Emily Hopkins

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Planning Your Wedding


Imagine with me: you’ve finally made it to your wedding day. You’re all put together, ready to see your man for the first time, and you are feeling … [so stressed out] or [filled with excitement and joy]. Nobody shows up on their wedding day planning to be stressed out. It’s not the way we imagine it going, and yet, it happens often. And that’s okay. But I’m coming to you today with 5 mistakes to avoid when planning your wedding. Avoiding these mistakes can help you enjoy a stress-free (or stress-less) wedding. It’s my hope that by focusing on these 5 things, you will be more likely to show up to your wedding day filled with joy, not stress. Let’s get to it!



We know, we know. The moment you get engaged (heck, even before sometimes), you’re bombarded by everyone’s opinion. This has got to be one of the hardest parts of wedding planning. We empathize with you. But while you’re busy trying to manage all the opinions, don’t forget that this is your day. There are only two opinions that matter most at the end of the day: yours and your partner’s.

Feel free to make your wedding day whatever you want! Make it as personal or unique or [fill-in-the-blank] as you want. Tell your love story – the one that brought you to this moment – to set the tone for your union. Incorporate things that are meaningful to you, whether it’s a special song, a place where you had your first date or something else entirely. Put your own spin on traditional ceremonies; you don’t have to do what everyone else does. Be creative and unapologetic. By doing so, you’ll make your wedding a day you and your spouse can celebrate.



Make the planning FUN! Don’t forget to enjoy the little things. This is a time to celebrate the love between you and your partner, so don’t let yourself get overwhelmed by the little details. Do whatever you need to do in order to help alleviate some of the stress. It can be helpful to create a timeline for yourself and try to stick to it. Knowing what to complete and when will help keep you on track (thus, minimizing stress). Additionally, know that you don’t have to please everyone. Include only the opinions of those people who matter most to you, and give yourself the freedom to leave out the rest.


Ugh, reality. Nobody wants to be brought down to reality, especially when planning a wedding. But trust me, it’s going to help you out in the long run. Be realistic when you’re planning your wedding day timeline. Be realistic when you’re preparing your wedding budget. Be realistic when you’re creating that Plan B for the weather (we never can predict what Mother Nature will do). Facing reality ahead of time is one of the kindest things you can do for yourself. Be prepared for the worst-case scenarios, and by doing so, you’ll give yourself the gift of a joyful wedding day.



As you dive into the wedding planning process, it is important to not forget to take care of yourself. Wedding planning can be a lot, so make consistent time to take care of yourself. Before wedding planning begins, make sure to keep the romance alive with your partner. Whether it’s a date night once a week or just taking occasional breaks to check in with each other, it is important to keep the relationship strong. And as for your wedding day itself, build time into your wedding day timeline to sneak away and soak up the moments. Trust us, the day will fly by and you’ll be glad you had that time to be with each other.



You’ll hear it from everyone – your wedding day will go by in the blink of an eye. And it’s so true. Make sure you’re sufficiently preserving all the celebratory memories. Take the time to really appreciate this season of life by having an engagement session beforehand. This is such a unique time in your life – an engagement session can be such a sweet way of preserving the feeling of being engaged. Obviously, we suggest that you invest in a quality photographer and videographer for your wedding day. Investing intentionally on your wedding day will allow you to celebrate the day over and over again for the rest of your lives.

There you have it: 5 mistakes to avoid when planning your wedding. I hope these 5 tips help you show up to your wedding day filled with all the joy, leaving the stress behind!

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