As a wedding planner, I have seen lots of mistake that newly engaged brides and grooms make when they begin the planning process…all of which can kill your budget! 

Here are a list of the top 3 we constantly see…BEWARE!!!

~ You don’t take into consideration the season you’re getting married in.  
Avoid peak wedding season (May to October) and you can save across the board on venues, limos, photographers, and caterers.
Besides your reception costs, florals are the most expensive item on a couple’s budget. Ask your florist to use seasonal flowers that are readily available.
 A hot new trend is to mix flower arrangements with other alternatives, such as candles, stones, pinecones, berries, colorful fruit in large vases, just to name a few.

~ Don’t invite everyone you’ know!
A large guest list will drastically effect your wedding day budget. The more people you invite, the more expensive your wedding is going to be…PERIOD!!
This is not the day to meet your soon-to-be’s second cousin or high school friends.  You will also need to limit the number of bridesmaids and groomsmen in your bridal party.  You will need to provide them with bouquets, boutonnieres, transportation and a gifts…doing this for 2 bridesmaids is much less expensive than doing it for 7 bridesmaids.

 ~ You end up “working” on your wedding.  
Your wedding day is one of the most special days of your life – don’t take any chances.  Hire a wedding planner; whether its just for the wedding day or thru the whole planning process, they will save you time, money and most of all stress!  You will be able to enjoy a stress-free engagement and won’t be overwhelmed with the planning process and all the behind-the-scenes details involved in making your wedding day dream a reality.  More importantly, your day will be flawlessly executed from start to finish, all while you enjoy your day as if you were a guest.

Best wishes & savvy planning!
Melissa @ Events by Missy