous as it is memorable. Now, back to convincing Aunt Martha that maybe the Macarena isn’t her dance… Good luck!

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