Many little girls grow up dreaming about their weddings. For them, every detail, down to the flowers, gown and destination, is important. Many women begin to think about making their dream weddings a reality after their boyfriends propose to them. The wedding planning process, however, can be stressful, even for brides working with their families, fiances and wedding planners. Avoiding common mistakes, made by younger and older brides alike, can help women to put together weddings that they, their bridesmaids, their families, their fiancees and their guests will be sure to enjoy.
Throughout the whole wedding planning process, it is important for brides to take what they want into consideration. While they want to please others, such as their bridesmaids, parents, siblings and grooms, the day is ultimately about them. They want to make sure that while they are making plans on venues, bridesmaids dresses, groomsmen tuxes, the date of the wedding and the venue, the choices reflect their own individual style and the type of wedding they want.
To ensure her own happiness on her wedding day, a bride wants to make sure she chooses a dress that fits her personality and that she will be proud to remember when she looks back at photo albums. She should consider her mother’s and groom’s wishes, to some extent, but ultimately the decision should come down to what gown she loves. Without the right gown, her wedding day won’t be as special.
Sometimes grooms feel that weddings are brides’ territories, and they try to be very hands-off during the whole wedding planning process. Asking grooms to help with the color scheme, music selection, venue choice and other important choices can help take some of the weight off brides’ shoulders and make grooms feel more a part of the wedding early on. The groom may even have some good ideas for the ceremony or reception.
Many brides and grooms make the mistake of quickly deciding on their wedding parties without taking family considerations, wedding size or all of their choices into consideration. Their parents may want them to include a sibling or cousin in the party, or an old friend might want to be part of the wedding party. Brides and grooms should take some time to think about who they want to stand up with them, weighing the pros and cons of different family members and friends.
Venue and Time
The wrong venue can spell disaster for a wedding. Having a party at an outdoor golf course in the middle of the summer or snowy outdoor setting during the winter may be part of a couple’s vision for a wedding, but guests’ comfort should be taken into consideration. Couples don’t want their guests boiling or freezing during their special day.
Brides and grooms also need to make sure to think about the schedule of the festivities, especially the time between the ceremony and reception. They risk having guests leave early if they don’t have their reception right after their ceremony. For guests traveling a few hours or more away, a time lag between a wedding ceremony and a reception can be highly inconvenient.
Guest Participation and Satisfaction
For a wedding to be truly successful, guests need to feel part of the festivities. Couples can ensure that their friends and families are having a good time by choosing certain music, activities and food that their guests will like. They should take people’s different preferences into account during their wedding planning. This can mean including vegetarian options on their menus and having the deejay or band play oldies music for elderly guests who want to slow dance.