The top ten regrets
“My biggest wedding regret was having a family friend take photos instead of hiring a photographer. She had a lot of heart, but the pictures were really disappointing.”
“OMG I DID NOT GET A PICTURE WITH MY MOTHER. We were LITERALLY together ALL DAY and we do not have a posed photograph that is just the two of us!”
“My biggest regret is not getting a professional picture of just me and my sister. I have one with my whole family and with my sister and my friend/officiant, but not one of just me and my sister.”
“Not booking the photographer for the whole night. We booked our photographer for five hours, but I wish we would have sprung for seven or eight. It wasn’t a huge deal, but I would have liked to have photos of the reception food, speeches, the favors I worked my ass off on and have literally no pictures of it.”
“My only true and lasting regret: not spending more money to hire a competent photographer, period!”
Tip 1 : Do your homework, choose your photographer 8 to 12 months in advance, but negotiate the hours and cost so that it suits your day.
Tip 2 : Show your photographer some sample pictures that you like. You don’t need an exhaustive picture list, just talk to your photographer about what’s important to you. This give your photographer creative freedom to do the best on the day.
“Having a family member make my cake is my wedding regret. While she was a trained pastry chef and the cake was delicious, it just didn’t have a great presence.”
“Trying to save money – We hired an inexperienced baker and wound up with a cake that was entirely too small for my 300+ guests. It was not only too small; it was awful! Dry, bland, and gritty. Word to the wise, don’t skimp on the cake budget. Go with a baker who knows what they are doing. It’s worth every penny!”
tip : Get recommendations or ask to see testimonials from prospective vendors. Get writen confirmation of exactly what’s included
The wedding dress
“I regret choosing a dress too early. I didn’t have the money to buy a new one, but I didn’t like the style a year later.”
“My biggest wedding regret is being too cheap to get my dress bustled! I dragged it around all night and tripped over it way too many times.”
“Not make my dress quite so tight. Just because the waist can be tighter doesn’t mean it should be.”
tip : start your shopping early, confirm timelines in writing for delivery and dates of alterations before making the purchase.
“I didn’t lock in a venue before the other details — like my dress!”
“Leaving the vebue booking too late and couldn’t get the place i wanted”
tip : prioritise your vendors – 1 – Venue hire (12 to 18 months in advance), 2 – photographer/videographer, 3 – dress, 4 – flowers/cake and invitations.