Tying the knot with your significant other is meant to be the most memorable day of your life. Surrounded by your closest friends and family, you will have the greatest ceremony of your lives and a day you will cherish forever.
And although it might get easy to get caught up in the raw emotion of your wedding, it’s essential to stay sharp to avoid mistakes that could affect the day. Here are some of the most common mistakes couples make on their wedding day, and how to avoid experiencing them yourself.
1. Cutting corners to save money
With all the expenses that go into a wedding, many couples find themselves falling into the pitfall of regrettably cutting corners to save money. Have a conversation with your significant other on where it’s important for you both to splurge the day of your wedding. Maybe it’s the food, a videographer, or the music – whatever it may be, don’t cut corners on something that’s key to your wedding vibe. Having the conversation before your big day is here will help you avoid any feelings of regret the day of.
Things like wedding photography and videography of your ceremony and reception can help you relive the memories of your special day for years to come. Then the MC and DJ or band are the pulse and heart of the entire reception, so it’s vital to find one that can keep the energy pumping all throughout the night. You may have a friend that’s good with a camera or makes great party playlists, but you want them to be able to enjoy your day too and not to strain your friendship by them not living up to your expectations of a wedding vendor.
To find the best vendors for your style and budget, get referrals from friends and family. This way, you know what the final outcome of what these vendors provide is and if they fit into your budget. With that being said, it’s important to hire vendors that you can trust to give you the results you want.
2. Overdoing your appearance
For both the bride and groom, mastering your look before the wedding is important to avoid a disaster on the day of. Starting with the bride, hair and makeup will be the aspects that you should practice and not overdo. Particularly with makeup, you don’t want to look over the top, you want to resemble what you look like every day at your wedding, plus, sometimes these looks can be reflected poorly on camera with harsh lighting. Instead, be smart with how much makeup you apply and ask your bridesmaids/family what looks best on you. Sometimes the more natural the better!
As for grooms, keeping up on your grooming habits is the key to looking sharp. Be sure to shave your face a razor and other products that give a good result, maintain your haircut and style it properly with a comb and gel Even clean your face regularly and considering whitening your teeth to keep a photogenic look. For your outfit, don’t overdo it with crazy styles or outlandish colors that will look strange (unless that’s on par with your wedding theme!). Stick with simple colors and fabrics that will make you look clean and handsome.
3. Forget to eat and drink
Although the butterflies are likely fluttering in your stomach the day of your wedding, it’s essential to take care of your health and eat throughout the day to help prevent any bad scenarios from happening. Eating breakfast before the ceremony and regularly hydrating with water throughout the day will have you feeling your best as you walk down the aisle.
Considering the day might be busy with getting ready, running around talking to guests and mingling, it’s important to continue to keep some sort of food in your stomach to avoid the “hangry” from coming out and ruining the atmosphere. Light snacks are a great way to stay full and not feel bloated. One big mistake newlyweds often make is not eating dinner, so be sure to enjoy the food with your guests, this is a great way to kill two birds with one stone!
4. Not having a rain plan
Depending on what time of year you are getting married, it may be extremely important to have a rain plan. If your venue or planner doesn’t coordinate this for you, don’t forget to ask or make one yourself! If you plan to get married in a field, garden, vineyard, or beach it’s important to have a second option available for the possibility of rainfall.
To keep you and your guests dry all throughout the ceremony, plan to have a tent on stand-by to be set up the day of your wedding if it looks like rain is in the forecast. Even better, your venue may have an indoor or covered area to make a last-minute switch to for your ceremony if needed. Finally, umbrellas can offer a romantic look if it’s sprinkling out! Equip yourselves, your bridal party, and guests with gorgeous clear umbrellas to take cover from the rain.
5. Have too high of expectations
Like anything else in life, your wedding day is not going to be perfect but it’s important to not let it affect you, your attitude, and the spirit of the day. Whether it be planning mishaps or minor details of the ceremony that differ from how they played out in your head, it’s still best to embrace these moments, stay positive about them, and turn them around to make the day even better.
Be sure to treat everyone from your guests to those you’ve hired to work the wedding with respect because after all the day is for you and the love and happiness of the couple is everyone’s overarching goal in the end. Don’t let unrealistic expectations throw you off balance, because no one will notice them anyway.