8 Tips For Avoiding Wedding Decisions You Will Regret
No matter how much time you spend on planning your wedding to your idea of perfection, something might go wrong: the sound system will have a glitch, the ring bearer will burst into tears in the middle of the ceremony, your heel snags onto your dress as you’re walking into the reception. Things happen, and those mishaps might seem atrocious at the time but often will become funny stories to remember for years ahead. On the other hand, everything may seemingly go off without a hitch, but peering through your wedding album years later might bring feelings of regret. To avoid making decisions you’ll regret later on, keep reading.
- Including the wrong people in your wedding party
Choose the people who have always been there for you, not just those who walk with you now. Certainly invite those newer, close friends to your wedding, but consider the friends who have always stood by your side over the years to stand by your side on this most important day.
- Letting your parents plan the whole wedding
If they are footing the bill, you will have to give some leeway into some important (and expensive) decisions, but don’t let them select your wedding gown, photographer, flowers, and your personal items for the day, and make sure you have enough of your own preferred guests on the list. If need be, save up some cash to spring for the items you know you want to choose (if you can’t choose everything).
- Not including your parents input
Even if you and your fiancé are footing the bill yourselves, listen to your parents’ requests (if they have any). They don’t need to act as wedding planners, but this day is significant for them, too. If you can afford to extend a few extra invites to their friends, or if your mother really wants the band to play a certain song, do what you can to honor those small requests.
- Showing too much skin
There’s something to be said for feeling sexy on your wedding day, and it’s another thing entirely for guests to feel embarrassed talking to you. If you want to show a bit of your back or cleavage or shoulders, go ahead, but keep it tasteful.
- Not wearing what you want to wear
It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the emotion and excitement of wedding dress shopping, but don’t get so carried away that you’re plopping down a chunk of change on a dress you’re not 100% sure is the one.
- Spending money on things that aren’t important
Unless you’re a graphic designer, the finish of your invitation paper and the printing of your programs is probably not at the top of your priority list. Same goes for what to toss into the air for exiting the church or reception (birdseed, flower petals, bubbles) or the ribbons attached to your bridesmaids’ bouquets, or the chargers and place settings. These fine details aren’t what you’ll remember most about special day, so don’t award them a larger portion of your budget.
- Doing what your friends did
Feeling inspired by a friend’s wedding and wanting to copycat their day are two different notions. If you really loved one aspect of their wedding, find a way to make it reflect you and yours.
- Hiring a wedding photographer you’re not comfortable around
Your wedding photography is an investment, and you want to cherish the pictures for years to come. If you’re not comfortable with your photographer, that will show up in your pictures—you may even shy away from shots. Don’t regret your choice of a wedding photographer. Hiring a seasoned professional wedding photographer that you can connect with and love their work.
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