Don’t let these common wedding day mistakes ruin your special day!
When you’re planning your wedding, you want the big day to be absolutely perfect. The teams at our amazing venues will always do everything they can (and a little bit more) to give you the best day possible but there a still a few wedding day mistakes that too many couples make. The good news is that they’re all really easy to avoid and with these wedding planning tips from planner Helen Hopkins of Pudding Bridge, wedding mistakes will be a thing of the past!
1. Running out of time as you’re getting ready
Oh yes, this happens far too often. One minute, you’re lingering in the shower, the next you’re panicking because it’s time to leave. “Speak to your hair and makeup team about how much time they need and ask them to give you a detailed timeline of their plans. That way, if you feel the timings are tight, you can talk it through in advance of the day. Often hair and makeup artists factor in additional time but it’s always worth knowing that beforehand.”
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2. Feeling a bit wobbly
It’s super important that you remember to eat before your ceremony as Helen explains: “Ask one of your nearest and dearest to oversee food in advance of the ceremony. It doesn’t need to be fancy – some sandwiches or even just little snacks will make sure that you eat before the main event. It’s likely that the drinks reception after the ceremony will fly by as you’ll be busy chatting to guests and working with your photographer. So, ask your catering team to arrange a tray of canapés or food just for you to keep you going until the wedding breakfast.”
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3. Still organising and planning on the big day
Now this is the time for you to STOP PLANNING and just enjoy yourself. Delegate responsibility to someone you trust or hire a planner to help you. Enough said on that one!
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4. Not getting enough time with your partner
This is the most important wedding day mistake to avoid because this is your day! Here’s Helen with some great advice: “Think about stealing a little time together after the ceremony in a private area or room while your guests grab a drink or sneak off after the wedding breakfast and speeches to take a walk in the grounds. A few minutes together to chat will make all the difference.”
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5. Missing out on photos that you really wanted
Your wedding might be the first time you’ve had all your uni friends together in one place for years or family from around the world might be arriving. This all needs to be captured so get prepped in advance. “Make sure that you give your photographer a full list of any photographs that you want from the day. Give them this info in plenty of time and ask the ushers and bridesmaids to be on hand to help round people up because this can save so much time.”
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6. Not managing to speak to all your guests
When all your family and friends are together, you really need to make the most of it and Helen has the perfect solution: “A wedding day often goes by in a flash which is why I love a wedding weekend! Why not extend your celebrations to include something the night before or on the following morning? By adding a BBQ or even a walk followed by a trip to the local pub, you’ll have so much more time together.”
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7. Forgetting to say thank you
Now the speeches are a big moment in the day. They can be funny, emotional, heart-warming or heartrending but they should always include thank yous to all the people who’ve helped you. Missing someone out is the wedding mistake that won’t be forgotten quickly! Here’s Helen’s advice to avoid those blushes: “Ensure that you don’t forget anyone by making a list of all the people you want to thank in advance and get someone else to check it! Bring a few copies of the speech with you and hand one to a responsible guest just in case your own copy goes missing.”
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8. Only having a ‘Plan A’
Having a contingency plan in place is an absolute wedding essential and making sure other people know your plans and can help you out is crucial too. “A few weeks before your wedding, write a wedding day handover. Include everything and anything of importance and that way, you’ll worry much less on the day. Include a full timeline, details of all of your supplier details, contingency plans and notes about any of the special things you’ve planned. Distribute these notes to suppliers, bridesmaids and groomsmen and anyone else who might need a copy. Really think through all the elements of your day – how are you getting to the venue? Do you need to take an overnight bag? Who will collect up cards and gifts for you? Run through the day, step by step, in your head well in advance.”
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9. Concentrating only on the details
Now we love wedding details as much as you do but what we love more is seeing couples who are totally present in the moment, enjoying what’s going on around them. Now’s the time to let go… “Letting go can be so hard, especially as you may have spent months or even years creating the perfect day,” says Helen. “Creating your wedding handover will really help but, if something isn’t quite right, try not to let it upset your day. After all, your guests are there to enjoy your company, not the perfectly positioned place cards.”
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10. Forgetting what the day is really about
This is the wedding day mistake that really breaks our hearts so please, listen to Helen here: “Try to remember that the day is all about the two of your and your love for each other. Nothing else. Sometimes, there might be a little hiccup but I promise you, no one notices. All they want is to see you happy.”
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