What You Might Regret Most About Your Wedding Day
Every wedding is special and unique, and a beautiful day for the bride and groom. However, that doesn’t mean that everything went perfectly or that the couple would do it the same way again. All couples are likely to have some regrets from their wedding day; here are some areas that real brides say they would change if given a second chance.
Not Creating a Must Have Shot List
Most wedding photographers provide couples with a form where they can list the names of family members and the bridal party, as well as write down their must have shots. If there are specific pictures you want or groups of people you want in a shot together, be sure to fill that section out carefully. Provide your photographer with a detailed list of the pictures you want to be sure you have from the day. Don’t assume your photographer knows what pictures you want or will gather people together for group shots. This includes a group shot of your family; if you want one, put it on the list.
Hiring a Friend
Working with friends and family members can be a great way to save money and have fun, but be sure that they are qualified for the job and are dependable. Sometimes couples feel pressured into accepting help from a friend of a family member or someone else that they don’t personally know very well. If you are in that sort of situation, be sure to meet with the person ahead of time and make sure they can handle the responsibility. If you don’t feel comfortable with the situation, hire a professional instead of risking extra stress and problems on the day of the wedding.
Skimping on Photos and Video
Not spending enough on photos and video of the special day is another regret that some brides face after the wedding. You don’t have to blow your whole budget on a wedding photographer, but be willing to spend enough to get someone who will do a great job. Trying to save money by hiring a photographer who is not as experienced can result in less than ideal pictures and video from your wedding. Remember that you only get one chance to capture the special moments from your day; it is usually worth stretching your budget a little to make sure the results are amazing.
Not Having a Video
Like the point above, one of the brides decided not to have a wedding video made at all and now wishes she had. You may think you have no reason for a wedding video because you are unlikely to ever show it to someone. That may be true, but it is likely that you will want to watch it yourself to look back on the day as time goes by. It can also be a fun way to get a bigger picture of your wedding day because when you are in the midst of it there is so much going on that you tend to miss things. Having a video gives you a fuller view of the day and is usually worth spending money on.
Not Hiring a Wedding Coordinator
A wedding coordinator is an invaluable addition to a wedding day. Having someone who is outside of the event, but who knows exactly what is going on and what needs to happen when, makes a big difference in the flow of the day. A wedding planner also helps you as you prepare for your wedding. Planning a wedding is a huge project that is stressful and can be overwhelming at times, and a professional wedding planner reduces that stress. They have the experience to keep the planning on track and make sure everything goes smoothly on the wedding day so that the bride feels like a “guest at her own wedding.” As you move toward your special day, consider the things these brides say they would do differently to help make sure that your wedding is everything you want. No wedding is perfect, but avoiding some of the regrets of other brides can help your wedding be as perfect as possible.