Here at Wedded Wonderland, we know weddings. We know what makes them great and what doesn’t.
To make sure you have a fantastic one, we’ve compiled a list of the top mistakes brides make at their wedding, so you can avoid doing the same.
1. Input Overload
Don’t let a bossy bridesmaid or a menacing mother-in-law ruin your special day because they demand something was done their way. You’ll be left feeling defeated and deflated. Stand your ground on your decisions because they are yours to make.
2. Don’t Check The Weather
They say rain on your wedding day is lucky, but it sure won’t feel that way when your outdoor ceremony is cancelled because of a flash flood warning. Stay on the safe side and have a backup plan if your wedding is dependent on the weather.
3. Forgo A Hair And Makeup Trial
There is nothing worse than walking into a salon asking for soft curls and coming out looking like a poodle. Book a trial with your hairstylist and makeup artist to ensure the looks you have chosen are what you imagined and suit your personality.
4. Don’t Check Social Media
Social media is a great way to check out your suppliers before you go ahead and book them. A quick Insta-stalk will save you the disappointment of not getting what you wanted and all the money that would’ve been spent on “fresh peonies” that are clearly plastic ones from The Reject Shop.
5. Forget To Eat
You know what doesn’t look cute in wedding photos? A hangry bride. Your wedding day will undoubtedly be one of the busiest days of your life, and you need fuel to keep you going. Make sure you snack throughout the day to maintain your energy.
6. Inviting Too Many People
At its core, a wedding is about proclaiming your love for your partner in front of your closest family and friends. Don’t ruin the intimacy of this occasions by inviting your mum’s hairdresser’s second cousin because she insists that you do.
7. Don’t Take Enough Photos
You don’t want to get the wedding photos back only to find there are none you LOVE. Insist that your photographer and guests get snap happy, so you have plenty of ways to remember the day. Don’t forget to hire a videographer too.
8. Throw The Budget Out The Window
Entering married life with a bucket load of debt isn’t ideal. One of the biggest mistakes a bride can make is spending money on unnecessary items. Do yourself a financial favour and reign back on the spending if your budget is tight. This is also common curiosity if you aren’t the person footing the bill. There are always cheaper alternatives or DIY options to achieve the look you want; you just have to be creative.
9. You Don’t Prepare A Speech
Forgetting to thank your husband is equally as bad as a speech that drags on longer than James Cameron’s Titanic. Even if formal speeches aren’t your thing, having a few notes jotted down about who to thank will ease the pressure when the champagne flutes start to clink.
10. Choose An Uncomfortable Dress
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Yes, it may be gorgeous but can you breathe in it? Brides forget to ask themselves this question when trying on wedding dresses. If you’re uncomfortable in your dress, it will be hard to enjoy the day. Don’t be the bride who has to stand up at her own specified “sit-down reception dinner” because her dress is too tight..
11. Worry About The Small Stuff
As chance would have it, not everything on your wedding day will go to plan. The best thing you can do is not to worry. No one will realise that the flowers are eggshell instead of ecru. Take these little mishaps as a blessing; they turn into funny stories once the wedding is over.
12. Try Out New Beauty Products
A day before the wedding is not the time to get experimental with your beauty routine. Stick to products that have been tried and tested to ensure you don’t end up with a blemish so big it should have its own bouquet
13. Forget To Take It In
Your wedding day will be a sensory overload. Many brides are left feeling frazzled at the end of the day because there was just so much to take in. Avoid this by taking time to pause and savour the moment. It will be over before you know it and we bet you’ll want to remember this one for a while.
Written by Sarah Mourtos
Feature image via Blammo-Biamo