Modern bride & groom with monochrome bouquet
We know that the process of planning a wedding is chaotic and it’s totally normal for little hiccups to happen at some point. But here’s the good news: you don’t have to make the big mistakes! Here are what we believe are the top three most common mistakes brides make while planning their wedding, and tips on how you can avoid them!

1. Planning major decisions before the Guest List
Planning your wedding is SO exciting! But before you jump into all the details, we suggest sitting down with your fiancé and deciding approximately how many people you want to be there with you on your special day. The size of the guest list will impact SO MANY wedding details, because it will influence how your budget will be spent, as well as affecting the size of the venue, how many invitations to order, and many, many more aspects. Once you know how many guests to expect, you’ll be better prepared to start planning all of the personal touches to creating your dream wedding!

2. Doing everything yourself
One common mistake brides make is trying to do it all on your own. We know you’re something of a superwoman and MAYBE could do it yourself, but here’s the great news ... you don’t have to! We recommend hiring an experienced wedding planner. A professional planner can keep track of all of the details, vendors, timelines, and details, so that you can focus on what really matters -- enjoying every moment of your wedding and this planning experience! Click here for a more in-depth look at our top ten reasons to hire a wedding planner. You can also reduce your wedding day stress by delegating tasks to your trust-worthy loved ones. This is a great way to get those closest to you involved in planning your day and help you feel calmer at the same time. Talk about a win-win!
Wedding planner setting a black, white & green reception table
Black, white & green reception table with macaron favors
Modern bride & groom with monochrome bouquet
Backyard wedding for a modern bride & groom
3. Not allowing enough time for photos
Your wedding day can be busy to say the least, but allowing plenty of time for your wedding photos is THE trick to looking (and feeling) relaxed and beautiful in all of your portraits. Weddings often run behind, so planning a little extra time devoted to your portraits is a great way to ensure you’ll have the perfect shots without feeling rushed! Remember that your photographer is going to be capturing all of the personal touches and details that you’ve planned for your wedding as well as photographing your wedding party, family and (of course) you and your soon-to-be spouse. That's a lot of photos to take, so they definitely need enough time to make the magic happen! Talk with your photographer to ensure that time is on your side for your wedding day photos! Click here to read our Ideal Wedding Day Timeline post for more tips on how to make the most of your time on your wedding day!
Grecian wedding dress with soft layers -- Paper Crown dress
Stylish Boho bride & groom
Boho bride & bridesmaids in neutral colors with pink flowers -- Paper Crown dresses
And there you have it! The top three most common mistakes brides make while planning their wedding. Thankfully, these mistakes can absolutely be avoided! We hope this post will help you come one step closer to planning the wedding of your dreams!
-----------> If you are planning your wedding, and would like to have a timeline to start from (including an idea of how much time to set aside for portraits), click here to take a quick 2-question quiz, and we will email you back with an ideal preliminary timeline based on the sunset time on your wedding day as well as whether or not you would like to do a first look!
Avoid these 3 common mistakes that brides make when planning their weddings!
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