With decades of experience in the wedding industry, we have surely heard it all by now! There are always the unavoidable hiccups like feeling unwell on your wedding day or your classic wedding car breaking down on the way to the church, but some mistakes are easily avoidable for a seamless wedding day. We highly recommend a group of reliable bridesmaids, a maid of honour who would do anything for you, and of course a mother of the bride there to lean on throughout the whole thing. Here is our round-up of the unavoidable that many brides regret…
A heavy night the day before You have all your nearest and dearest all together in the same place for the first time in years. School friends, University friends, family from abroad and we know it can be tempting to get carried away on the prosecco whilst you catch up and drink into the early hours, but the last thing you want is a headache the next day! Set yourself a curfew and an alcohol limit and ensure your bridesmaids send you off to bed. Have a relaxing bath, a camomile tea, and switch off that mobile phone!
Not eating Us girls know the score, you don’t want to feel bloated in your wedding dress and you may also feel a bit nervous and don’t feel like eating, but trust us you need your energy! You want to be fully awake and alert, you will be on your feet for a long time, lots of smiling during the photos, and the last thing you want to do is feel like you are flagging. In your wedding plans, you should arrange a light a nutritious breakfast to set yourself up for the day. How about fruit and yoghurt, overnight oats, or avocado toast? If you will be staying at your wedding venue the night before you can have a fruit platter sent up to your room, or if you are home you can put one of your bridesmaids in charge of the breakfast menu and the washing up!
Drinking too much This one really goes without saying. This is your day, and we want you to enjoy it and celebrate and you certainly are allowed a glass of champagne as you get ready. Just ensure one of your bridesmaids is at your side with water throughout the day to keep you hydrated and save the drinking for after the cake cutting and first dance. You want to remember your special day after all!
Not having alone time with your husband
This day is all about your special relationship, so don’t forget to factor some alone time in for a drink and chat so you get some time to sit down and relax.
Skimping on the photographer
Many brides biggest regret is their photos. We really can’t say this enough but invest as much as you can afford to on a good wedding photographer who is experienced and reliable. Look for recommendations, portfolios, and styles of photography you love on their Instagram and Facebook pages. Always meet with your photographer first and discuss the shots you love, and those you don’t as well as how much time you want to spend on the day taking photos. Remember photographers usually leave after the cake cutting and first dance so you could employ someone to come and take party photos for an hour or two once the dancing is in full swing. A top tip is that if you or your partner are camera shy you can have a pre-wedding or engagement shoot with your photographer to get an idea of what works and what you like – no one is saying you have to share these photos!
Fake tan or make-up disasters
Last but not least, we recommend that you don’t make any drastic changes to your skin, hair, or beauty routine in the weeks before your wedding that may leave you to breakouts or not looking and feeling yourself on the day. Have a make-up trial and ensure you are comfortable with your look and that everyone will recognise you on the day!
Things often go wrong, but the main thing is enjoying your day. Just remember, you’ll look back on any wedding day issues and laugh about them in years to come.