When it comes to planning your wedding mistakes are bound to happen. No matter how big or small it is, there are so many moving parts that you will experience a hiccup at least once or twice along the way (even if you hired the BEST wedding planner).
With that being said, you do have an advantage because there have been plenty of weddings before yours and we can learn from the mistakes that those couples made (thanks for taking one for the team, guys!) Keep reading to learn three of the top mistakes that we have witnessed and ways to avoid them!
Not Having a Rain Plan
Getting married in Florida means sunshine and beaches, right? Well, not exactly… Did you know that Florida is one of the top five rainiest states in the U.S.? Although having an outdoor ceremony with the sunset in the background is ideal for some couples (and totally doable) we encourage you to have a back up plan just in case. The weather here can change in the blink of an eye which means you might have to change your ceremony location rather quickly. This means you should definitely consider the venue’s rain plan before signing the contract because there is a strong chance that you might have to use that instead!
Not Having a Good Understanding of the Area’s Yearly Events
Events happen in the Tampa Bay area almost every week. Although some are bigger than others, we recommend couples to do their research and see if anything is happening near or around your venue on the dates that you’re interested in having your wedding. If a major event is happening on the same day (such as Gasparilla) make sure your guests are aware of the traffic and parking circumstances ahead of time so they can plan their commute accordingly. We also encourage couples to avoid having their wedding during certain busy weekends such as spring break and holidays where hotel and travel prices tend to be inflated.
Trying a New Beauty Routine Right Before
There’s a pretty good chance that the few days before your wedding you are going to be stressed to the max. You may feel tempted to decompress with a little self care (which is encouraged!) but please avoid completely changing up your routine! The last thing you want is to have your skin break out or your hair appear oily in your wedding photos just because you had to try the latest TikTok trend. Instead, we recommend having a two week buffer to try out any new products and see how your body adjusts before implementing them on/around your big day!
At the end of the day, don’t forget the reasoning behind having your wedding in the first place! You and your significant other are committing a lifetime to one another around the people who you love the most. No matter what happens on your special day, that alone is worth celebrating.