From our experience as professional photographers, our own experiences on our wedding days and countless brides that have offered their opinions, we have come up with the TOP 5 WEDDING REGRETS and how you can avoid them! Your wedding day will be perfect no matter what, but not every single thing will go perfectly, read below for some wedding tips from the pros!
Focus on the right priorities
Don’t stress over things like getting your dress hem dirty during photos or the horrendous tie your brother showed-up in. Too often, bride and grooms are concerned about everyone else, whereas the day should be about YOU. Maybe your DIY floral wreath didn’t turn out quite like you saw on Pinterest and you ran out of time to paint that cute welcome sign on a rustic wood slab, but it really isn’t important at the end of the day. The best way to avoid this regret is to remember WHY you are getting married and to set realistic expectations for the execution of everything.
Weddings can get stressful. There are a lot of moving parts and important items to take care of, however, the most important thing to pay attention to is your [future] spouse. Our favorite recommendation, set a goal to kiss your spouse at least 10 ten times throughout the evening! It may not sound like a lot, but we usually see less. Bonus points if you double or triple your goal!
Choose the right dress
It’s natural to be unfamiliar with gown fits, because most of us haven’t worn one in ages, or maybe ever. That beautiful, strapless gown might look amazing when you are standing still, but keep in mind that you will be moving around a LOT on the day of your wedding. As you are trying on dresses, move around the store and test three key movements: hugging, sitting down, and walking. If you are fidgeting with the dress in the fitting room, odds are, it will bother you on the wedding day too. Choose a dress that makes you feel gorgeous AND comfortable.
Don't drink too much on your wedding day (or the night before)
This is a big one. Champagne is flowing and it’s YOUR party after all. But the combination of nerves and minimal food consumed throughout the day makes intoxication oh-so easy on your wedding day. This is the most important day of your life, trust us, you will want to remember all of it! As for the night before, we recommend avoiding bachelor & bachelorette parties the day before the wedding - being hungover on the wedding day is drab. Get a good night’s sleep if you can!
Hire the right photographer and other vendors
This goes for photographers and all vendors, but photography is one piece in particular that you will have for the rest of your lives to immortalize your wedding day. Choose a photographer that you can connect with so you will feel comfortable with them around. Don’t go with the cheaper option for the sake of saving money. You will never regret investing in timeless portraits of you, your spouse, family and friends. Do what you can to secure the right photographer for you as early as you can! (Start by contacting JBJ Pictures now to learn how we can offer you the best photography experience available!)
Get help with day-of coordination
Having help the day of your wedding is essential. The biggest mistake we see couples make is trying to take on too much responsibility the day-of the wedding. Of all the days in your life to delegate, this is definitely one of them. Odds are, you have put so much time and energy into planning the perfect details and finding the perfect vendors, but these things require management that you won't have time to even think about on your wedding day. Professional event coordinators are a priceless asset to any wedding, and this is something we would always recommend. However, if you don't have the resources to hire a professional, gather a team of friends or family that are able to assist with setting up things like centerpieces, your guest book, etc. Please, no matter how tempting, don't try to tackle day-of tasks yourself! Don't hesitate to reach out to us now if you'd like us to recommend some of our favorite wedding coordinators!
"Our biggest recommendation, set a goal to kiss your spouse at least 10 ten times throughout the evening. It may not sound like a lot, but we usually see less. Bonus points if you double or triple your goal!"
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