Planning a wedding is tough. There are so many details (both small and large) that are SO important from finding the perfect venue and dress to the type of cake and flowers you will have. If you are in need of a little help on what all you need to do, download our free wedding planning checklist that tells you what all you need to do at different times in your planning timeline. Even though there are so many things you need to remember, there are also many things you want to be sure to avoid during your planning. We found this great article from Glamour all about 10 wedding planning mistakes you want to be sure to avoid that we thought would be helpful for you.

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Here are 10 wedding planning mistakes you want to avoid:

1. Ignoring Your Budget

Be sure to create a budget and stick to it. Too many brides spend way too much money before they have even thought about creating a budget they must stick to.

2. Rushing Into Decisions

You do not want to make decisions on a whim. Planning your wedding is such an exciting time and it is easy to want to book the first venue and buy the first dress you find and love, but looking around and checking out other prices can be very beneficial.

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3. Hiring The Wrong Photographer

As you all know, SnapKnot knows how important your wedding photographer is to your wedding. Your photos are one of the only things you will have to remember your special day with for years to come. It is not always best to choose the cheapest photographer out there, or even the most expensive. You need to find the photographer that is best for you and the type of photos you are looking to get.

Here is a great article all about wedding photographer prices as well as a great list of 15 questions that you should be sure to ask your potential wedding photographer.

4. Overthinking Decisions

Do not overthink things when it comes to your wedding. Be sure to research and checked references, then trust your gut and go for what it is that you want. It is your wedding day so you and your soon-to-be should get to plan it the way you would like.

5. Not Leaving Enough Time For Photos

Just as we said before, your wedding photography is important. These photos will be what you look back on your wedding day with your children and grandchildren one day so you want them to be great. Make sure you schedule out enough time on your wedding day to take photos. You want to take some while you are getting ready and with your bridal party. You may want to take first look photos and be sure to capture many photos of all your family and friends as they have a wonderful time during your special day.

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6. Spending Too Much On Your Venue

If you spend too much on your venue in the beginning you will be worrying about the amount you have left and will be penny-pinching the whole time. You do not want to spend so much on your venue that you have to choose other vendors that may not be your first choice because you have to go with vendors and suppliers that charge less which means you could be getting an inferior service or product.

7. Hiring A Friend

Your best friend may have a great camera or bake amazing cakes and has offered to help you out but this is not the time for a friend to launch their business or to even take chances on a friend. You want to make sure you hire a professional for your wedding photos or any other services you need so you can be sure that all goes smoothly and you get what you have envisioned for your special day. For example, if you friend happens to not take the photos you wanted, or the cake does turn out the way you thought, it may be very hard to tell them that you are not happy with the work. You do not want to have to worry during your wedding about upsetting your friend so staying away from hiring a friend is a great idea from the beginning!

8. Getting Professional Planning Advice After A Mistake

You will find that it is hard to recover from a mistake after it has been made in your wedding planning. Once contracts have been signed and deposits paid, things are pretty set in stone and a planner would not be able to come in and save the day.

If you plan to hire a wedding photographer, do so from the beginning, not after you have been planning on your own and make a mistake. In hiring them from the beginning, they will be able to save you time and money which is wonderful because they already know so many vendors and the resources needed to get you the most for your money.

9. Getting Too Attached

When planning an event as large and in depth as a wedding, you need to try and not get attached to anything. If you already have a specific color or venue picked out before you even start your planning, you may be setting yourself up for disappointment. Keep an open mind and you can plan as you go. You never know if the venue you wanted is available, or way out of your budget, and the beautiful roses you have always wanted to use may totally clash with the colors of the venue.

10. Not Realizing How Much Time It Takes To Plan

It is hard to plan a wedding and it can impact all aspects of your life. It can be stressful and impact your health if you let it get to you, even your relationships, your mood and your job. Be sure not to let your wedding planning totally take over you life because you want it to be a happy time, not a stressful one. Be sure to continue to make time for date nights, relaxing, kicking back with a good book or exercising.

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