1. Perfect Timing
The biggest wedding day mistakes come from running late! Keep everyone calm by giving yourselves plenty of time to get ready when wedding planning. Then you can relax, pop open the fizz and have fun on your wedding morning.
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2. Keep Organised
With armfuls of shoes, bags and beauty products, not forgetting suits and dresses, your dressing room can quickly become cluttered. Wedding day mistakes start to happen when things go missing, so try to stay tidy and keep mess to a minimum.
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3. Wedding Bands
Wedding day mistakes don’t get more disastrous than this! Check, check and triple check that the best man or ring bearer has both rings present and correct.
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4. Engagement Ring
Remember to move it! By swapping your engagement ring to the other hand, your ring finger will be clear to seamlessly slide on your wedding band during the ceremony. You can pop your engagement ring back across afterwards for the all-important photos.
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No matter how sure you are that you won’t cry, someone will! Be prepared for every possibility so those happy tears are easily cleared. Include stocking up on tissues in your last-minute wedding planning.
6. SPF-free makeup
You don’t want any wedding day regrets, but if your photos made you look luminous, we bet you would have some. SPF can cause the camera flash to make your skin appear excessively bright and white, so choose SPF-free beauty products for the big day.
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At the ceremony
Are you going unplugged or would you like to request participation at points from your guests? Don’t forget to share your wishes before the ceremony begins - your ushers can help with this.
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8. Cue Cards
There’s a fair amount of pressure as well as pride when you give a ceremony reading. Make sure they’re word perfect by preparing prompts or cue cards.
If you’ll be using a phone or iPod to play your ceremony music, make sure it is fully charged. A back-up power pack is also handy, just in case! You don’t want any wedding day regrets, and walking down the aisle in silence could be one of them...
It’s not something you’d typically associate with making your vows, but not having cash on you is one of the most common wedding day mistakes. After the ceremony, you’ll need to purchase your marriage certificates. You can do this later if you do forget, but it’ll cost you more.
At the reception
11. Try the canapés
So many couples tell us they were so busy with greetings and photos post-ceremony that they never tried their canapés! You chose these delicious bites with care, so create your wedding day timings to ensure you enjoy them too.
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12. Bustle your train
Whether you’ve chosen a cathedral-length train or a shorter chapel-length style, when you hit the dance floor you don’t want it getting caught. Bustle up your train (your boutique should show you how) for style and practicality at the party.
13. To host or not to host
The traditional receiving line may have fallen out of favour, but many couples will still want to say hello to each of their guests to avoid any wedding day regrets.
Make a plan for how you’ll tackle this, whether it’s mingling during the drinks reception or taking the traditional route, so you don’t spend the entire day hosting rather than celebrating.
14. Take a moment for two
In the whirlwind of your wedding day, it can be surprisingly easy to not actually spend an enormous amount of time together. Take the time to slip away at least once together. Have a cuddle somewhere quiet and share your experiences on this most romantic day. You’ll be glad you did.
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15. Enjoy it!
There’s a huge amount going on and expected of you at your wedding. Don’t let those take over and leave you with any wedding day regrets. Instead, focus on having the time of your lives and the rest will take care of itself!
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After the wedding
16. Post thank you notes
Wedding day mistakes can still happen after you’ve said ‘I do’. Be sure to thank each guest for joining you at your special day and for any cards or gifts.
17. Preserve your day
From having your dress dry cleaned and boxed up to drying your bouquet, saving significant mementos of your day can help avoid having any wedding day regrets for years to come. These do need to be considered during wedding planning when the process needs to be completed quickly, for example preserving your flowers.
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Keep these 17 wedding planning steps in mind and you’ll be sure to avoid the worst wedding day regrets. Want to take extra steps to ensure your special day runs smoothly? Check out these 10 wedding planning mistakes to avoid making them too.