- YOU BUY YOUR WEDDING DRESS BEFORE CHOOSING THE VENUE.
Before booking your wedding dress and second dress appointments, make sure you know the type of wedding you’re planning and where.
Yes, you can wear whatever you want, but if you purchase a low-key gown and you end up booking a large and classy venue, you may wish you went bigger and bolder, with the venue in mind.
- YOU ANNOUNCE YOUR ENGAGEMENT TOO SOON.
Remember to share the big news with your inner circle before updating your status on social media.
Tell your family and closest friends first, preferably in person, or by phone or Skype (so they see the ring!) if they’re long-distance. Then change your Facebook status.
And after the outpouring of congratulations, be sure to post a quick thank you to the well-wishers.
- YOU RULE OUT A WEDDING PLANNER ALTOGETHER.
The most stressful planning period? The week before the big day. That’s when handfuls of unforeseen details arise, leaving some brides sorting out spreadsheets instead of connecting with friends and family.
Avoid this by hiring a professional wedding planner or even an event coordinator especially if you’re on a tight budget.
They will handle last-minute vendor meetings and put out fires so you don’t have to. If budget is a concern, some planners even offer hourly services.
- YOU FALL VICTIM TO CRASH DIETING.
No bride should feel as if they have to change themselves ahead of their wedding. But if you do wish to adopt healthier habits, instead of drastically reducing calories or abstaining from whole food groups a month before your wedding date, ease into it.
Try adopting a healthier eating plan or fitness regimen six months before the big day.
Focus on gaining confidence, stress-relieving practices, and healthy habits that will follow you way past your walk down the aisle.
- YOU DON’T FEED YOUR VENDORS.
The last thing you want on your wedding day is a low-energy DJ or an exhausted photographer.
So plan on feeding any hired hands who will be working during the reception. This includes your wedding planner, photographer, videographer, and DJ or band, plus their assistants (but not your florist or the ceremony musicians). Work their meals into your budget and consider it part of their fee. (Many vendors stipulate in the contract that the couple is to provide a meal.)
- YOU FORGET TO HAVE FUN!
Don’t forget the reason you’re doing all of this, and keep things in perspective. It’s all about starting your new life together, so make sure to set up the right foundation for a joyous future. Remember, it’s just one day in the journey.
CHIKA IBEABUCHI popularly known is the Founder/Creative Director of Gemini24 Events, @weddingsplash (An online bridal/event store) @Cedamicuspicykilishi (A healthy snack brand popularly known as Kilishi)
She is also an event management coach and she has coached and mentored not less than 100 persons online and offline.
She is also an event management consultant, wedding planner, event manager: she has assisted numerous brides to be to make their wedding a reality.
She will be sharing some tips and nuggets that have helped her client make the best decision as regards their wedding and also saved them time, money and contributed to unforgettable memories.
So feel free to go ahead with your wedding plans, you should also aim to have a stress free planning process by hiring a professional to guide you so that you can sit back, relax and be taken care of.
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