Top 5 Wedding Planning Myths

Planning a wedding can be a lot of fun, but it can also be overwhelming if you feel the need to live up to every expectation you’ve ever heard of. Fortunately, a lot of wedding expectations out there are purely myth, so you can rest easy and focus on what matters. Here are the top 5 wedding planning myths you can forget about.

Myth: You’re expected to wear a white dress.

Sure, it’s the traditional thing to do, and you may be someone who’s been dreaming about that white princess wedding dress your whole life. But if you haven’t, you’ll be happy to hear there are a lot more options in today’s world.

You can easily find white dresses with designs or trims in a rainbow of colors, or you can choose a fun color for the entire dress, without a stitch of white in sight. Particularly popular are pastels that give a soft, elegant glow to any bride. Ultimately, though, the choice is yours.

Myth: You’re expected to break the bank.

Picking out venues, meal options, dresses, wedding favors and more can be an exciting task until you remember than someone has to foot the bill.

Happily, a wedding is a wedding on any budget, and if you mine your creativity, you can still have a spectacular wedding, even if you’re pinching pennies. Don’t feel obliged to spend every last dollar you have, or your wedding might end up one of the most stressful days of your life instead of the happiest.

Myth: If you want to cut costs, DIY projects are the way to go.

Sometimes, this is perfectly true. But you have to be careful and realistic. For example, you may choose to make your own favors, but depending on the gift, you might end up spending more than you would if you’d bought the same gift, pre-made in bulk.

Plus, you have to consider how much time you’re putting into a project, as well as how much it could cost you if the project goes wrong. DIY wedding projects are a great way to express your creativity and have fun, but if you’re looking to cut costs, make sure you’ve done your homework first.

Myth: Cheesy music is expected.

Ready to blast the Macarena or dance to “I will always love you” by Whitney Houston? You’ll find huge lists of “the cheesiest songs of all time” out there, and many of them you’ve probably heard at weddings. And if you love those songs, by all means play them. But if you’re worried about scaring your guests off with cheesy music, then feel free to create a “Do Not Play List.” Talk to your DJ about your music tastes and concerns. A good DJ should listen to your wishes and be full of suggestions for avoiding those cheesy wedding classics. Wedding Music.

Myth: You’re expected to invite those who invited you.

Most people have attended a handful of weddings before planning their own, but it’s a total myth that you have to invite those same couples to your wedding. Maybe your guest list is already a little too long, maybe you don’t know the couple very well, or maybe your relationship with them has changed over time. Whatever the reason, your guest list is your choice.

Featured Wedding – Jarvis/Markwell

Below are some inspiring wedding photos from the Jarvis/Markwell wedding reception.
All photos were taken by Z Photography in Chicago.

































































































































Featured Weddings: Jaye-Fernandez

Cara Jaye
& Fernando Fernandez

October 10, 2009

The Arboretum Club in Buffalo Grove, IL

First Dance Song:  Stay With You by John Legend

DJ: Music By Design

Photos: Schademann Studios

Honeymoon:  Holland America Cruise

Q:  Going into the wedding planning process, what was your biggest concern?

A:  Figuring out where to get all of the services. My cousin recommended The Knot.  I really like the way you could search for vendors and utilize the message board.

Q: How was The Knot’s message board useful?

A: I would post questions and check back and have at least 3 or 4 answers. I was having a difficult time finding invitations at a reasonable price, so I posted a question and within hours I had a suggestion for Invitation Consultants. They were great!

Q:  When planning your reception, what do you feel was a good use of your money?

A:  I think the best use of our money was the photographer and the DJ. Everyone got enjoyment out of both of them the most.

Q: If you had it to do all over again, is there anything you would change?

A: The flowers were the only thing that I would change. Even though we did not spend a lot of money on flowers, I felt it had the least amount of impact on our day.

Q: What was it that attracted you to Music By Design?

A:  The emphasis on no cheese. I hate weddings that feel like a kid’s party.  I had been saying that all along and when we went to MBD, it was exactly what we were looking for.

Q:  In terms of the reception, what did you like about Music By Design?

A:  We had the opportunity to make the evening really personalized. I really like how much input we got to have. It felt like us and I am really grateful.

Q: What was your favorite part of the reception?

A: We had a lot of people on the dance floor all night, but we had a big group in from New York so when we played Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York it got everyone on the dance floor!

Q: Where did you go on your honeymoon?

A: We went on a one week Caribbean cruise with Holland America Cruise line.  We were looking for a good deal so that we could splurge on things we really wanted to do.  I have always wanted to go horseback riding on the beach.  It turned out to be my favorite part of the honeymoon!

Q: Looking back, what advice would you give to engaged couples?

A: Have fun, chill out and enjoy the day.  By the time my wedding day came, I didn’t care about any little detail.  Everything was perfect.

Please enjoy the following pics from Schademann Studios