Weddings are stressful, to say the least. Stress can lead to you making mistakes. While having some mistakes happen is inevitable, as you can’t account for the unknown, here’s a few blunders you can prevent.
Overdoing the Makeup
Going overboard with the makeup can be easy to do for a wedding. After all, it’s one of the biggest days of your life, and you want to look perfect. In doing so, you still overdo it. You look like a mess. It’s a contouring disaster. There’s too much blush, you tried a new foundation that doesn’t match your complexion, and you’ve clearly used too much makeup.
If you have a friend whose makeup game is strong, ask them to help — even if you are normally a makeup pro. This can help cut down on over analyzing and compensating, to the point where you cross the line from “beautiful” to “overdone.”
Alternatively, if you can afford it, hire a professional who has styled for weddings before. Chances are, you can find someone to not only do your makeup, but your hair as well. It’s the most expensive option, but it’s also the safest.
The Wrong Attire
If you are having your wedding on a beach, invest in a good pair of sandals to wear on your wedding day. If not, stick with classic formal shoes, such as high heels for the bride. After the ceremony, you can kick off the uncomfortable-but-stylish shoes and slip into sandals.
The point is, choose appropriate attire, and be sure to explain what the dress code is to your guests. If your dress code is “festive casual,” explain what that means so your guests don’t show up dressed to the nines only to find the cake is actually a pile of donuts and dinner is two dozen pizzas.
The same goes for the aforementioned beach wedding. In that case, it might be best to tell everyone to show up in a Hawaiian shirt and shorts, instead of formal outfits.
The Cash Bar
The average open bar at a wedding costs between about $1,800 and $3,000. The problem is that guests hate having a cash bar. Speaking from experience, a Jack and Coke for their guest and their plus one costs $11 on the cheap end. Is that the way you want to treat your friends at your wedding? Not likely.
But really, this isn’t just about the bar. It’s about being aware of your budget, and not blowing past it. Open bars are expensive, sure, but it’s something you can plan for. No one is going to remember the exact flower arrangement on each dinner table, while they will remember throwing an absurd amount of money at the bartender.
Make a list of priorities. What do you want, and what do you need? Can you skip having a DJ and just ask the best man to manage an iPhone connected to speakers with a pre-set playlist? Can you DIY your venue or decor? If yes, you can avoid the dreaded cash bar.
The Matching Tattoos
You might be thinking of getting matching tattoos to commemorate your wedding. Maybe something like your anniversary date and the name of your new spouse. If you do, go for a small tattoo. It’s better, however, to not go cliche, and think outside the box.
Instead, get something that will remind you of each other. More often than not, couples tattoos are cringe-worthy, and you want to avoid that at all costs. Avoid tattoos that are only half an image and require the other person to line up to make sense. Don’t get the exact same tattoo, either, if you can help it. Make it something unique, something you identify with, but, again, reminds you of your partner. Customize the tattoo to your tastes.
It’s easy to fall into classic wedding traps and make mistakes. With a little planning, knowing who will do your makeup, what the dress code will be, what your budget allows, and definitely not getting a matching couples tattoo during the honeymoon will all help you avoid the worst blunders.