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5 wedding planning misconceptions every bride should know

Don't fall for these misconceptions in the midst of your wedding planning.
 

 

Misconception 1: Having a casual celebration will be less work

Celebrating at an alternative wedding venue like a café might actually be more work. Even without the bells and whistles of a hotel banquet – which is usually taken care of by the banquet team – a casual celebration would still involve sourcing for catering, flowers, decor, favors, and sometimes even your own tables and chairs. 

Taking the DIY route might seem like a pocket-friendly idea but logistically speaking, it can be a nightmare. A common refrain we’ve heard from our brides was how unprepared they were for the work involved when they decided to DIY their wedding. 

The best approach? Stay open and flexible during the planning stages, and avoid feeling stressed out and disappointed when things don’t necessarily go your way.

 

Misconception 2: Bridal packages are more affordable than going ala carte

An all in one bridal package is great if it consist of items you actually need. Going with an unsuitable package can incur unnecessary cost and limitations instead making things easier for you. 

Before you sign off on that dotted line, be sure to study the terms and conditions and research your ala carte options first. If you don't need those two extra gowns, or that local pre-wedding session of only 30 photos, why not put your money elsewhere? Like a destination shoot, or hiring a videographer on your actual day. 

 

Misconception 3: The more costly option is better

Perhaps on a subconscious level, we’ve been attuned to believe that good things are expensive things. While that isn’t completely wrong, it isn’t always the case either.

When you feel unable to make a choice, always remember to refer back to your wedding vision and budget. In the same line as the previous point, finding something that is suitable should rank higher than being influenced by the price point.

 

Misconception 4: It’s not just about you

Granted, this is your big day, but if you're taking the "it’s my way or the highway" approach for your wedding prep, it will more than likely stir up feelings of unhappiness from your groom, parents or close friends. 

A wedding celebration is nothing without your dearest and closest; so creating the right atmosphere and mood is the best thing you can do for everyone who has been a part of your journey thus far. 

 

Misconception 5: There must be an equal number of bridesmaids and groomsmen

We know plenty of couples who’ve had odd numbers for their bridal party and everything still proceeded as per normal. In fact, they had even more creative group photo-shoot sessions.

And the walk down the aisle? Just group them in odd numbers!

Forcing someone you aren’t close with to be part of your bridal party just to make up the numbers, will be meaningless and uncomfortable for everyone involved.


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