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10 Things you DONT know about planning a wedding!

Most brides have had their dream wedding in the back of their minds for years, some planning the day from a child, before even meeting your fiancé and some even ogle over wedding details before they have a ring on their finger. So it’s safe to say, we’ve all thought about it, most of us have had friends who have been through it but are we up to date? Not really. This post is all about what you don’t know and unless you work in this industry it’s so hard to keep up with what’s going on. Here are the 10 things you DON’T know about planning a wedding today…

Enjoy & Happy Planning!

1. You may look back on that and cringe
There are always trends that seem so amazing now but won’t look so amazing in a decade or so. Be careful not to go too over the top in one trend. At the same time live for the moment and it’s enjoyable now then do it.

2. You may not enjoy having quirky different wedding photos twenty years from now
This ties into the first tip, throw in a few traditional shots for your album.

3. No one cares about your wedding as much as you do
It’s true; likely not even your mother! But it’s ok, they’ll let you off on this occasion, just don’t push it too far.

4. It will cost more than you expect
Costs in weddings change drastically so when your best friend got married 3 years ago for a modest budget you may not be so lucky now. Research well before you make any solid plans. The average NZ wedding costs $30,000.

5. Not every wedding vendor is created equal
You would hope that everyone that works in this industry is there for love of the job but some are not so be very careful on who you hire as you don’t want a bad vendor not doing their job correctly to ruin your entire day.

6. Thank you cards are a necessity
It is common courtesy to send a handwritten note when someone gives a gift and is an unfortunate dying art so please revive it.

7. Your wedding will make or break your relationships
With all the stress that comes with planning your big day, your relationships will either become closer together or pull you further apart.

8. Everyone will give you their two cents and expect you to implement it.

9. You won’t get the venue you want, the best photographer and every other vendor you want when you want them
Wedding vendors are getting booked up to two years in advance so in this case the early bird gets the worm so get in asap to select your preferred vendors.

10. Doing it all yourself will save you money
Sometimes when you try to do it all yourself you end up spending more. All the driving around, the time spent, the wrong purchases all to save yourself a couple of bucks? It’s often not worth it. Same goes for hiring help in the way of a planner or coordinator, in most cases it won’t cost you a thing and can even save you money.