When it comes to your special day you only get one chance to get things right. So, make sure you take into account all of the below to avoid any regrets after the celebrations have come to an end. In no particular order, here’s my top 15:
1. Booking a cheap wedding photographer
Essentially, as with any supplier, you’ll get what you pay for. When it comes to your photographer make sure you hire a well-experienced professional with artistic expertise to capture your special memories, or else you’ll regret not having any decent images to look back at.
2. Not hiring a wedding videographer
While most couples don’t like being in front of the camera, you’ll want a videographer on hand during the day to document your celebrations. The day will go by super fast and you will regret not capturing it on camera.
3. Not making a contingency plan
In any case make sure you have a contingency plan; especially if you’re looking to have an outdoor ceremony. Never trust the weather and ensure you plan for anything and everything that could potentially go wrong.
4. Not hiring a wedding planner
One of the biggest investments you should make right from day one is to hire a wedding planner. Though you may feel you can hand the job over to a family member or friend, they will not have the expertise or knowledge that comes with a professional and worse yet, may not even want to take on the huge job. Not only will a planner work with all of your suppliers to ensure everything runs like clock-work, but he or she will be your biggest support throughout the day.
5. Booking an inexperienced DJ
When it comes to filling the dance floor and creating an atmosphere, your DJ is key. Make sure you pick a company and DJ who understands you and your music taste (and that of your guests) to ensure everyone has a great time and stays glued to the dance floor.
6. Worrying too much
You’ll never truly enjoy the planning process and your wedding day if you are constantly stressing about everything. Ensure you have a good team looking after your day and you’ll be able to relax and enjoy every moment without any regrets.
7. Trying to control everything
When it comes to wedding planning remember that somethings will be out of your control and it’s okay to take a step back. There will be a lot to juggle but if you’ve got a good team behind you, there’s nothing to worry about. Trust your suppliers and delegate responsibilities.
8. Not cutting down the guest list
Cutting your guest list down to immediate family and friends will be one of the best decisions you make. You’ll be able to go the extra mile for them without having to worry about breaking the bank and spending on people you’ve probably not spoken to in years. Be ruthless and only invite who you want.
9. Not making your wedding personal
Remember to make your wedding day personal to make it extra special. Do not follow every trend available that season and celebrate YOUR wedding the way that will mean something to you.
10. Not leaving enough time to enjoy the food
You’ll have tasted the food during your menu tasting session and are probably excited to eat it all again on your wedding day. Sadly, a lot of brides and grooms don’t have enough time to eat due to a jam packed schedule so make sure you leave enough time.
11. Not having a ‘collection crew’
When it comes to the day after your wedding, the last thing you want to do is run around the venue collecting items from the night before. Whether it’s the flowers, guestbook or remaining top tier of the cake; have a team on hand to do this for you so you can enjoy your first day as husband and wife.
12. Not spending enough time with your guests
Not spending enough time with your guests is one of the biggest regrets couples have by far. In most cases, some of your family and friends will have flown in from a different country with very limited time. So, leave enough time the week before and on the day to spend as much time as possible with your guests as the celebrations will go by super quick.
13. Drinking too much
There’s nothing wrong with having a few drinks, but don’t drink so much that you end up not remembering the day at all, or worse still, with a hangover the following day as you start your new life as Mr & Mrs.
14. Compromising on the catering
Food will be one of the most important parts of the day. It’ll be what you and your guests will be looking forward to the most so it’s vital not to cut corners. Ensure the catering team provide exceptional service as well as delicious food.
15. Too much entertainment
When it comes to entertainment such as family dances try and limit these as much as possible. Pre-wedding functions are the perfect time to let everyone loose. Your reception on the other hand is a night of celebration and fun – don’t force your guests to watch countless entertainment performances. This also applies with speeches. Keep them short and sweet, and have no more than three in total if you can.