When it comes to planning weddings, design is the fun part. Whether you’ve had an idea of what you want since you were a little girl or you’re inspired by things you’ve seen recently, design is your chance to put it all together and create a day that feels like you. But it can also be stressful. Really stressful. Because when it comes to design, the possibilities are endless — which is definitely a blessing and a curse. Luckily, following a few guidelines can help ensure that your day is perfect for you. Here are the major mistakes you want to avoid when designing your wedding.

  1. Choosing Items That Aren’t In Season Or Are Hard To Find

You really need to think about when your wedding is — and where it is — when you start on your design. Sunflowers in the middle of a New England winter won’t just be impossible to find, they’ll also probably just look out of place. Asking a wedding planner or local vendors about what they recommend can be a huge help in finding out what is easy to source. Trust me, it will make your life way easier.

  1. Falling Into The Latest Pinterest Craze

I know — it all looks so beautiful, right? You go to Pinterest and there are endless stunning options for your wedding. They all look elegant. They all look simple. And many look really to DIY. Don’t believe it.

There are a couple of things to bear in mind with Pinterest — the first is that it’s way too easy to see and pick designs that are outside of your budget. It can drive a bride crazy if you sit there sifting through hundreds of options that you just can’t afford. Don’t stress yourself out — there are plenty of ways to have an amazing wedding, no matter what your budget is.

The second thing to bear in mind is that there’s just so much to see on Pinterest that you can get overwhelmed. You don’t want your wedding design to turn into a total mish-mash of every latest trend and crazy fad. Instead, focus on a few design elements that feel true to you.

3. Doing What Everybody Else Does

Finally — and most importantly — be unique. You may have been to some weddings in the past that looked beautiful, but this is your wedding. Sure, you can use other ceremonies for your design inspiration, but, ultimately, this is your day.  So make it about you. Someone can have a stunning, lovely wedding — but that doesn’t mean it’s representative of you or your relationship. You want it to be as original and fresh as your love is.

Designing your wedding can be the most fun part of wedding planning, but it can also be overwhelming. Sticking with ideas that are easy to source, within budget, and, most importantly, special will help you create the perfect day that’s unique to the two of you.

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