Wedding Planning Season Starts This Weekend (1)

Wedding Planning Season Starts This Weekend (1)It’s the beginning of wedding planning timeline season. That’s not an official designation mind you, but with two wedding shows in as many weeks this month, it sure seems like it.

The Wedding Party Show happens this weekend. A Bridal Extravaganza is next weekend. Both shows happen at the Boise Centre on The Grove. Each show will feature information on everything doves and DJs, gowns and grooms, mortgages and makeup, photography and videography.

Here are some trends and tips for brides and grooms for the new year from area wedding professionals.

Don’t make these mistakes

Julie Kirkpatrick, author and publisher of “Your Wedding & Event Book” and producer of “A Bridal Extravaganza,” reveals the top three mistakes most couples make when planning.

– Not creating a realistic wedding budget. The national average is $18,000-$19,000. The average in Boise is closer to $12,000. “You can do it for less. There are plenty of ways to cut costs. Just create a budget you can afford and then stick to it,” she said.

– Waiting too long to book your site. There aren’t that many available in Boise, especially if you want an outdoor wedding. You need to book at least a year in advance, Kirkpatrick said.

– Not talking with your partner. “A lot gets planned by the bride and her family, but if you don’t get the groom involved and communicate, you end up with the two of you wanting different things. That creates conflict.”

Attending a wedding show as a couple is a good way to get the guys on board, she said. Once they meet the DJ and taste the cake, it’s easier to get them involved, Kirkpatrick said. The Extravaganza plans to have a TV room to broadcast NFL games that weekend.

– Tip: At both shows you’ll be asked to fill out tons of registration slips. It will save time if you print up a bunch of address labels you can just stick on.

Glenna Tooman, a wedding consultant, has been organizing weddings since the 1970s. She started her company, Memory Makers Event Planning, in 1998. Here is her list of mistakes to avoid:

– Not enough photos. “Many of my clients in hindsight wish they would have put more money into photography. Because when it’s all over, all you have are your pictures and your memories.”

– Not limiting alcohol. It’s dangerous to have it flow non- stop. “All it takes is one guest to have too much to ruin the day.”

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