Planning a wedding in Los Angeles can be very overwhelming. There are so many things to take care of and details to remember that some things can get rushed and not taken care of properly. A wedding planning can ask you ten questions for approval, and you can be so flustered that you give him or her an answer without really thinking.

But this is how mistakes are made. This is how you can wind up with bland food or a bouquet you don’t really like. No matter how much there is to take care of when planning a wedding, details like these are very important. After all, it’s one of the biggest days of your life!

Here are some of the biggest mistakes that couples make when planning a wedding, and how to avoid them.

Sending Unclear Invitations

Plus ones. Kids. Attire. These are all things that need to be clearly addressed in your wedding invitations. If you don’t want your godparents to bring their seven-year-old, but their fourteen-year-old can attend, you can avoid confusion by not only stating that your wedding has a no-kids rule, but by also utilizing a response card well. Write the names of the guests you want to invite on the response card, and have guests check off a “will attend” or “will not attend” box. It’s also smart to clearly state what the dress code is, if you have one, as well as your plus one policy.

Choosing A Date That Doesn’t Work

This happens mostly with holidays that tend to span over a few days and often require people to go out of town, such as Christmas or Thanksgiving. You don’t want your wedding guests to have to sacrifice going out of town to celebrate the holidays with their family. Other times, a wedding can be scheduled for the same day as the Super Bowl or another big event that’s important to guests—and you certainly don’t want them glued to their phones or sneaking off to a nearby sports bar to check in on the game during your wedding.

If there’s some reason that you have to host your wedding around an “inconvenient” time, the best thing to do is to check with the guests who you absolutely must have at your wedding to see if they can actually make it. It’s also a good idea to send out your Save the Dates months in advance so that everyone can schedule accordingly, if they’re able to.

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Having Cash Bars

Every expert in the wedding planning industry agrees: cash bars at a wedding are just not cool. Guests should simply not be expected to pay for drinks at a wedding reception. That’s what makes them guests! If your wedding budget doesn’t allow for an open bar, instead offer guests a limited selection of beer, wine, or champagne. Or you can be trendy and only serve a signature wedding drink!

Booking A DJ With No Variety

It’s important for a wedding DJ to play a variety of songs so that everyone can dance at least once, if they want to. A good DJ will know this, but it’s smart to book an experienced DJ with good reviews so that you don’t end up with nothing but rap or techno all night long. Your grandmother should be able to dance to “At Last”, your parents should be able to dance to Tanya Tucker, and you and your new husband or wife should be able to dance to anything else you want!

When planning a wedding, it may be a good idea to get a sample playlist from the DJ you’re considering—or at the very least, talk to him or her about their selection.


When it comes to planning a wedding in Los Angeles, our team at Olympia Banquet Hall can help. We are event planning professionals who also offer a stunning wedding venue. If you’re considering a banquet hall for your wedding, please check out our gallery, or feel free to contact us with any questions you may have!

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