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Wedding Planning Mistakes to Avoid | San Antonio TX | COMPLETE weddings + events

Planning a wedding can be overwhelming and time seems to fly during the process! Because things come at you fast in this time, it’s easy to make a few mistakes. You may be trying to save money or time, but there are just some things you shouldn’t cut corners on! Here are a seven mistakes to avoid:

Assuming Invited Guests Will RSVP “No”San Antonio Wedding Photography

 

There’s a good chance that you’ve created a list of people you’re going to invite and a list of people you expect to attend. You may even give your caterer and reception venue a number of attendance based off of the people you expect to say “no”! However, there are going to be a few people that will likely surprise you and end up attending your wedding. Don’t count anyone out, if you don’t want to exceed a number of guests then simply don’t invite those guests!

Allowing Others to Tell You Who to Invite

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If you’ve already decided on a wedding venue, then you’re likely limited to the amount of people you can invite to your wedding. Plus, with catering and other expenses it may be expensive when you start inviting every single person you’ve ever met! With that being said, remember that your wedding IS your wedding after all. You go ahead and invite who you want to invite, and don’t let others tell you who you should/shouldn’t invite!

Skipping the Hair/Makeup Trial Run

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You never truly know what you’ll look like after the hair/makeup makeover until all is said and done. So, shouldn’t you at least go in and try things out to make sure you have the look you’re going for? Makeup artists and hairstylists create dramatically beautiful looks, but if all that eye shadow and volume isn’t you, make those decisions ahead of time.

Allowing Cellphones During the Ceremony

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Your ceremony should only include one photographer, the one you hired. (Hire two professional photographers if you want extra stunning shots!) Trust us, no one else will capture a better picture, and someone is bound to forget to turn their phones on silent and keep the flash off. The LAST thing you want is for your great aunt to ruin the ceremony by blinding the officiant with her iPhone’s flash!

Letting Others Talk You into Traditions You Don’t Want!

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The chicken dance, the dollar dance, receiving line, etc. There are so many things that could go into a wedding that you either love or you hate. With that being said, if you’re all for the chicken dance at your wedding, don’t let anyone tell you to cut it! However, if you can’t stand the dollar dance and everyone tries to tell you to add it, don’t listen to them! This night is about YOU; don’t allow anyone to sway your opinion.

Second Guessing Choices Made

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With so many choices being made and so many options, it can be easy to second guess decisions you’ve already made. If you second guess the choices you’ve already made, then all you’ll be doing during your planning process is second guessing! We urge you to be sure of the choices you make, but once you make those choices be confident in them! Otherwise you’ll only add stress to the process.

Not Hiring Top Notch Vendors

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The vendors you hire act as a team on your wedding night. One weak link on the team could ruin all the great plans you’ve set for the evening. Don’t cut corners when it comes to hiring wedding vendors. Be sure they work well together, are super-experienced with weddings, and have great reviews!

We hope these tips will help ease your wedding planning. We urge you to be sure of your decisions made, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Most importantly, have fun throughout the process because it only happens once!

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The Most Epic Reception …from the perspective of a married wedding DJ | San Antonio TX | COMPLETE weddings + events

Stress is a choice.

I said it, you probably want to throw your computer right now (calm down ‘zilla). There are so many things about weddings that stress us out. Feeling anxious? Worried you might forget something? Will so and so show up? Why do we put ourselves through all of this? (I’ll get to this later). So many things stress us out leading up to the biggest day of our lives, but do they have to? A couple things to remember as you head into the chaos:

There’s beauty in the imperfect: Your day will be your day. No one can take that away from you and your partner. Take it all as it comes and let go, choose to smile, and be grateful for the glorious gift of love. On my wedding our venue lost power for over an hour and a motorcyclist bumped into our car and tried demanding we pay for his beat up bike. Each incident we smiled and held hands a little bit tighter.

Choose awesome vendors: As I get older (I’m freaking 32 now!!!) the more I realize how valuable and rare, awesome people are. Also, I don’t know what it is about the wedding industry that attracts very selfish people. Pay attention to the vendors who are more interested in your experience than the latest trend or gadget. If photography was only about the camera, you could hire my 5 year old niece (she’s super adorable btw). Or if DJing was only about music you could just bring a smart phone (don’t do it). The truth is, you’re not buying/renting photos, or speakers, or a video camera. You’re buying an experience.

So quit the whole stress charade; it’s just your response to chaos. Take a deep breath, accept the imperfections and choose the right vendors who are awesome.

 

So why do we put ourselves through all this again? Because it’s an epic day where we feel all the feels. That’s why.

 

-Dane Peterson, Complete Weddings + Events

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