It seems that no matter how many weddings I attend or how many post-wedding conversations I have with the bride, the same mistakes keep popping up over and over and over again. And it’s not necessarily their fault; after all, we all like to think we’ll do whatever it takes to make our wedding the best of all time. But just in case you’re the reasonable type that wants to learn from others’ mistakes, here’s a list of the most common:

1.) Going over budget. Honestly, it’s a slippery slope. If your wedding costs $10,132 and your budget was $10,000, you’ve done a damn good job as far as I’m concerned. But things tend to add up pretty quickly, and before you know it, your big day could be passing the $15,000 price mark. Stay within your means unless you always want your wedding to be a sore subject.

2.) Being predictable. This is your day to do whatever you want! You don’t have to play “Here Comes the Bride” when walking down the aisle, you don’t have to get married in a church, and you don’t even have to wear a white dress! So many brides and grooms complain later about not making their wedding day more personalized.

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3.) Taking over everything. Fun fact: your groom is a part of this wedding, meaning his opinions must also be valued. Even if he’s not involved in the planning, there will be one or two things he’s passionate about, like the band or the food. And if he doesn’t want to decide, he will tell you at least what he doesn’t want. He might be unable to decide between buttercream and cream cheese frosting, but he knows he doesn’t want lemon.

4.) Not hiring professionals. Let me be perfectly clear here: you need to hire professionals for certain aspects of your wedding, period. All those gorgeous wedding photos you see on Facebook from your friends’ weddings? A professional did that. Hire your little sister, and your photographs will look exactly like what they are; photographs that your little sister took.

5.) Undervaluing comfort. Those four-inch heels you bought for your wedding dress? They’re going to hurt later. That gown that weighs 22 pounds? It’s going to wear you out. In either situation, you will spend some time on the sidelines taking a breather. Many brides regret not bringing an extra pair of flats or a lighter, more danceable (yes, it’s a word) dress for their reception. This is your wedding, so trust me when I say you’re going to want to be participating in it as much as possible.

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