10 Mistakes Bridegrooms Make

Not Sticking to the Budget

Money flying in the air over dance floor
WHITNEY NEAL STUDIOS

When the wedding planning kicks off, you and your partner will be tempted to say yes to everything, too fast and too soon. Take a step back before signing vendor contracts and selecting a venue to come up with a budget and pinky promise each other you’ll stick to it.

Forgetting to Announce Your Engagement

Save the date
​FLORA & FLAUNA; EVENT PLANNING BY TALL & SMALL EVENTS; PRINTING BY CZAR PRESS

Right after you pop the question, don’t forget to pick up the phone and call your close family members and friends. They’ll want to hear it directly from you—not from that Facebook or Instagram photo you post a couple of days later.

Handing Out Verbal Invites

Invitations
SERGIO SANDONA; EVENT PLANNING BY JULIE LINDENMAN EVENTS; STATIONERY & PAPER GOODS BY EPOCH DESIGN

Fresh off the engagement excitement, you may be tempted to tell people here and there that they’ll be invited to the wedding, but try to refrain from tossing out verbal invites. Wait until you sit down with your SO to discuss a concrete guest list.

Calling Your Ex to Announce Your Engagement

Trust us, your ex will find out soon enough. There’s no need to send a text or give them a phone call to notify them. Enjoy the place you are in right now—with the person you’re about to marry—and refrain from going backward into the catacombs of past loves.

Skipping Meetings With Your Wedding Vendors

Cocktail catering
RYAN RAY; EVENT PLANNING BY MINDY WEISS PARTY CONSULTANTS

Accompany your other half to meetings with your vendors like the DJ, florist, caterer…you get the picture. These are the vendors you’ll shell out the most cash for, so it’s important to attend these meetings and give your two cents.

Signing on the Dotted Line Too Soon

Man sitting on couch signing paperwork
PAT FUREY

Before paying any wedding vendor or signing a contract, look it over a couple of times, double check reviews and other options, and mark up any contract terms you’d like to change or adjust.

Neglecting Your Wedding Registry

Just think of it like shopping for a couple hundred birthday gifts that will help you kick off this new chapter with the love of your life. Be involved when selecting registry items with your spouse-to-be, and if there’s something you especially want, ask to have it on the registry—within reason, of course.

Ghosting on the Wedding Planning

Bride sitting on the stairs
GETTY IMAGES

While your partner might be lost in a sea of Pinterest boards and wedding planning magazines, that doesn’t mean you should be a ghost during the whole process. Offer to look through their idea books and Excel spreadsheets every so often to stay in the loop.

Forgetting to Tip Your Wedding Vendors

Reception table
ONELOVE PHOTOGRAPHY

When you’re creating your wedding budget, plan ahead for vendor tips and extra incidentals that may pop up along the way. Keeping aside a couple hundred dollars now will help ensure that there are no financial surprises later on.

Saying “I Don’t Care.”

Slices of various cakes
DANI COWAN PHOTOGRAPHY 

Remember this phrase because it is truly one of the worst things you can say during the wedding planning process! Even if you find yourself indifferent about a certain detail, make an effort to really look at the options and have an opinion either way.

Culled from brides.com By Jen Glantz

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