Wedding Planners Dish on the Biggest Planning Mistakes Couples Make Ahead of the Big Day

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Wedding planning is no easy feat. (Feel free to mark that one down as the understatement of the century.) With all those tiny details flying around, it’s so easy to overlook something crucial until it’s way too late, or to miss out on a great opportunity to showcase some personal flair because you were a little too consumed by the big picture. So to help navigate the oft-rough waters of planning the perfect ceremony, we asked three wedding planners about their biggest tips for the big day – and, more importantly, about the mistakes that they see all too often. Kate Edmonds, Jennifer Taylor, and Jove Meyer give their inside scoop below.

On building a team…

“Hire a great planner to discuss the full scope of your event and to assist with the selecting of your venue. You wouldn’t buy a home without a broker and you need an expert and knowledgable advocate to find the perfect space for your special event!” Kate Edmonds

On bookkeeping…

“We see it all the time where couples book a venue without having a clear guest count or budget. Couples fall in love with a venue, but later find out it is too small for them and then they are stuck or have to lose a deposit and find a new venue.” Jove Meyer

On destination-specific details…

“We at Kate Edmonds Events encourage our brides and grooms to be very mindful of their guests’ experiences in a new area, especially as destination weddings are so popular. It’s important to make sure that they are provided with all pertinent information about the hotel, do’s and don’ts in the area, and the exact timing of the transportation so that guests can arrive on time to all events.” Kate Edmonds

On the importance of lighting…

“Everyone forgets about lighting, and lighting is everything! Lighting can change the effect of the whole design. I’d rather turn off all the lights and just have candles than have [bad] overhead lights on.” Jennifer Taylor

On a musical note…

“Don’t let the bands pick the songs. During a wedding ceremony, there are three important songs: the processional, the recessional, and the bride’s song. Those can be songs that are so special to you, like the song that was your father’s favorite his whole life, or the song that you remember singing as a kid in elementary school every morning. Pick songs that are special to you.” Jennifer Taylor

On the importance of timing…

“My professional pet peeve is when the bride and family leave a large gap between a ceremony and the reception. This, to me, is the height of disrespect for guests’ time and comfort. All dressed up in heels in the heat and nowhere to go!” Kate Edmonds

On the matter of linens…

“Big issue: tablecloths not hitting the floor. I hate that! When the linens don’t reach the floor, you can see the legs of the ugly rental tables and it’s so bad. Also, when you get rental linens, get a steamer and steam them because they’ll have wrinkles in them if you don’t do that.” Jennifer Taylor

On making things personal…

“I love it when couples add personal touches in every aspect of the wedding day. From their favorite foods to their favorite songs, there are countless ways for couples to infuse themselves in the big day!” Jove Meyer

On the wedding favors… 

“We had these two teachers that loved to read, so last minute . . . we bought a book for every guest, a book that [the bride and groom] think that that person would like to read, and then wrote a little dedication on the inside and we set them up on a little vintage bookshelf.” Jennifer Taylor

On keeping your parents in mind…

“If your dad has a work shirt that he wore every day to work, stealing one out of his drawer and cutting it into a heart and putting it into the inside of your dress, and then showing him on the day of the wedding, that’s a special moment. Or like taking your mom’s wedding veil, cutting a little piece off, and wrapping your bridal bouquet with it. Those moments I think are really special and people often forget.” Jennifer Taylor

On maintaining perspective…

“They must make it about them! It is so easy for couples to get caught up in pleasing everyone around them, from their parents and family members to their wedding party, but they should not lose sight of themselves in the process.” Jove Meyer

All three wedding planners operate out of New York City
Kate Edmonds Events website and Instagram.
Jove Meyer Events website and Instagram.
A Taylored Affair website and Instagram.

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