No one wants regrets on their wedding day, but the truth is, there are so many little things you may not think about during the planning process. We have first-hand experience with this, both from our own weddings and from our clients’. Based on our staff’s knowledge and our couples’ feedback we’ve compiled a list of common wedding regrets. Our hope is that we can help you avoid feeling like you should, or could, have done something differently on the biggest day of your life thus far.
1. They didn’t stick to the budget.
This is a big one! It’s so easy to get carried away when you’re seeing all the pretty, extravagant things you could have at your wedding. Your first thought is, “We definitely need that!” However, a week after the wedding, those extravagant details aren’t the things you’re going to be reminiscing over. Our best advice is that you remember why you’re having a wedding in the first place.
2. They didn’t hire a wedding coordinator.
Lucky for you, The Corner District requires a day-of coordinator as a minimum, and we offer two coordination levels in our packages! We do this because we’ve seen the chaos that can ensue when you don’t have someone keeping track of the timeline. It is important that you have someone to help with setup, create and manage a timeline, and help you pack away all your gifts and keepsakes at the end of the night. Wedding coordinators really are your fairy godmothers.
3. They left for their honeymoon right after the wedding.
Trust us, you’re going to be exhausted after the wedding. The last thing you’re going to want to do is travel great distances. We highly recommend taking a day or two to decompress and just be together before you head out on your grand honeymoon adventure.
4. They didn’t hire a professional photographer/videographer.
For some reason, this tends to be the area everyone wants to save money. Well, we’re here to tell you this is actually the one area where you should pay the big bucks! After the wedding, the pictures and video are all you’ll have to look back on this special day. Invest in quality.
5. They invited people they weren’t really close to.
Most couples have an “obligation” section of their guest list, meaning they feel like that have to invite these people to their wedding even though they don’t have a close relationship with them. The obligation section could be taking away space from truly special people that played a large part in your life and/or love story. Take a step back and picture your wedding day. If you can’t imagine your celebration without them, put them on the list. Otherwise, you are not required to send an invitation.
6. They drank too much before the ceremony.
Believe us when we say we know mimosas are life. The problem is, too much alcohol means memory problems tomorrow. It’s hard enough to remember all the little details, just because it goes by so fast. By all means, have a celebratory drink while you’re getting ready. Just don’t go overboard, because this is one day you’re going to want to remember.
7. They spent so much time chatting with guests they didn’t get to eat dinner.
If there’s one thing we preach to our couples, it’s that you MUST eat! We’ve actually interrupted conversations to steal the bride and groom away so they can eat their dinner. You chose a caterer you were really excited about, so sit down and enjoy that delicious food!
8. They forgot to ask the photographer for certain photos.
Your photographer will most likely ask you for a list of all the must-have photos you want included in your gallery. Something couples seem to forget is detail photos! Your shoes, jewelry, and invitation suite are important too. Make sure you include them on your list!
9. They tried to make everyone else’s dreams come true instead of their own.
The pressure is real, especially with so many people talking in your ear. Try to remember this is your wedding, not theirs. The only opinion that truly matters is your future spouse’s. Have a few heart-to-hearts and make decisions together.
10. They thought expensive catering companies were the only option.
Don’t get us wrong. There are some serious advantages to hiring a full service catering company. We even have fantastic relationships with some of them and are thrilled when they show up for our events. The problem is, they can blow your budget out of the water! Working in this industry, we’ve learned there are restaurants that cater events with the same level of quality ingredients, staff, and class as the expensive catering company. Several of them are on our preferred vendor list (*wink wink). You have options. Ask for them.
A great way to avoid these common wedding regrets is by booking your wedding at The Corner District! Contact us today to get started.