21 Early Mistakes to Avoid While Planning Your Auckland Wedding

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Here at Larosa Wedding Photography, we believe that your wedding could be one of the best days of your life. 

All you have to do is plan right and hire the best wedding vendors in Auckland. While planning your wedding, however, some simple mistakes could make things difficult.

They can make your wedding planning experience a bother and have you feeling defeated before you even start. So, what are these mistakes, and can you avoid them? The answer is yes. Here are five early mistakes to avoid while planning your Auckland, New Zealand wedding.

20 wedding planning mistakes that couple do during planning

Here are 21 common mistakes list that couple often make when planning their wedding

  1. Not Creating A Budget
  2. Not Relaxing
  3. Not Finding A Balance
  4. The cost of your wedding blows your budget 
  5. Sending Out Your Save The Dates Too Quickly
  6. Getting Attached to Specific Flower Types
  7. Allowing others to choose your wedding party
  8. Putting too much money into one dress
  9. Too late to order your wedding dress
  10. Not booking hotel rooms in time
  11. Skip the Videographer
  12. Paying too little for invitation postage 
  13. Too many guests
  14. Micromanagement of Your Vendors
  15. Asking Too Few Questions
  16. Not working with professional
  17. Trying to Go It Alone
  18. Ignoring the important things
  19. You don’t spend enough time on hair and makeup
  20. Bouquets aren’t matched with dresses
  21. Don’t plan your decor without considering the venue
  • Not Creating a Budget

It may be a little hard work, but it’s something that you have to do. You cannot pay as you go when it comes to your wedding in Auckland. You’ll run out of money in your first week of planning!

Making a reasonable budget that you follow very strictly is the best idea. To do this, determine how much you and your partner are willing to spend on your wedding.  Once you have that full amount set, you can then take the next step. That step is to designate costs to your various wedding details like your food, venue, photography, etc. Doing this will save you a lot of stress in future.

  • Sending out your save the dates too Quickly

There’s a chance that the euphoria that comes with getting engaged will have you itching to click send. It’s even worse now that you can probably do it with the click of a mouse on your laptop. Please try to resist the urge.

If you don’t, you’ll ask yourself what you were thinking at some point in your wedding planning. Chances are, you’d have invited your entire mailing list to your wedding, and how will you plan for that?  You have to be very practical and logical about who gets to come to your wedding.

  • Not Relaxing

Getting stressed and not resting because of your wedding planning will backfire. As much as you want a perfect wedding, it would be best if you were in good health too. 

Throughout your process of planning, you have to take deliberate steps to relax and de-stress. Some of those include things like delegating and taking a break. It would help if you also employed as many wedding planning tools as possible during your planning period.

  • Not Finding a Balance

Please try as much as possible not to let other aspects of your life suffer because of your wedding planning. One way you can do this is by taking time out to relax, as suggested above. Plan your time correctly, and do your best to stick to your plan. That way, you won’t have to end up rushing or have too much to do at one point in your planning.

  • Not Working with a Professional

If you want a beautiful wedding celebration, you have to work with the right team. Your wedding needs NZ vendors who are good at what they do and are dedicated to making your wedding a success too. So, make sure that you carry out extensive research on every vendor you work with and ensure that they are the right fit for you.  

  •  Getting attached to specific Flower Types

When you book your florist a year before your wedding, they can only guess which blooms will be in your price range and available on your wedding day. It is possible to be disappointed the day of the flower show if your heart is set on orchids. Make sure you add backups of your main blooms to your contract. Instead of thinking about specific flowers, think about colours and shapes.

  • Allowing others to choose your wedding party

Your wedding party is yours, which means you’re the one narrowing it down to your closest friends and family members, regardless of gender, familial ties and many other factors. Selecting people to please a family member can also lead to sticky situations, so it’s better to choose what feels right to you. After all, it is your special day. 

  • Putting too much money into one dress

A $1,000 budget for your bridal look does not mean you will be able to purchase a $1,000 gown. Don’t forget to figure in taxes and shipping if you’re not buying off the rack. A few alterations will likely be needed as well. When budgeting for your overall look, don’t forget to include your undergarments, shoes, veil, hair accessories, and jewellery.

  • Too late to order your wedding dress

Customise or order wedding dresses by the six-month mark or earlier if you need to. Because your dress will be custom-made (and possibly shipped from overseas), allow ample time to receive the piece and complete fittings. 

  • Not booking hotel rooms in time

Newly engaged couples often make this wedding planning mistake. In the case of a busy season and not looking into hotel availability in advance, you may have trouble securing rooms for your guests, so book as early as possible. Make sure your block is booked at least eight months in advance by including hotel information on your save-the-date cards, wedding website, and invitations.

  • Skip the Videographer

For most couples, photos are an important part of their wedding, but videos allow you to hear your partners’ voices as they say their vows and watch your friends dance the night away. With a professional videographer to document your wedding, you can relive those special moments you may have missed on the day, such as interactions with grandparents, that you’ll definitely want to cherish for a lifetime.

  • Paying too little for invitation postage 

  Wedding invitations usually require additional postage. You should weigh your invitation at the post office before purchasing your stamps, and be aware of any price increases.

  • Inviting too many guests

There should be a match between the number of guests on your guest list and the maximum capacity at the reception site. If you make a reservation for 300 people, you cannot invite 400 people. While wedding venues wouldn’t accommodate your guests and if they do adjust you may charge extra to accommodate you. First, analyse your guest list. Then book your wedding venue.

  •  Micromanagement of your Vendors

You’re booking talented professionals who understand your vision, so let them do what they do best. After your initial meetings, it’s best to step back and let the pros handle the details (and maintain good relations with them).

  • Asking too few Questions

Being polite to your vendors is important, but you should also make sure you get all the information you need. Be sure to ask specific questions, so you know exactly what you’re getting into. 

Get it in writing from your vendors. It may seem awkward to ask the pros so many questions, but it will help you both make informed decisions.

  • Trying to go it Alone

Taking advantage of the help of friends or family members is a great idea, especially if you’re soon to be married. Many people try to do it all, which can be overwhelming. Utilise all the resources that are available to you. When people offer to help, such as your mom, future mother-in-law or best friend, find a task for them to complete, such as researching a vendor or addressing invitations. You should keep in mind that these volunteers do not work for you, so you should accept their contributions graciously.

  • Ignoring the important things

Just remember that you will be starting a new life together when you get married. Be kind to each other (and to those helping you plan the celebration). Because weddings involve heavy decisions, tension, whether between you with your partner or with your loved ones, is inevitable.

  • You don’t spend enough time on hair and makeup

Work on a day-of plan with your hair and makeup pros, then pad the time your wedding party has with each pro to ensure you’re properly photographed before you leave for the ceremony.

  • Bouquets aren’t matched with dresses

It is impossible to hold awkward bouquets gracefully, and they cover more of the dress than many brides would like. Send a photo of what you will be wearing to your florist for them to see your dress and match the bouquet size and shape correctly.

  • Don’t plan your decor without considering the venue

When creating floral arrangements and table schemes, you need to consider your reception space. Your decor should be centred around a large window with a great view. Invest in the venue itself rather than spending so much money on other things.

Are you searching for a professional wedding photography and videography team for your wedding? Here at La Rosa Wedding Photography, we make sure that every client we work with is satisfied.

Want to see what we mean? Then check out our gallery to see more our work. We would also love to hear from you. Contact us today!

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