While never one to really focus on planning from the perspective of “fear”, there are a few pitfalls that can be avoided during the wedding planning. I, along with a few other amazing colleagues, were so lucky to share a few of our own pointers with In Style Magazine this week. Here’s just a few of my favorites to ensure your planning gets off on the right track. If you’re looking for more, check out the original post with all the goods here. 


“A lot of DIY brides depend on friends and family to do a lot of things such as flowers or favors. It’s important to get contracts in writing no matter who is helping you on the day of the wedding because it outlines exactly everyone’s expectations and what is going to be provided. When you have friends and family who are participating—an aspiring photographer or an aspiring florist—getting things in writing is essential because you’ll be disappointed the day of the wedding if they don’t provide everything that you’ve expected.” Brit Bertino, destination event producer.


“A lot of brides and grooms stress themselves out by looking at the weather too far in advance, but I do think that once you hit the Monday of your wedding week you have a good idea of what the forecast will ultimately be on your wedding day.”

“The best thing to do, especially if you have an outdoor wedding, is to be very prepared for all types of weather. Whether it’s providing large golf umbrellas for your guests to use or, if you see the temperatures dropping, ordering heavy fleece blankets in bulk so that people are comfortable.” —Allison Aronne, wedding producer at Fête New York.


“While it’s important to provide ample transportation for your guests, ensuring you have a separate car (with the most direct route) for the bridal party is essential. Particularly with city weddings, traffic can severely derail a wedding day timeline.”

“Avoid unnecessary stress and book a private car or have a trusted guest bring you to the venue safely, ahead of schedule to decompress a bit before the ceremony starts.” —Beth Helmstetter, principal event designer of Beth Helmstetter Events.


“As a good rule of thumb, for outdoor and indoor weddings, always make sure that all the generators, inverters, and other backup sources are operating properly and ready to be used.”

“Electricity outages can happen, particularly at older historic landmarks or private estates that aren’t designed to deliver that much power all at once. It’s even a good idea to hire an on-site technician to remain on property throughout the duration of the event to troubleshoot any problems that may arise in real time.” —Francie Dorman and Britt Cole, founders of 42 North.


“Many couples give photographer second fiddle when it comes to planning and shooting time. If you want great shots, not only should you give your photographer enough time before and after the ceremony, but also allow your photographer to take action when the best lighting is. For instance, if you’ve hired an amazing photographer known for their natural light photography, but are pushing your ceremony to sunset, you may be disappointed with the end product.” —Beth Helmstetter, principal event designer of Beth Helmstetter Events.