9 Wedding Planning Myths

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Wedding Planning Myths

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1. MYTH: It’s a good idea to mail invitations early, giving guests plenty of time to respond.
If you mail invitations too early, guests often set aside the invite, forget about it or lose it and end up neglecting to RSVP. Proper etiquette states four to eight weeks before is the correct time frame for sending the invitation. A save the date is a perfect tool for letting guests know about your wedding ahead of time and can be mailed up to a year in advance.

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2. MYTH: Open seating is great for guests because it gives them the freedom to sit with the people they want.
It can be chaotic and stressful for guests to find seats with their preferred companions. Always assign at least a table for the guest to sit at. But taking a little extra time to assign a seat really takes the guesswork out of the equation.

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3. MYTH: A wedding at home us more low-key and less expensive.
Big expenses come with readying a private home for a big event, including landscaping, parking, catering, hiring a marquee, seating and portable restrooms… not to mention the cleaning fees after the event is over. Weigh up all the costs before deciding to go down this path.

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4. MYTH: Hiring talented friends is the same as hiring professionals.
Just because your friend’s Instagram account is full of beautiful shots doesn’t mean your wedding pictures will yield the same results. An experienced wedding photographer knows how to shoot a mix of action shots (getting ready, first dance, exchanging vows) while also capturing all the must-have family and bridal party photos. The same goes for all other categories like flowers and music. Look for local pros in your area, and if money is a concern, just be open and honest about your budget from the start.

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5. MYTH: If you went to their wedding, you have to invite them to yours.
Don’t feel trapped into inviting someone just because they invited you to their wedding. It’s your day- invite the people you feel closes to. If someone assumes they’re invited, let them know up front (sooner rather than later) that because of space and budget constraints, you had to limit the guest list.

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6. MYTH: A wedding planner is too expensive
Not only can a wedding planner help you stay organized and suggest great never-been-done ideas, but she can also end up saving you thousands and keeping you on track with your budget. Many planners work closely with florists, rental companies, musicians and other pros and often have access to industry discounts, which they can pass along to you. Even if you can’t afford a full wedding planner, look into hiring a day-of wedding planner- to take some of the wedding day stress off you.

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7. MYTH: You have to have the same number of bridesmaids and groomsmen.
Maybe your fiancé has a ton of friends and you just have a few close girlfriends. Don’t feel like you have to hire extras to even out the sides. What’s important is that everyone you feel close to is a part of your day.

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8. MYTH:  You have to take out a second mortgage to pay for a wedding.
There are easy ways to save money, so don’t start your marriage together in a terrible debt. Set your priorities straight- if you’ve always wanted a designer dress, a venue with a view or an amazing bouquet, make those your splurge items. Then, look for ways to save in other areas that carry less weight.

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9. MYTH: You have to serve traditional wedding food.
It’s not a rule that you have to have a Sunday dinner style menu. Some of the most popular wedding catering trends involve trends like barbecues, pizza ovens and ice cream sundae bars.

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