The second topic in our Top Ten series deals with wedding décor. Décor is intended to accentuate your wedding and your venues, but sometimes it can take the spotlight away from the important people of the day. Here are some of the most common décor issues to avoid in your wedding planning!

1. Don’t Overdo It

Elaborate is one thing – excessive is another. Be careful you don’t overdo the decorations in your excitement over the wedding!

2. Keeping It Too Simple

On the other end of the spectrum, it’s entirely possible to keep your décor a little too simple. Try to avoid the plain and predictable table settings or the single flower centrepieces – even minimalist décor has a little pizzazz.

3. DIY-Happy

Homemade décor is a wonderful way to add a personal touch to your wedding, but believe it or not, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. There are some things – like lighting, sound, or even centrepieces – that are best left to the pros.

4. The Homemade Cake

If you’re going for the down-home look for the entire wedding, then baking your own wedding cake is the perfect way to save money, but be careful! If you’re going for a more upscale look, it may be a good idea to spend a little more on the cake – it will look better, and it will take a load off of your shoulders. Stress is the last thing you need to be taking on right before your wedding!

5. Matching Game 1: The Flowers

It’s one thing to pick flowers for your wedding, but it’s easy to forget just how important it is to match your flowers! Colour scheme is easy, but remember to match the style of your flowers to the style of your dress so your décor makes sense.

6. Matching Game 2: The Dress

Of course, when you’re choosing your wedding dress, you want to have that special moment, but make sure to consider how your dress will work with the venue you’ve chosen. If you’re going for a beach wedding, don’t pick a heavy dress with a cathedral train!

7. Matching Game 3: The Venue

The most common mistake made when it comes to the venue is thinking that any décor will fit into any venue. If you need to, adjust your theme and colours to fit your venue: don’t try to have a shabby chic wedding in a luxury hotel, for instance.

8. Floral Research

You’ve got an idea of what flowers you’d like to use for your wedding, but don’t make the mistake of neglecting your research! Find out what flowers are in season for the date you’ve selected to make sure you can actually get the flowers you want and that they won’t have an exorbitant price tag.

9. Friendly Helpers

Friends are great to have around as you plan your wedding and can help reduce stress. They may also have great ideas that you can use in planning your décor, but keep in mind that they may not have the training required to keep your wedding looking professional and running smoothly. Don’t depend on them for this unless you’re completely certain they’ll do the best job you could ask for!

10. Shop Around

Think the first vendor you talked to gave you the best possible deal? This is one of the biggest mistakes you can make when it comes to your décor. Be sure to shop around, both to get an idea of fair prices and to make sure you find a vendor who understands your vision.

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