Post # 1
Dear Brides, wives and to-be brides,
What would your most disturbing thing that was on your mind when preparing a wedding? Or looking back, something that you wish you could have done better when preparing? for example in picking the right dress, vendors, ending up with spending more money than you thought, to little things like having more photos taken.
At the same time, what would be some of the experiences that you had at friends’ weddings and thought: “I really liked this part” or “I would do this in another way”?
I thought this would be a good trigger to share our experiences 🙂
Post # 3
The biggest regret I had is not organising with DH that we have some of his Englsih-speaking friends/family with us before the wedding. Because I was the only one that spoke Greek, I had to waste 3 hours on the morning of the wedding running up and down to the hairdresser translating styles etc. Then in the hosue afterwards where my friends and DH’s aunt were setting up drinks etc, I had to run round translating there as well, which left me running VERY late. And with the photographer I had to look pretty whilst shouting out the orders in english. I was over 30 minutes late for the church by this point.
We totally over-looked this, and to be honest it was such a schoolgirl error. I wouldn’t have changed the vendors – I was totally happy with the service I received- especially my flowers – I’m glad I put my foot down on that subject and went with who I liked and not who did the flowers for my SIL, just because they were in the neighbourhood.
One thing I would check looking back is the rest-room of the venue. The toilet areas were a bit cramped for a bride and I had to have my dress adjusted in the public unisex bit of the rest-rooms. BUt saying that one of the most hilarious moments of the day was when my friend was adjusting the bodice of the dress and my father’s friend coming in and standing around chatting to me. My quiet timid friend lost her temper with the cords and shouted at him, “Well if you insist in being here whilst I fix Cariad’s dress, the least you can do is help me! Come here and pull!” I nearly peed with laughter!
Post # 4
I haven’t had my wedding yet, but I wish I could go back and have done more research before signing any contracts. Unfortunately, I signed with a gorgeous venue, only to find out that the list of exclusive caterers are ridiculously over our budget… now we’ll have to find another venue for the reception and eat the cost of the deposit from the first one, just to save some money. Had I known ahead of time, I could have saved my budget and not went over!
Post # 5
I would have realized that no one else cared about my wedding and eloped in the Caribbean and used the money for a great vacation, dream dress, and awesome photos. I would have spent time thinking about what I really wanted, instead of jumping into planning right away.
Post # 6
I wish I would’ve used ivory bows on the chairs instead of gold (my mom wanted gold), I would’ve fixed my hair in the back during the ceremony (haha) and I would’ve looked longer for a dress instead of choosing one right away! Also, I would’ve chosen more comfortable shoes!
Just got my professional pictures back, so I’m seeing everything from a new perspective!
Post # 7
- Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium
I wish I would have gotten a month of coordinator. I didn’t know I needed one until it was too late. So many things fell apaty at the last minute, and I had NO ONE to advocate for me but myself, and I didn’t have the slightest clue as to what I could do. The venue coordinator was useless, even on the day of, and the venue’s caterer was a complete idiot. I wish I had been better prepared for that. I would have chosen all the same vendors except for hair/makeup because she cancelled on me the morning of my wedding.
If you’re wondering why we kept our venue, it was our dream venue– just not dream staff.
I’ve told my husband I would have been just as happy if we had eloped, but he disagrees. He wasn’t bothered by the things I was, if he even really noticed.