Your wedding day is one of the happiest days of your life, and so much planning takes place to make your dreams a reality. When you’re in the thick of wedding planning, it can be difficult to decipher what all is actually going to matter to you down the line. It’s so easy to get bogged down with the details - between deciding your menu items, bridesmaid dresses and walking the thin line that is family dynamics - it’s no wonder brides are overwhelmed! So, whether you’ll be saying your vows in a few weeks, months, or a few years down the line - here are 10 wedding regrets from real brides, including one of my own wedding day regrets!
“I can’t say for sure, but some of the decor stuff that I did myself, had I had the budget I probably would have bought and saved myself some time. Because I feel like I didn’t really save as much as I thought I was, and it was super time consuming, But I’ve never actually compared the cost.”
- Sam B.
spending time with family
“I regret not spending more time with my parents. I was their first daughter to get married.”
- Hannah C.
programs “Ordering programs for the ceremony! Should’ve done a sign. No one took the programs.” - Abigail K. asking for help “I think one of the biggest regrets I had was trying to do things on my own and not asking for help, so if you have older women that are great event planners, ask for help. I also wish that I wouldn’t have obsessed about every decision, I tried to focus on the things that really mattered, but I was still internalizing the stress. At the end of the day, the cake flavor doesn’t matter, the food doesn’t matter, the shoes don’t matter. If you enjoy thinking about those things, go for it! But if you’re like me, let yourself off the hook and just pick what works and don’t agonize over details.” - Alli N. timeline “Not having a timeline for how I wanted the day to go.” - Pia S. photo + video “We had a tiny budget, so we decided to cut a videographer. I wish we had a video!” - Erin B. “I regret not paying for a good photographer.” - Audrey V. “I regret not hiring a videographer. We have a voice recording of the service, but looking back now, I wish we would have spent the money getting a good one. I have always seen corny wedding videos, so I thought they weren’t worth it. But in the past 5 years or so, they have come a long way, and it would have been nice to have the video. We had an amazing photographer, but it’s not the same as getting a video of the day.” - Stephanie H.
cake “I regret not having the top tier of my cake saved. We decided on one layer of real cake and then sheet cakes to save money. But looking back on our first anniversary, I would have liked to have the top tier of our actual wedding cake to commemorate the day.” - Kate B. Hindsight truly is 20/20. But just remember that at the end of that magical day, you will be married to your favorite person in the world, and that’s what matters.