Avoid These Three Costly Wedding Planning Mistakes Before You Say "I Do"

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Three survival tips from wedding planning expert Jennifer Taylor for do-it-yourself brides and grooms. How-to advice to help keep costs low, reduce stress and ensure a happy, memorable wedding for everyone in the bridal party.

It isn't easy planning a wedding, especially when you've never ordered a cake for 250 people or booked a cover band. Many couples like Crystal Williams and her fiancé, Jeff Fry, don't have a lot of extra time to call vendors and shop around for the best deals. Desperate for help managing all of the logistics and costs - and hoping to save a little energy for their honeymoon - Williams and Fry decided to a wedding planner. What used to be a luxury service only celebrities and elite couples could afford is now becoming the norm for the more than 2 million couples expected to tie the knot in 2009. Williams says she wouldn't be ready to walk down the aisle without the help of her consultant, Jennifer Taylor.

"Since I've never been married before, I just assumed I needed to buy everything for my wedding like centerpiece vases for the reception, but Jennifer showed me that I can actually rent some of these things for far less money," said 32-year-old Williams. "Her tips and advice like this saved me quite a bit of money!"

Avoiding costly mistakes: Survival tips for do-it-yourself brides and grooms

According to CNNMoney.com, the average cost for a wedding is around $20,000. Taylor sees a growing number of couples who try to keep costs down by planning their own weddings. But if you haven't planned a wedding before, you can make costly mistakes. To help do-it-yourself (DIY) couples plan an affordable and memorable wedding, Taylor designed a number of special bridal services. Here are three of the biggest mistakes Taylor sees couple's make and her tips for DIY wedding planning:

1. Not being organized: "This is where I see people wasting the most money and time," said Taylor. "Paying attention to the details up front is the secret to having your wedding go smoothly. Your planning will pay off in peace of mind - and pocketbook."

2. Don't minimize memories: "One of the biggest mistakes I see couples making is cutting back on the things that matter most, like photographs. I always tell my clients to think about what their priorities are; you don't want to scrimp on making memories."

3. Not asking before the big day. "Even though people have access to the internet these days, I still find that everyone from the groom, to the Maid of Honor, to the mother of the ring bearer has questions. This can result in painful and costly mistakes, like the best man forgetting to bring the wedding ring to the reception. Don't be afraid to ask. I offer my clients a monthly subscription service starting at $200 for one month for unlimited questions from anyone in the bridal party."

About Taylor'd Events by Jennifer:

Founded in 2005, Taylor'd Events by Jennifer provides on-site wedding consultation services for bridal parties based in Washington State and online subscription services for people across the country. For more information about the company and its services, contact Jennifer Taylor at 425-587-1507 or visit Taylor'd Events by Jennifer.


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