Wedding Regrets: Part 1
Your wedding day will fly by like a whirlwind of events. Many things will be happening at once and being the centre of attention will take you away from the finer details of the day. Many couples will get to the end of the day and wonder what in the world just happened?!
After my own experience and reading about the experiences of other brides and grooms, it’s common to hear that many people have regrets. These regrets range from minor things to things well beyond anyone's control. However, recurring regrets seem to emerge that may be helpful to know if you are a future bride or groom.
Here are a few things that people regret not doing on their day and a few ways to avoid having them as one of yours!
Take more photos with loved ones
This is one of the most common regrets that pop up when people are asked what they regret about their wedding day. So many brides have commented that they only had a couple of photos with their mum and dad or children and wish they took more.
How to change it - Ask your photographer, your bridal party or family to remind you throughout the day/night to take more pictures with your loved ones. Chances are, by reminding them, you'll also be reminding your own subconscious.
get a good DJ
Next on the list of frequent regrets is having a bad DJ. A good DJ should be able to make your night run in a smooth way, cutting out the awkward silent moments. They should be able to have a feel for the vibe at your wedding and choose songs/ genres that get your guests excited to dance. There's nothing more mood-killing than an empty sad dance floor.
How to avoid it - choosing a good DJ may seem like a hard thing to do but read our blog post on some tips on how to choose your wedding DJ. Also, think back to weddings you’ve been to where the dance floor was fun and raging, and perhaps consider hiring the DJ who played at those.
Have a Ceremony Rehearsal
Many couples have spoken about how on their wedding day, the ceremony didn’t go as smoothly as they had hoped on the day, which led to embarrassment and contributed to their wedding day regret.
How to avoid it - having a ceremony rehearsal to walk through the order helps to keep things organised and the ceremony on the day will be more likely to go smoothly. It won’t take up too much time, is a great bonding activity for the bridal party as well as a nerve calmer. Better yet, if your venue allows, have the ceremony rehearsal in the location it will happen. Although it may not be possible to gather your whole bridal party for the one session, you could even film the rehearsal so that they can review it in their own time and feel more organised in their participation.
Choose Your Photographer Wisely
Many couples regret their photographer choice after they receive their wedding photos back. Moreover, some regret not hiring a professional photographer as they were trying to save money and thought that guests taking photos on their phones would be enough. Sadly, photos cannot be re-done. However, there are ways to avoid this and also photos already taken can be somewhat fixed.
How to avoid this - Shop around for photographers!! I can’t stress this enough. Don’t just settle for the photographer your venue recommends. The way to choose a photographer lies in meticulously checking their portfolio to see if it suits your style. Every photographer has a style and a different eye for the way their photographs are framed.
Also, if your photos didn’t turn out quite the way you wanted, don’t stress (too much). I’ll be honest, I didn’t love the way my wedding photos turned out and I asked the team from Love Pixels to re-edit them to the way I liked. This is also a solution for you! Click here and send the team a message.
Your wedding day is a day that you cannot redo or undo. Things won’t always turn out the way you had planned and chances are you will have hiccups along the way. The important thing to remember is that you get to marry the person you love.
And if you’re still kicking yourself about things that you can’t change, some people opt to have a vow renewal ceremony and have a second go at making their day more special than the first.
Stay tuned for part 2!
All pictures taken by Love Pixels.