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Brides tell: what was the most expensive mistake I made at my wedding?

We get it - you don't want to waste any more money than you have to, considering your wedding day is probably destined to be the most expensive day of your life! But planning a wedding when you haven't done it before, can sometimes mean costly mistakes. We spoke to four different brides who were married in the last 18 months, about what they would consider to be their most expensive mistake at their wedding.

I liked it, but I didn't love it...

Katherine, 34, has mixed feelings when she looks at photos of her wedding dress. "I would have to say my wedding dress was my most expensive mistake. I liked my wedding dress, but I didn’t love it like a bride should," she says.

"Due to time constraints I think I just settled on something that looked ok, but not necessarily amazing. If I had my time again, I would have gotten my dress made in the design that I always wanted."

Not feeling that you have enough time to fit in wedding planning in with the rest of your busy life, can be a big reason to rush your choices and end up spending money on things you like, rather than love. Wedding planners can free up some of your free time for the tasks which are really important to you. Why not let us take care of hiring the reception seat covers, while you have more time to go shopping for the perfect dress?

My honeymoon was just THE WORST!

So many couples can't wait for the honeymoon, which should be a relaxing break after all the busy wedding day preparations are over, and a time to revel in the joy of being newlyweds. However, Ashley, 36, did not end up with the honeymoon she had dreamed of.

"I had delegated booking our honeymoon to my fiancé (the only thing he actually was responsible for), as I was so under the pump with the wedding planning. The honeymoon was was the part that I was most looking forward to, and he totally dropped the ball, and didn't book anything until the day before our wedding."

"It was a knee jerk choice, and we had the worst holiday I have ever been on," she says. "I wish I could have had someone help me instead of trying to do everything myself, so I could have focussed more on the things that actually mattered to me."

Not the best start to a lifelong commitment with your partner! Having a wedding planner to help you will ensure you can manage your time wisely, and spend time on the things that are important to you, as a couple. Oh, and we're also pretty good at checking in with you to make sure the honeymoon has been organised, well in advance of the day before the wedding!

It's what I didn't spend money on, not what I did.

Danielle, 44, wishes she could watch her ceremony again - but as she didn't spend money on a videographer, she's not able to. Her biggest mistake ended up being something she didn't spend money on, rather than something she did.

"I regret not spending the money on a video. And also, not getting someone to look after the music... I was trying to control everything myself," she says.

Instead of being present in the moment, and having peace of mind, Danielle was stressing about the music, and getting songs cued for the first dance. Sometimes spending additional money on suppliers like videographers can be an insurance policy, as it's hard to change your mind after the day is done. It can be a similar story when it comes to using a wedding planner - as you probably won't be 'doing over' the wedding, having a wedding planner will ensure that everything is well planned and executed to perfection, saving you from regrets in the months and years to come.

Our budget went out the window...

Not sure what everything is going to cost? You're not alone. Christelle, 34, found that she underestimated the costs of the event styling, but as she and her partner really wanted particular elements for her special day, they were determined to make it work.

It was lucky that she and her partner were able to rearrange a few items in their budget, but under-budgeting can be a big problem for many couples who find they are in too deep, too late. This can mean a 'wedding hangover' of debt which lingers for months, or even years, after the wedding day!

"The extra amount spent was not regrettable, as I believe this was very good value. It was just more costly than anticipated," says Christelle.

By having a wedding planner, you're ensuring that you have some realistic ideas of how much your items and services will cost, and a good wedding planner will help you to track your budget along the way to make sure there are no unexpected blowouts.

We don't want you to have regrets about your wedding. The best quote we've heard about wedding budgets says:

Weddings aren't about spending the least amount of money or the monst amount of money. They are about spending money on the items that mean the most to you and your partner, and on what will give you a day to remember.

Why not splurge on a planner, who will give you peace of mind and ensure you have no regrets?

Click the link below to contact us about planning or coordinating your wedding day or event, and find out how we can make your day a little easier - and save you from any expensive mistakes.

Happy planning!


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