Congratulations you’re engaged! You’re about to plan the biggest, most expensive party of your lifetime – get excited. But before you start parading that gorgeous rock on your finger to everyone here are 5 mistakes you should totally avoid and some helpful tips and tricks.
1. Posting on Social Media
Stop everything. Before you post that ring selfie on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter take a minute to let the precious moment sink in. Then take the time to call (yes call not text) your closest family and friends. They’ll appreciate it and you’ll be happier for it too.
Then go ahead and post that picture.
2. Avoiding the budget.
The first thing you should discuss with your partner after you get engaged is what sort of wedding you’d like to have and what your budget is. Many couples tip toe around the conversation, but if you want to get a clear head start on the planning process getting your budget sorted is the very first step.
3. Rush into the preparations
Take a moment to take everything in, spend a few days to just hang out and then slowly get into creating a timeline. There are a countless number of wedding guides and apps to help you organise yourself. Don’t try and do everything all at once, you’ll only end up stressing yourself out.
4. Being dead set on a date or venue
Although you may have dreamed about having your wedding on the 13th of September all your life, you must keep an open mind and be willing to compromise. Some brides book their wedding venue/dates years in advance, others a few months before the date. Make a list of all prospect venues, work out possible dates and then start meeting with venues.
5. Ask for help
One of the worst mistakes a bride can make. You don’t need to do everything yourself. Family and friends will be more than happy to help you, so make sure you ask for help when you need it. But don’t expect them to be there at your beck and call. Delegate a few tasks and enjoy spending these priceless moments.