Once the excitement of being recently engaged starts to wear off, just a little bit, you'll find yourself eager and excited to dive into wedding planning. Even though weddings are known for a lot of negative things, including how much they put a strain on your wallet, how many headaches you'll get, and even how many decisions you'll have to make, it can be a very enjoyable experience as long as you shake your head at common wedding planning myths. Here are six all-to-common myths that we think you should definitely avoid and ignore when you begin planning your own big day.
1. Doing DIY Will Save You Cash
It may seem like a good, inexpensive idea to DIY your wedding decorations instead of paying a professional to make them, but you may end up spending more than you think. Unless you have access to all different types of crafts and supplies, purchasing all of the necessary materials individually may have you spending double.
2. You'll Go Broke Throwing the Wedding of Your Dreams
Wedding are infamously known for how expensive they can be and how you, or your family, will practically go into debt trying to through the party of a lifetime (We see you, George Banks). But it doesn't have to be more expensive than you can afford. Set a budget early on and make a list of must-haves verse nice-to-haves.
3. You Need to Hire a Wedding Planner
It may seem like the only way your wedding is going to be planned from start to finish is if you hire some professional help. But, truth is, even if you're not the greatest at event planning, you can turn to many free resources and save a couple thousand dollars in the process. (Or just hire a day-of planner to help you through your actual wedding for a fraction of the price.)
4. You Have to Have an Even Bridal Party
If you and your fiancé have a different amount of people you want to ask to be in your different wedding parties, you don't have to invite one more or one less to make the number even. It's okay if you have eight bridesmaids and he has six groomsmen.
5. You Have to Invite Them If They Invited You
When you're planning out your guest list, erase the thought that you need to invite people to your wedding just because they invited you to theirs. Even if their wedding was many years ago or just last month, only invite them to your wedding if you want them there.
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6. Wedding Planning is Stressful
Planning a wedding can be filled with a lot of stress, anxiety, and pressure from family members, who want to get involved in every single decision. Wedding planning can also be a therapeutic and fun experience. Just make sure you keep organized, set a budget, and try to enjoy yourself throughout the entire wedding adventure.
Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.