12 things you’ll wish you did at your wedding

At CHWV, we understand weddings. Having assisted over 10,000 brides in the planning of their wedding day, we let our blog readers in on our insights into the top wedding regrets by listing ‘12 things you’ll wish you did at your wedding’.

Make sure you don’t end up listing one of these as one of the things you wished you had done at your wedding…

1. Allowed yourself more time

While it might take you an hour (or so!) to get ready to go out on a Saturday night, it will take you significantly longer on the morning of your wedding. You might be going to the hairdressers, having a professional make up artist, and also getting ready with your bridesmaids. It can also take some time to get in to that special dress, especially if you have an abundance of buttons at the back. The last thing you want is to feel rushed as you leave for your ceremony. Give yourself plenty of time and plan to be ready half an hour before you want to walk out of the door – just time for a sip of Champagne and a few photographs.

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2. Worried less about the details

With months spent planning a wedding, you’ll undoubtedly fluster over every small detail – from ribbons and favours to perfectly positioned menus. When it comes to the big day, it can be tempting to stay in planning mode, checking that every flower is in place and that your playlist is in the right order. This is not the time to stress over details! Take a step back, remember that this is the day you’ve been dreaming of and that no one will ever notice if something is out of place. Relax, and enjoy every moment of your wedding.

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3. Had a videographer

The thought of having a videographer at your wedding can seem unnecessary, and perhaps even a little intrusive. The reality is that after your big day (and for years to come), you’ll want nothing more than to be able to live it all over again. A good videographer will be discreet on the day and compile a wonderful montage of your day. They will also capture moments that, as the bride, you aren’t able to witness – your friends and family gathering at your ceremony venue for example, and your fiancé awaiting your arrival.
 

Naz & Brad from MintySlippers on Vimeo. Filmed at Gaynes Park, Epping.

4. Planned a receiving line

The traditional receiving line is often seen as rather old-fashioned and formal – greeting each guest as they walk in to dine. In fact, when it’s well managed, it’s a wonderful way of spending just a minute or two with each and every one of your guests – something that can be challenging once the wedding breakfast begins. It’s also a great way of making sure that guests who perhaps don’t know your parents or new in-laws are introduced before the celebrations begin. Consider before dismissing.

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5. Taken some special moments

Many couples say their wedding day passed them in a blur of excitement. Be sure to take a little time out during the proceedings, just to step back, savour the moment and spend a few precious minutes with your new spouse. Ironically, on your wedding day, the person you often don’t spend enough time with is the person you’ve just married!

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Image courtesy of Teme Valley Photography

12 things you’ll wish you did at your wedding | CHWV
Image courtesy of Paul Willetts

6. Enjoyed the food

As you and your guests are seated for the wedding breakfast, you’re likely to be in a whirl of excitement. So much so that you don’t pay much attention to the food placed in front of you. The same probably goes for the delicious canapés served beforehand that you’ve spent months choosing. Chances are you’ve selected your menu because you love it, so at least try to savour a few mouthfuls. On a practical note, eating and drinking plenty of water will also help prevent a painful morning after!

12 things you’ll wish you did at your wedding | CHWV
Image courtesy of Gemma Williams Photography

12 things you’ll wish you did at your wedding | CHWV
Image courtesy of Nick Wild Photography

12 things you’ll wish you did at your wedding | CHWV
Image courtesy of Nick Wild Photography

7. Spoken a few words

Wondering whether to make that bride’s speech or not? If you’re in doubt, why not take a stand and go for it. Keep it short and sweet and make sure the other speakers at your wedding know you’re planning on saying a few words yourself. Far better to go for it than to sit in silence and wish you had.

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8. Chatted to more people

It’s almost guaranteed that, at the end of your wedding day, you’ll feel like you haven’t spent enough time chatting to all your guests. Instead of attempting to fling yourself around the room and snatch conversations with everyone, relax in the knowledge that it’s almost impossible, and just enjoy the moments. Try to spend a little time with guests who have travelled a distance or who you don’t get to see very often and plan a post-honeymoon get together with your nearest and dearest.

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Image courtesy of Gemma Williams Photography

9. Discussed images with the photographer

While it’s important to choose a photographer whose style you admire and who you get along with, it’s also crucial to discuss the content of the photographs with him or her. A good photographer will be sure to take plenty of shots of all your guests, but they won’t know who Great Aunt Joan is, or that you want a photo with her and your favourite cousin. Put together a list of important shots, discuss them beforehand and ask one of your bridesmaids or ushers to point people out on the day.

10. Practiced our first dance

The first dance is a special moment, and many couples wish they’d planned their dance a little instead of just swaying around the dancefloor. While we’re not suggesting you go for a full-on choreographed number, it’s a great idea to at least have a dance around your sitting room beforehand. You might find your chosen song is just too slow (or too fast) to dance to, or that you want to have one or two dance lessons just to look a little more ‘polished’!

 

11. Enjoyed the entertainment

If you’re planning a close-up magician or any other form of entertainment, make sure you take a little time to enjoy it. While you’re hosting a party for your friends and family, it’s important you experience it too!

12 things you’ll wish you did at your wedding | CHWV
Image courtesy of Gemma Williams Photography

12 things you’ll wish you did at your wedding | CHWV
Image courtesy of Gemma Williams Photography

12 things you’ll wish you did at your wedding | CHWV
Image courtesy of Gemma Williams Photography

12. Made an exit

While it’s oh-so-tempting to stay until the bitter end, there’s something rather nice about leaving your own wedding and waving farewell to your guests. We’re not suggesting you head home after the first dance. In fact, you don’t have to wave goodbye until the early hours. But, planning a ‘newly weds departure’ is romantic – you want to feel as special when you leave as you did the moment you walked down the aisle.

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