Most couples spend a great deal of time planning their wedding day and quite a lot of their savings making it come true. But, what happens when things don’t go as planned? The biggest regrets people tend to have about their big day range from small details to catastrophic happenings that no one can really safe-proof against. 

Either way, when you are already under immense stress to make the day perfect, the tiniest detail can derail your tightly controlled operation. So, we compiled a list of the biggest wedding day regrets for you. Make the most of other’s experiences and plan ahead, or if some of these already happened to you, find solace in the knowledge that you are not alone!

Not picking the dress of your dreams… Or overspending when you picked it.

When faced with the tough decision of where to cut back on a tight budget, many brides take the wedding dress route. Considering that it is, after all, a dress you will only wear once and for a few hours, investing little seems like a very reasonable thing to do. Except when it makes you chose a dress you don’t really love because the one you always dreamed of wearing is too expensive. The opposite is another great regret: it is not a good idea to go bankrupt when you are starting a new life with your spouse because you just had to have “that” dress. In both cases, brides ended up not feeling overjoyed when the time came to wear it and regretting it whenever they saw the pictures of the event. 


Forgoing hairstyle trial … Or going overboard with makeup.

Try everything you are going to wear that day, and if possible, try it twice! This is especially true when talking about hair and makeup. Brides, in general, are of the opinion that having a good time during their event is much more important than having a super coiffed do. If you are planning on putting hair extensions or doing something out of your comfort zone, do try it a couple of times beforehand so that you are sure you will feel great with it. Some brides have also said that they didn’t recognize themselves in their photos due to their heavy makeup, so a style that makes you look your best and is still natural-looking might be the best course of action.

Banning people from taking pictures… Or not hiring a photographer.

Things can happen, isn’t it too true? You might hire an awesome photographer and he might not be able to show up that day due to an unexpected (let’s hope major) issue. Or worse, what if he shows up, but his pictures are totally subpar? If your guests are allowed to take pictures you might end up with some great shots of the best day of your life anyways, and maybe even discover some latent photography skill among your friends! However, don’t place all your eggs in one basket. If nothing goes awry with the hired photographer, chances are his pictures will look amazing making hiring him the best money you ever invested. Especially if you are planning on making a wedding album!


Not planning for bad weather… Or inviting people you don’t really want there.

It is always hard to predict the weather. More so during spring, one of the preferred times for weddings due to the whole nature rebirth and flower blooming sentiment that accompanies it. So, if you were thinking of doing a sunset by the sea ceremony, covered with bouquets of flowers under a bright blue sky... Think again, you should have a plan B! If it rains, as it often happens during this and all seasons, you should have a place that you still love to fill with flowers safely under a sturdy roof! Last but not least, what really makes or breaks a great party is who is in it. This is particularly important when deciding who will be invited to your big day. Your guests will either make you enjoy it wholeheartedly or regret inviting them altogether. Something most couples agree on: invite only the people you really want there. Both emotionally and budget-wise, you won’t regret it!

Not hiring a videographer.

“When my cousin sent me a video of my spouse and I breaking the glass at the end of our ceremony, I was obsessed with it. I watched it probably 20 times that night. Sure, it was blurry, but it was such a great moment—and suddenly I wished there was someone around to capture every moment like that. We had opted out of a videographer because it was super expensive and we thought footage of our subpar dance moves would make us cringe. If I could do it over again, I think I would have tried to fit a videographer into my budget so I could have more big moments recorded”