Getting married can be one of the most exciting times of your life, or the most stressful.
In all the chaos of planning, it’s easy to get caught up and miss a few details, forget some important factors, or make a few mistakes.
Nobody’s perfect, and wedding preparation is hard stuff! But there are some tips you can take from the brides who have “been there, done that” and already made the mistakes so you won’t have to.
Here are seven mistakes to avoid during your wedding week to be sure it’s one of the best times of your life.
1. Balancing Your Selfishness
As a bride, there’s a balance between allowing people to help you and also not becoming a “bridezilla”, expecting too much from others who have agreed to be part of your wedding.
It’s important to delegate, especially when people specifically ask to help, and you have to acknowledge to yourself that you aren’t a superwoman who can do everything herself.
On the other hand, avoid asking too much or expecting too much of your wedding party. They are already spending time and money on wedding clothing and accessories, travel, and time, all to support you on their big day. It is okay for them to help, but remember to consider their lives and feelings when you set expectations of how much they can help.
2. Not Having a Plan B for Weather
It’s easy to keep your fingers crossed and hope for the best when it comes to weather for an outdoor wedding, but for your big day, having an alternative plan in the case of inclement weather is essential.
Keep checking for what the weather will be on your wedding day the week beforehand, and have that plan B figured out with your venue. Having this plan B in place will ease your mind and reduce stress, especially if it storms. You may even want to be prepared with rain gear for your guests.
3. Procrastinating Until the Last Moment
The last thing you want to do is feel stressed at the last minute, realizing that something important was overlooked, especially if the oversight could have been avoided by planning more in advance.
It’s easy to think that everything will just fall into place on its own, but you don’t want to risk it with one of the biggest days of your life. If you procrastinate, you run the risk of stretching yourself too thin, finalizing details at the last minute, instead of soaking in the pleasant experience of your wedding day.
Follow your checklist every day and stick by it.
4. Clinging to the High Heels
On your big day, you want to dance the night away and have every picture of you revealing a beautiful smile, not a grimace. One commonly agreed upon bit of advice is to bring flats to the wedding that look right with the length of your dress and that won’t give you blisters like a set of heels will over the course of the day.
5. Forgetting about Why You Are Getting Married
It’s so easy to become caught up in the hustle and bustle of wedding planning and the preoccupation with your wedding checklist to forget the most important part of all – you are creating a forever bond with your fiance!
Take time out to just be with your partner, going out on at least one date night during the week of the wedding. Even some pre-wedding intimacy can help reduce stress levels – not to mention improve your sleep in spite of pre-wedding jitters.
Also, check in to see how they are feeling about the wedding, the planning, and what’s going on with them in general. Don’t forget this is all for the two of you to celebrate your union, not about a show!
6. Not Tying Up Legal Ends
Often overlooked is the legal end of your marriage, which is essentially the end result or product of your wedding day.
Make sure you are aware of all legal paperwork that must be completed. Check local laws and ensure that you get your marriage license within the time window required. You even want to make sure your officiant is legally ordained, and that you have asked and designated two wedding guests to sign as witnesses of your union.
7. Slacking on Your Relationship with the Photographer
One of the most special moments post-wedding is the day when you receive all your pictures from the wedding photographer. One way to ensure they are photos that reflect the real you is by becoming familiar and comfortable with your photographer before your wedding day.
Also, make sure you hire your photographer or set of photographers for the entire day. It is worth the investment so they can capture everything.
Use these tips to help make your wedding week and wedding day go smoother, so you can simply relax more and appreciate the experience of making a lifetime union with your partner.