Any bride who has spent even just one afternoon wedding planning knows it takes an enormous amount of organization. With dozens of decisions, both big and small, on your horizon, creating a fine-tuned budget, laying out a well-planned timeline, and paying extreme attention to detail are key. And since this is likely your first time organizing such a large-scale event, it's easier than you'd think to fall prey to the pitfalls of wedding planning.
So where should you begin so that your wedding planning starts on solid footing? "Once your budget is established, you can make smart decisions on hiring the right team of vendors who work best with your personalities and will execute your vision for the day," says Sarah True, owner and creative director of True Event, based in Madison, Connecticut. "By having these discussions early, it will set the tone for the overall planning and result in less stress as you go through the process."
Still, even the most vigilant bride can be steered off course, and you don't want to make the same mistakes other brides have made. As you pore over Pinterest, try on gowns, sniff flowers, choose invitation suites, sample cake selections, scout venues, and book your honeymoon, refer to this list of the 50 major mistakes brides seem to make while planning their wedding, courtesy of expert planners and vendors.