Top Wedding Mistakes You Might Want To Consider, Before You Make Them …

posted on 4 May 2012 by The Tie The Knot Team
posted to Wedding Tips & Advice


Since we’re here to help you avoid the pitfalls that are most common to weddings, we thought it only fair to prepare you for common mistakes people make with their weddings.

The average South African wedding apparently costs around R70k, from start to finish, including the dress, rings etc. But it’s not clear if this is with or without the reception and the subsequent honeymoon.

Bottom line is: you’ll be spending too much dosh to have something fundamental go wrong. Here is what to watch out for:

  • Forgetting that your guests are there to share your wedding moment with you. You do not owe them a four-course meal…
  • Asking too many people to be in the wedding party – this not only increases the cost, but also your stress levels – you won’t need 8 bridesmaids
  • Not setting a budget – overspending can be one of your biggest regrets
  • Taking on other people’s priorities – this is your wedding
  • No back up plan for the outdoor wedding – sometimes it really does rain
  • Not forking out for music – a reception with music from your iPod might sound like a great way to save money, but it won’t necessarily get people up on their feet
  • Being late – it might be fashionable to be late for a party, but not for your wedding, unless you want the groom to have palpitations whilst waiting for you to march up the aisle
  • Not explaining the rituals of the ceremony – don’t assume that your guests will understand the beautiful symbolism you have spent hours choosing, print them in a programme and provide the words of hymns too
  • Losing perspective – get a grip, whilst your day is important, it isn’t that important. Rule #6 applies here – don’t take yourself so ^%&* seriously
  • Don’t hold the bachelor party or the hen’s night the night before the wedding – unless you want to arrive looking like a dog’s breakfast
  • The song is too long – time whatever piece of music you use to walk down the aisle, you don’t want to be left standing in anticipation alongside your husband-to-be whilst the piece drones on and on

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