Wedding Planning Flubs and How to Avoid Them

Every bride-to-be runs into a wedding planning flub or two, but the trick is to make sure you bounce back the minute you encounter one of these pesky bumps in the road. Here are some common wedding planning flubs and how to avoid them.

Wedding planning flubs are a nuisance, and every bride runs into one or another at some point during the wedding planning game. You’ve secured your ceremony and reception locations. You’ve booked all your vendors. You’ve even found your dress. But then the unthinkable happens—you run into a wedding planning flub that threatens to throw a kink in the whole wedding planning process. Not to worry! Check out the following wedding planning flubs and how to avoid them so you can tackle the problem the moment it arises:

You lose/gain a few inches in between dress fitting appointments—Between stress, new diets, and different exorcise routines, it’s not uncommon for brides to gain or lose a few inches during the wedding planning process. If this happens, don’t panic. The seamstress can usually take in your wedding gown to accommodate the inches you lost easier than letting it out to account for gained inches. Either way, if the change is drastic, your seamstress or dress maker can figure out a way to alter your gown accordingly. For tricky customization in the event of excess weight gain or loss, though, be prepared to pay more in the way of alteration fees.

personalized wedding favors
Cute pink & blue personalized wedding favors.

You have to change the menu items at the last minute—Whether you learn that many of your guests have similar food allergies or the caterer cannot get their hands on the materials for your dish of choice before the big day, there are many reasons you might have to change menu items at the last minute. If this is the case, meet with your caterer and plan an alternative that still offers the flavor and presentation you want. The changes might involve something as simple as substituting a spice or type of cheese.

You send invitations out too late—If you order your invites too late or push your luck and send them out too late, consider dropping everyone on your list a line to let them know the invitation is on its way and thank them for their RSVP courtesy on such short notice. Sending out invitations at the last minute is one of the most common wedding planning flubs brides run into, but the situation can usually be easily remedied.

You forget the favors—You need to wait for your RSVP’s before ordering favors and then before you know it, your wedding is right around the corner. That’s ok! There are tons of great options that arrive in a week. Personalized favors that can be found and delivered within 2 weeks! It’s a small world. Take some time to browse, you will be surprised the options you will find.

The key is not to worry and get all Bridezilla. Stay calm. These flubs tend to have a way of working themselves out.

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A wedding planning blog that gives some free tips and trends for 2010

Was browsing around yesterday looking for the coming trends in 2010 and ran across a wedding coordinator website titled “Planning Elegance”.  These guys are one of many San Francisco Wedding Planners but they seem to not just sell their services.  Great tips and advice can be found throughout their website and coordinated Wedding Blog. They had a great article on the top 5 wedding dress trends for 2010.  My favorite one mentioned was wedding dresses that offer a hint of color in red.  What a great way to highlight a favorite color of the brides or bring in that special something to help make your wedding more memorable?

Here’s a wedding dress with a hint of red to it.  What do you think?  Do you think the editorial staff at Brides.com would feature it in their spread?

wedding dress red color accent
Wedding Dress - red color accent

After finding this dress I was inspired to find a nice matching wedding planning board in red & white.  The first theme that pops up with these colors is naturally Christmas, Valentine’s, even 4th of July BUT you can find many other ways to integrate a red hint of color in your wedding without it feeling like a holiday festival.  It took me about 15 minutes to find a red wedding inspiration board that didn’t involve a holiday so I hope the following board inspires you. Continue reading