Common mistakes that couples make when planning a wedding
It’s wedding season and we thank God that we’ve attended a couple of weddings that some were good, while others were faced with “unnecessary” hiccups. As entertainment equipment providers we’ve always striven to give our clients the best and at times go an extra mile doing jobs that were not even part of the contract because it hurts seeing someone’s event tumble while you can help-reason as to why you should choose Red Berry Exp as your only entertainment equipment providers. Every couple especially the bride, deserves a memorable experience. We ought to think we have indispensable planning secrets but we are not wedding planners so after reading this article, please don’t ask us to plan your wedding but you can share article’s link with your planner for sure.
Here are some of the mistakes that couples and wedding planners make when planning a wedding:
1. Not checking with mother Nature
Weddings are beautiful and so are the brides, their gowns, the guests and even the decor but all things can turn messy if your planner doesn’t consider the weather. You can imagine the disaster of experiencing a heavy downpour just right before you spell your vows, or having a hotter- than- hot summer tents and it messes your make-up. Regardless of whether you have a make-up artist on standby, there will be a lot of time wasted. Having said that, then we can all agree that it is indeed important to consider the weather and all this can be done through phone apps that are available for free on either app store or play store. Remember to cross check since some are not that accurate. Its also important to prepare too but only a good planner with a good budget will guarantee you a drama free experience if any of the above happens.
2. Failing to Take it one step at a time.
Ever heard of the saying “If you don’t plan, then your planning to fail?” Well, we are great believers of that saying and every of our explanation is based on our 9 year experience in the events industry. Couples that don’t put together a planning schedule or do things one by one in a logical order, end up taking on too much too fast and everything starts snowballing around them. An example of this is when one hires a vendor before they confirm their wedding date, or book a band before you confirm logistics involved like power supply or the space.
3. Not getting organizationally focused
This is a good point that we got from an online article but we thought it would be a good point for most couples and wedding planners here in Kenya. Couples or wedding planners should compile all their correspondences with vendors, notes they make during meetings, and photos or tear sheets from magazines they want vendors to see. One should setup a special email address dedicated to their wedding, and store important vendor numbers in their cell phone. Did you know that there’s a wedding app that can help you plan all your info digitally on-hand at all times? Well, now you know so make google your friend.
4. Not scheduling setups
A lot of vendors will promise an early morning set-up but it also matters with the size of the wedding. Weddings with a large number of guests require a lot of equipment thus increasing the amount of setup time needed. You must make sure that there’s ample time for setups. You can even negotiate with the vendors to set up a day before the wedding date. This guarantees you less drama and time to enjoy your day.
5. Not investigating wedding blackout dates
In as much this does not affect Nairobi weddings, I feel like its something that most couples should consider. Imagine getting stuck in traffic for more than an hour while your guests are waiting. It even builds up suspicions of a run-away bride. With the traffic in Kenya especially in Nairobi, you have to be very realistic and even discuss routes to use with traffic in mind. I have seen some couples hiring police escort as well, but I think this is a jerk move at times because regardless of it being your day, you have to be mindful of others. Use simple apps like google maps to keep track of the traffic jam.
6. Not prioritizing their people
I have attended a wedding where the bride’s side looked lost. This is because the bride failed to prioritize her family members and the other looked a bit more organized even with the dress code. Its quite embarrassing to the family members but am African too and I understand that there are so many factors that come in play in most weddings. My approach or advice would be, place immediate family, bridal party and best friends on top of the list; follow with aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends you can’t imagine celebrating without. Under that, list your parent’s friends, neighbors, coworkers and so on. Its also good to select one of your family members as a representative in your wedding planning committee. That way your family will not feel left out all.
There is a lot more that we could put down but we feel that the above topped our list but feel free to contact us for consultation.