Any bride who has spent even just one afternoon wedding planning likely regrets skipping Excel classes. With dozens of decisions, both big and small, on your horizon, creating a fine-tuned budget, well-planned timeline, and paying extreme attention to detail are key. And since this is likely your first time organizing such a large scale event, it’s easier than you’d think to fall prey to the pitfalls of wedding planning.
So where should you begin so that your planning starts on solid footing? “Once your budget is established, you can make smart decisions on hiring the right team of vendors that work best with your personalities and will execute your vision for the day,” says Sarah True, owner and creative director of Madison, CT-based True Event. “By having these discussions early, it will set the tone for the overall planning and result in less stress as you go through the process.”
Still, even the most vigilant bride can be steered off-course. As you pore over Pinterest, try on gowns, sniff flowers, choose invitation suites, sample cake selections, scout venues and book your honeymoon, refer to this list of the 50 major mistakes brides seem to make while planning their wedding courtesy of expert planners and vendors.
From mistreating your wedding jewelry to overdoing it on beauty products or failing to approximate the right budget, click through to find out the most common wedding planning errors brides-to-be make.
A veteran planner shares some expert advice for free: She’s telling us the five things brides need on their wedding day.
Owner of Weddings in Vieques, a destination-wedding planning company off the coast of Puerto Rico, Sandy Malone has helped countless couples plan their big day since 2007.
First: Lunch for the Bridal Party
Too many brides forget to make special arrangements to feed themselves and the bridal party on the wedding day. It’s important to pre-arrange more than just nibbles for your entire crew — especially if you aren’t primping in your own home. I vividly remember how resentful bridesmaids became at a wedding because the bride ordered only a platter of fruit and cheese for her six ‘maids — but she requested a sandwich for herself!
Second: Beauty Appointments for Everyone
While the bride is not required to pick up the tab for hair and makeup for your girlfriends, you should give them the opportunity to have their hair and makeup done. This is especially crucial if you’re hosting a destination wedding. Certainly make it “optional,” but it’s the bride’s obligation to make sure their girls are aware of options.
Third: A Break with Your New Husband
After an emotional ceremony followed by a slew of professional photos, having a short planned break with your groom before you make your grand entrance is an absolute necessity. It gives you both a chance to refresh your look and spend a minute alone together saying “OMG, did we really just get married?”
Fourth: A Game Plan for Wedding Toasts
Have you ever sat through what seemed like an endless line of guests with well wishes for the bride and groom at a wedding, thinking it would never end? Guests often misinterpret a “toast” to be a “speech” and they talk forever. The best way to make sure you don’t lose valuable dance and party time is to pre-plan the toasts with your wedding planner or MC. That will ensure the microphone is somewhat controlled and not just anybody can get up and babble. Also it’s an important tool for avoiding “roasts” by inebriated guests who should know better.
Fifth: Alone time
Too many brides plan to have a pack of friends with them from the moment they first open their eyes til they say “I do.” While it’s a great day to celebrate with the people whom you love the most, it can be emotionally overwhelming. Make sure you have someplace to escape — even just for a moment.
With over 160 guests in attendance the Carl House Bridal Event on February 8, 2015 was a spectacular success thanks to our fabulous Wedding Professional partners, great turn out and superb weather.Our guests had the opportunity to visit with some of the best Wedding Professionals in the industry, tour Carl House, meet the Carl House Team, enjoy our chef’s culinary treats and win prizes!
College sweethearts Maggie Carragher and Chris Maddox met at Georgia Tech and fell in love. After Chris proposed , he and Maggie began their search for the ideal wedding location. When they found Carl House they knew it was the perfect spot. On November 8, one day after Maggie’s birthday, they were married. Despite the cool November air, wedding guests enjoyed delicious food and everyone danced the night way until Maggie and Chris made their beautiful sparkler grand departure! “Our wedding at the Carl House was simply perfect! I would not have changed a thing. It was the wedding my husband and I pictured it to be!,” exclaimed Maggie.
Holiday Luncheon for the Public - 11:00am — 1:30pm. This annual Carl House event is perfect for organizations that want to thank their employees with a holiday luncheon or an opportunity for family and friends to come together for a holiday celebration. Enjoy a delicious menu of holiday treats and the ambiance of Carl House during the Holidays! $26.50/person, plus tax and service charge. Click the Public Eventstab for more details or call 770.586.0095. RSVP by November 28 at 4:00pm.
Corporate Holiday Dinner - 6:30 – 8:30. Ideal for small companies that want to have an affordable holiday celebration with their employees or colleagues. Purchase a private table for your company and enjoy an elegant chef prepared buffet along with the ambiance and decor of Carl House for the Holidays! Limited time only! Table to 10 – $395.00.Click the Public Events tab for more details. To reserve your company table or for more details contact Lisa Meznar 770.586.0095. Contact us for parties larger than 10 guests.
Carl House is proud to announce our newest public offering, Date Night! Join us on Saturday, November 15th for the perfect night out with your special someone! This month we are traveling to SPAIN, visiting different regions and cuisines from the area.
Oh how we love a mid-morning affair, and when you have a couple like Tiffany & Ben who pull it off so flawlessly, we have no choice but to share it with the world. Leslie West Photography caught all this wedding goodness so perfectly, and we are beside ourselves with all those special touches that have our hearts just fluttering today. From the breathtaking backdrop of the Carl House to the bride’s gorgeous bouquet, and everything in between, this wedding does Southern elegance to perfection. So grab a seat, and savor all this goodness just popping out of your screen, because this is one soirée you do not want to miss.
From the photographer….
Oh, I love a good southern wedding. Tiffany & Ben’s wedding had Southern charm written all over it: everything from the lace dress and pearls to playing corn hole on the front lawn. The bridesmaids were stunning in their pale pink dresses and the roomsmen kept me laughing the entire day. I never could resist a brunch wedding…especially when they are serving french toast!
Just when we thought Athens could not be any sweeter, we get this gem and are immediately reminded why we love this charming Southern town. This celebration is chock full of that certain allure that can only be found in Athens, and when you have a pair as lovely as Amanda & John, it makes any day that much better! We simply cannot get over the lovely shots by Noi Tran Photography of these two lovebirds strolling around the property with gorgeous sunlight streaming through the trees. Wedding days this lovely must be shared with the rest of the world, and we could not be any more excited to bring it to you today!
Amanda & John wanted to focus on celebrating with their family and friends. Many of their family members were from out of town, and their wedding was spectacular! There was nonstop fun on the dance floor! Their wedding definitely highlighted all the fun activities they shared with their guests. John’s exact words about the wedding was, “I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect wedding day.” And I would have to agree! Both Amanda & John were such a pleasure to capture.