6 Common Houston Wedding Planning Mistakes | Moffitt Oaks

Our Chosen Top 6 Wedding-Planning Mistakes from Martha Stewart Weddings.

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Mistake 1: Making Plans Before Setting a Budget

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Picking a dress or wedding venue prior to establishing financial parameters is a lot like shopping without glancing at price tags and then strolling up to check out with your fingers crossed. You risk falling for a gown or location that breaks your heart when you realize that to afford it, you’d have to cut your guest list in half—or cancel the honeymoon. “The three initial hurdles are budget, guest list, and venue, and they should be tackled in that order,” says planner Lynn Easton of Easton Events in South Carolina and Virginia. “Your budget defines your options and drives your decisions.” While drawing one up, “include charges for overtime, gratuities, and car services from the start,” advises New York City planner Marcy Blum. “By doing so, you avoid throwing money at things you weren’t prepared for.”

Houston Wedding Planning80% of my job is educating clients about weddings and painting realistic expectations. Let’s face it, you will have one in your lifetime, and there are certain things you just may not know about. Creating a budget is a Catch 22. You have no idea what a wedding cost, but you have to determine a budget? You don’t need to visit venues, dress shops, DJ’s, caterers etc. to start pulling a budget together.  My advice is for you, your fiancé and parents to meet and discuss how much each of you are willing to pay monthly for your wedding and still be able to pay your bills. Multiply that amount by the number of months you are planning on being engaged, and wala, you have your budget! Don’t get stuck on the number of guests or event date, because you may not be able to afford 200 people in 6 months. You could however afford 200 people in 12 months! Keep an open mind, and find out your monthly wedding allowance. I guarantee this will help ease the budget stress!”


Mistake 2: Not Having a Rain Plan

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If yours is an outdoor event, rain on your wedding day isn’t just ironic, it’s a game-changer. Too many people are tempted to just hope it won’t happen, which is the planning equivalent of sticking your fingers in your ears and yelling, “I can’t hear you, Rain!” Bicoastal planner Lyndsey Hamilton of Lyndsey Hamilton Events says, “People don’t want to put the deposits down for tents, umbrellas, and golf carts they might not need—you pay 50 percent and lose it if you don’t use them. But if you don’t book them early on and are marrying during peak wedding season, tents might not be available when the weather starts to look iffy.” Meet with the tent company six to nine months ahead and think of the deposits as an investment in your peace of mind. 

Houston Wedding Planning“Let’s face it, we’re in Houston, Texas and the weather has a mind of it’s own! Don’t let this scare you into an indoor wedding if your heart is set on an outdoor wedding. On average, Houston has 65 rainy days a year. This isn’t enough rain days for you to completely plan on an indoor wedding. With that said, you and your event planner should discuss rain contingency plans while your planning your outdoor ceremony. In the case you do have to move your outdoor ceremony indoors, your planner can just pick up and go instead of having to bother you with questions. Here at Moffitt Oaks, we plan your rain contingency during your 3-planning sessions. We want the day to be stress free for you, so we discuss every possible scenario!”


Mistake 3: Planning a Too-Long Party

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It’s the event of your lifetime, but it shouldn’t feel like it lasted a lifetime. “It’s tempting to get so excited that you map out a marathon celebration, with pre-vow drinks, a lengthy ceremony, another cocktail hour, a multi-course dinner, three hours of dancing, an after-party, and more,” says planner Calder Clark, owner of Calder Clark in Charleston, South Carolina. “But industry insiders agree that a five-hour reception is the tip-top of what people can enjoy and still exit laughing. The evening should have a natural end.”

Houston Wedding Planning“Five hour ceremony and reception is the perfect amount of time for your wedding celebrations. Wedding professionals didn’t just come together and say, five hours works for everyone, right?!? No, we have planned enough weddings to know that events that last longer than five hours tend to lag. Your Moffitt Oaks Event Coordinator will prepare the perfect timeline that will allow you to have all the important moments during your wedding. Trust us, five hours for ceremony and reception is ample time!”


Mistake 4: Mistiming Vows

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Schedule your ceremony to get the best photos. “Figure out when the sun goes down, then chat with your photographer about the ideal start time,” suggests Easton. “There is a ‘golden hour’ just before the sun sets that photographers love to take advantage of.” Think of it as nature’s airbrushing; you just have to make an appointment for it.

Houston Wedding Planning“Here at Moffitt Oaks, we have predetermined our ceremony start times based on the sunset time per month. One less thing you have to worry about!”


Mistake 5: Micromanaging

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Drawing a map for the bus drivers is a great idea. Plotting out bathroom breaks and a second-by-second schedule for your coordinator, waitstaff, and DJ? Not so much. “Folks forget they’re dealing with seasoned professionals who can forecast—down to the nano-second—how the party should go,” says Clark. “Be clear about what you want, but know that offering trust and creative license to your team produces a better end result for all involved.”

Houston Wedding Planning“I once had a couple that gave me a list of what pictures they wanted after their ceremony and the exact time for each picture. I honestly didn’t know what to do with information because I knew the times allotted per picture wouldn’t be able to be possible. There is always that one uncle or cousin that wants to go to the bar before taking the family pictures. We have to be able to go with the flow. Imagine your timeline as a guideline. It’s ok if you do not have your cake cutting at 6:18pm as planned. As wedding professionals, we promise to make sure your timeline is going to be followed to a certain degree. If your dinner was planned for 60 minutes, and we finish in 45 minutes, let’s move on to the next steps. That’s 15 extra minutes of dancing with your family and friends.”


Mistake 6: Sweating the Small Stuff

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Your brother may forget to bring the programs you spent last weekend hand-stamping, your mom may insist on leading a conga line at the reception, and your father-in-law may call your boss “honey” when they’re introduced. But who cares? You’re marrying the love of your life! “Too often we see couples get so wrapped up in the details that the focus shifts from the celebration of a marriage to a fixation on the ‘stuff’ of a wedding,” say Maria Baer and Kelly Seizert, co-owners of Ritzy Bee Events in Washington, D.C. “It’s hard to have fun and be present in this once-in-a-lifetime moment if you’re worried the peonies in the centerpieces are one Pantone shade off.”

Houston Wedding Planning“Just relax. Your big day is going to be perfect because you’re marrying the man or woman of your dreams! Mentally prepare ahead of time that something isn’t going to be as planned. Let whatever that is happen, and focus on the importance of the day; your fiancé, family and friends. Everything else is going to be fine!”

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