Once your big day is over, you should be left with fab photos, a gorgeous wedding ring and lots of amazing memories. You absolutely don’t want to be left with any wedding day regrets! To make sure that you’re super happy in your first few months as newlyweds, here’s our list of the ten wedding regrets and wedding day mistakes to avoid at all costs.
1. Not spending time with guests
On the day, make sure that you’ve got plenty of time to spend with your guests. Add in extra time for mingling during your drinks reception, wander around the tables during your wedding breakfast and hit the dancefloor with your best friends during the evening. Spend time with your guests because they are what will make your day really special.
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2. Having a ‘Plan B’
You might be dreaming of great weather and the perfect day, but things can, and do, go wrong. Work through your wedding plan and make sure you’ve got a backup for every element. This will save you a lot of stress on the day as all your suppliers will know exactly what you want to do if things suddenly change.
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3. Blowing the budget
As tempting as it can be to treat yourself to everything you want, spending more than you can afford can be a big wedding mistake. Once you’ve set your budget, stick to it and know that you can afford the things you need without any stress.
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4. Ignoring the practicalities
Those killer designer heels might look great but if you’re in agony after ten minutes, are they really worth it? Be a bit practical when it comes to your outfit so that you’re comfortable and in control throughout the whole day.
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5. Stressing out
Yes, you want your wedding day to be brilliant and that’s absolutely natural. However, stressing over potential issues will really ruin things for you. If something goes wrong, you won’t notice and even if you do, your guests probably won’t. Being obsessed with perfection will stop you enjoying the day and mean you only focus on the negatives.
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6. Doing too much
It’s your wedding day and you want to plan the perfect, but putting yourself under loads of pressure to do everything is a big wedding mistake. Delegate jobs to lighten your load, accept offers of help and don’t try and turn yourself into a wedding superhero.
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7. Trying to please everyone
Adjusting your plans to try and keep all your friends and family happy definitely needs to be avoided. You should absolutely be at the heart of your wedding day plans, not everyone else.
8. Cutting back on food
This is a common regret and lots of couples really wish they’d served more. It can be easy to cut back on evening food or serve fewer canapés to cut costs, but hungry guests are never at their happiest!
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9. Not making the most of photographers and videographers
All newlyweds will tell you that they don’t regret the money they spent on photography and videography. These will last you a lifetime and remind you of your day so book the best you can afford!
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10. Trying to run the day
Whatever you’ve planned for your wedding day, when it comes to the day itself, stop planning. Hand everything over to your wedding team and trust them to look after it all. You should just be enjoying every moment because the day flies by and you can’t waste a minute of it.
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