Hardest Parts of Wedding Planning: What You Didn’t See Coming


There are many aspects of wedding planning that are easy to anticipate, like which vendors you’ll need to book and what style wedding dress you’ll be looking for. However, when planning such an important event in your life, there are bound to be surprises along the way.

Let’s take a look at some of the areas of wedding planning that you may not have been expecting:

Unexpected Costs

Costs that may surprise you can come from several areas of a couple’s budget.  Most often, you can expect them to come from the little things you weren’t thinking about when putting everything together.  

Jennifer Taylor, owner of Taylor’d Events talks about a lot of the day-of paper items that can sneak up on you. “Items like programs, menus, place cards, and table numbers aren’t always discussed when planning out save the dates and invites,” shares Taylor. “If you are opting for all of these day-of pieces, they will add up quickly. Be sure to ask when you are getting your initial invite estimate.”

Another area where couples tend to be surprised is the cost of floral décor. “Flowers are always a big one,” says Jamie Chang of Passport to Joy, a step-by-step program that guides couples in planning their own destination wedding.

It’s not that couples don’t know that flowers are a part of the budget, it’s not realizing how much what they want actually costs. Couples always remember the centerpieces, but tend to forget personal flowers or cocktail flowers.”

Coordinating Your Vendors

This can be an area that can cause a lot of stress in the final weeks before the wedding. When you’re initially booking  your vendors, you’re not necessarily thinking about how they are all going to work together as one big cohesive team; you’re just happy that they are available for your big day.

However, as that day grows closer, you are going to want everyone on the same page to avoid confusion. If you are planning your wedding yourself and taking care of the day-of details, creating a detailed timeline in your AllSeated account is the best way to stay organized and keep all of your vendors in the know.

If you are hiring a planner or day-of-coordinator, they can help to handle all of the coordination which is a big weight off your shoulders!

Other Peoples’ Opinions

From the day you and your fiancé announce your engagement, be ready for family and friends to start throwing their ideas at you. From the menu to the wedding dress to comparing your wedding to your friends’, your head will be swimming with other peoples’ opinions. Kim Sayatovic of Belladeux Event Design says, “I remind couples that this is their day. Your parents had their weddings and got to pick what they wanted. If they didn’t, they can always renew their vows to have the wedding day of their dreams. But this wedding is not about them, it’s about you.”

Planning your wedding will be full of wonderful moments and memories that you and your fiancé will share, but there will also be times when something comes up that you were not expecting. So remember to be prepared for every situation, and to stay calm through the surprises, and it will make for a much easier engagement.

Audrey Gilani is a PR Specialist at OFD Consulting, a wedding PR and wedding marketing firm. Gilani holds a public relations degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and is a recent bride that married her husband in true southern style. She is a proud cat mom and lover of British history and good coffee.

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