SECONDS after the question is popped and you’ve shed happy tears over finally being engaged, you may wonder to yourself, “What am I supposed to do next?”

As a brand-new bride-to-be, you’ll have a burning urge to try and do everything at once. You’ll want to book your venue, pick your date, and put a deposit down for every single vendor in town, all in the first 48-hours of sporting your glistening new ring.

So while you scurry your way through wedding planning and begin the journey down the aisle, you’ll want to try and avoid some common mistakes that millennial brides before you have made, again and again.

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Here are the top 10 and how to avoid them.

1. EMPTYING YOUR SAVINGS ACCOUNT

As a bride-to-be, you’ll see things you want so badly you are willing to pay almost anything for them. Hold on tightly to your wallet and try not to drain your savings account paying for the wedding of your dreams.

Wondering how that’s possible? It’s simple. Set a budget early on and promise yourself you won’t go a cent over. What’s at stake if you do? Well, how about a honeymoon or a down payment on a new house? Negotiate with vendors and find deals whenever you can.

2. HIRING A WEDDING PLANNER

Planning a wedding can be stressful and time consuming, but it can also be something you find yourself paying a lot of money to have someone else do for you.

If you want to fork over a lot of cash to have a professional handle the details, you can opt in to doing that. Otherwise, save your cash and carve out a couple of hours of week to plan your dream day all by yourself.

3. SPENDING TOO MUCH TIME ONLINE

As a bride-to-be, you’ll be eager to get your hands on any and all information about what you need to do and when you need to do it by. You may even find yourself sucked in to scrolling through Instagram pages and Pinterest boards of wedding companies or past-brides that you strive to emulate.

But cut your time online in half, and spend more time offline meeting with vendors and narrowing down decisions based on what you want, and not what everyone else has.

4. EXPECTING EVERYTHING TO BE PERFECT

Your wedding might be a day you’ve dreamt of since you were a kid. But just because it’s a very special day doesn’t mean it’s a day that should be absolutely perfect.

No matter how many times you review your to-do list and make sure everything is running smoothly, things will go wrong and when they do, it’s important to stay calm.

5. MAKING DECISIONS ASAP

After you get engaged, take a couple of weeks to celebrate before rushing into wedding planning and details. When it comes time to make decisions, don’t rush into anything. Spend time doing research, meeting with vendors, and negotiating prices.

6. GETTING TOO SOCIAL

With hashtags and live-streaming becoming trends at wedding, it’s easy to get lost in social media when your special day arrives. If you want your wedding to be told as a story online, put the task in the hands of your guests to take care of, so you can be phone free for the night.

7. FOLLOWING OLD-SCHOOL TRADITIONS

Your wedding should feel modern and personal. If there are old school traditions that you don’t understand or want as a part of your wedding, kick them to the curb and don’t feel like you have to have them as part of your big day.

8. NOT BEING THRIFTY

Trade the something new for the something old whenever you can. Consider buying a used dress or even borrowing recycled wedding decorations to save money. There are many online resources you can thumb through to help you save money by buying somebody else’s something new.

9. LETTING TOO MANY COOKS IN THE WEDDING KITCHEN

Opinions will be flying your way from all over, whether they come from friends, family members, or even past brides. When you’re planning your wedding and making key decisions, stick to your gut and limit how much outside chatter you find yourself getting into.

10. FORGETTING TO HAVE A GOOD TIME

When your wedding day finally comes around, keep your eyes wide open and your feet on the dance floor. Simply put, enjoy yourself. Let nothing else matter and have the best day of your life beside the love of your life.

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