Real Brides (and Grooms!) Confess Their Biggest Wedding Planning Mistakes

Every bride has something she'd do over—if she could. Here, some hard-won wisdom from the recently married.

Vow to Make it Happen 
“I am glad that we recited the Christian vows at our ceremony, but I also wish that we’d written our own vows, so that we could have expressed what is in our hearts. It is too easy simply to repeat vows. Speaking from the heart would have made it all the more meaningful to us.” —Toni 


Be Attentive to Yourselves 
“We planned special touches for our guests, but we didn’t savor them ourselves. We rented a photo booth so that everyone could take pictures to keep as mementos. But we got so caught up in the whirlwind that we didn’t do it ourselves. It’s important for you to enjoy your entire night and the special parts of it.” —Cara, New York, NY 

Go Pro
“I would have hired a professional, not a pal, to be our videographer. He didn’t have the camera on ‘record’ for ninety-five percent of the ceremony.” —Rob, Los Angeles, CA

Practice Makes Perfect
“I wish I had spent more time planning my speech. Everything was rushed and I didn’t have time to sit down and think about all the things I wanted to say. Plus, my father-in-law gave an amazing speech, so I looked especially bad.” —Michael, New York, NY

best man giving toast
Photo Credit: Timecut Photography

Sweet, Sweet Music
“The mistake I made was choosing the band without hearing them first. My wife hated them. We almost had a blowout at the wedding over it.” —Ryan, Westport, CT

It Takes Two
“I wanted a big bash for our wedding, and I didn’t pay attention when my fiancée said she wanted something smaller. We went ahead and had a huge party; later, she said she felt like I hadn’t been listening to her. If I could do it over again, I would compromise. Believe me, you don’t want to end up with regrets.” —Paul, Philadelphia, PA 

bride and groom
Photo Credit: Sarah Kate Photographer



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