The Dandelion Patch

Thursday, July 24, 2008

5 Most Common Mistakes Brides Make

Today I just received the most recent edition of Brides and Weddings. Every quarter Cindie Reinhold (Editor and Publisher of Brides and Weddings) prints 160 or so pages of honest, good-to-the-last-drop advice from many of our fellow wedding professionals from AWP (remember I told you about Association of Wedding Professionals in an earlier blog?).

Anyway, I was flipping through the glossy pages to find the article written by our own Vicky Radovich (more on that later), when I found a GREAT list written by our good friend, Marc McIntosh of Washington Bridal Showcase. The Patch has been attending Marc's shows in Fairfax County for the past three years and I can promise that he's got the largest bridal event in town. Marc's a great business person and a wonderful resource for all of us in the wedding world. In his own words, here's Marc's short list of the pitfalls that any bride should (and could) avoid.

P.S. In case you don't know yet, we'll be at the Dulles Expo on Sunday, September 7th for Marc's fall event. For more info on tickets click here.

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The Five Most Common Mistakes Made When Planning a Wedding
Marc McIntosh
Executive Producer, Washington Bridal Showcase

1. Trying to do it all by yourself
Enlist your fiance, friends and family in the planning. It will be more fun, less stressful, and can be a great bonding experience. Consider using the services of a professional wedding coordinator or a trusted friend to look out for all of the details on your wedding day and keep everything on track.

2. Failure to explore ALL of your options.

If you buy the first dress you try on, book the first reception site you visit or hire the first photographer you talk to, you will likely second-guess your decision later. The better strategy is to take your time, compare options and shop around. Take advantage of all of the planning resources available to you, including bridal magazines, web sites and bridal shows.

3. Failure to plan for the unexpected.
Planning an outdoor wedding. What if it rains? Planning a winter wedding? What if it snows? What if a member of your wedding party can’t make it? You will eliminate the potential for wedding day stress by having a backup plan in place.

4. Trusting your wedding to non-professionals.
It’s tempting to try to save money by using Uncle Charlie and his camera. After things are over, all you have are the memories ... and the photos and video. Trust the important elements of your wedding to the professionals.

In the wedding business, there are some businesses who survive because there are new brides every year who don’t know better. Do your research. Ask your other vendors and newly married friends for referrals. It’s a close-knit industry, and soon you will know who is reliable and who is not.

5. Failure to allow time for yourself.
You will need a lot of energy to make it through your wedding day, so get as much rest as you can in the days prior. You are much more likely to enjoy your special day if you are not exhausted or stressed out. Treat yourself to a day at the spa, go on a quiet date with your fiance or simply set aside time for a nap.


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