6. Partaking in last-minute beauty treatments and crash diets.
Many brides think that scheduling a facial the day before the wedding will leave their skin looking angelic on their big day. Thinking of tanning the day before your wedding? Think again as you may end up with blisters instead of sun-kissed skin. Last-minute beauty treatments can lead to breakouts, mistakes or, even worse, serious infections.
The same goes for crash dieting in the weeks leading up to the wedding, after all those gown fittings, your dress may not fit!
7. Underpaying invitation postage
You’d be surprised how many brides just stick a regular stamp on their invites and drop the whole batch into a mailbox. All but a few wedding invitations require additional postage — sometimes up to 55 cents.
The postal service will not take pity on you, and your invites will be returned, rubber-stamped with that ugly “insufficient postage” sign, and it will take at least three weeks to get those invitations back out the door.
So be sure to find out how much postage you will require before you send all your invitations out.
8. Ignoring religious restrictions.
Inappropriate attire for the church or temple, or skipping the pre-canae, may keep your officiant from marrying you when the big day comes around. Take your religious restrictions seriously. To avoid any day-of disasters, be sure to meet with your officiant. Your house of worship may perform ceremonies only on specific days, so settle on a date with your clergyman before you start to book vendors and put down deposits. Be sure to ask him or her about religious rules, such as: Do you need to complete a pre-cana course? Can you write your own vows? Do you need to cover your shoulders? Is secular music permitted?
9. Trying to go it alone.
If you are a bride lucky enough to have been offered help by friends or family members, by all means take it! Too many brides try to do it all. Delegate and use all the resources that are available to you. When people offer to assist, like your mom, your future mother-in-law, or your best friend — find something for them to do, like researching a vendor or addressing invitations.
10. Forgetting to focus on what’s important.
Keep in mind that you are getting married and starting a life together, not just planning a wedding. Brides, be good to your grooms. And grooms, be good to your brides! Some tension between the two of you, and possibly among members of your family, is inevitable due to the sticky topics that weddings stir up, but don’t ever let things get out of control.
Remember why you are going through all this in the first place!
Happy Planning. 🙂