How hard can planning a wedding be? You buy a dress, book a photographer, venue, caterer, florist, send invitations and then just show up. Not hard right? Wrong. I’ve always said hindsight is 20/20 for couples when planning their wedding. You don’t know what you don’t know until you know it. But, you’ve never done this before and we as wedding professionals can’t expect you to know everything off the bat.

Planning mistakes are common when you’ve never done this before, but they don’t have to be. I’m sharing the most common planning mistakes couples make so you can avoid them when planning your own wedding.

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Making Plans Before Setting Your Budget: You’re excited to plan your wedding and that’s awesome. But, beware. Reserving, purchasing, or even looking at any element of your wedding day before setting your budget is a bad idea. Couples who plan without a budget tend to spend way more.

Planning to Party Till Morning: You want your wedding to be a party. We get it. But, your guests may not want to hang till the wee hours of the morning. Plus, a longer reception can mean additional fees from your venue, service staff, and other vendors.

Micro-managing: You have a vision and you want that vision executed perfectly. But, micro-managing vendors and guests is not the way to accomplish it. All micro-managing does is lead to unneeded stress and a less than an enjoyable wedding day.

Not Hiring a Planner or Coordinator: You may think you don’t need one or that you don’t want anyone else telling you what to do for your wedding. But, a wedding planner or coordinator isn’t there to tell you what to do. A planner provides an invaluable amount of knowledge and assistance to ensure you get to enjoy every moment of planning your wedding.

Giving Everyone a +1: It’s tempting to add “And Guest” to every single person’s invite on your guest list. However, this can double your guest count and budget in the blink of an eye.

Trying to Do It All Yourself: There is only so much one person can do. Wedding planning is like a second full-time job and that’s a lot to handle for one person. Don’t be afraid to accept help, either from a professional or friends and family when offered. You’ll be less stressed and enjoy your engagement so much more if you do.