Experience is a great teacher...but you only get to do this once.

Here are some tips from Brides who've done it!

 "I totally regret not appointing a couple of “point people” for the 'day-of”… I really needed someone to field all the questions & look after all the details so that I could enjoy the day…”

"A lot of problems could have been avoided if I had given a hard-copy timeline to everyone in our families and our wedding party.  As it was – I  was the only person who really knew what was supposed to happen…”

“The day went by so quickly…  I wish I had chosen a reception venue closer to the church to reduce travel time, and I would also have cut out the trip to the park for photos. We could have had 2 more hours with our guests...”

“I should have kept a better eye on the clock and taken time to dance with my husband more than just for our first dance…”

“If we were to do it again, we would spend the money to have the photographer there all day. We cut corners on one of the few things that will last long after our wedding day…”

“I should have gotten a decent night’s sleep the night before — nerves and lack of sleep made me quite sick the morning of the wedding…”

“I would have invited my mother-in-law to join us while I was getting ready & for the photos before the ceremony…”

“I should have gotten another hair and make-up trial. My hair and make-up was ok at the trial - I didn’t love it. I just figured that it would be ok on my wedding day. Boy was I wrong…”

“We should have scheduled the hair appointments earlier & insisted on more stylists. They ran late and I had no time to enjoy the “getting ready” time with my mom and my “girls”

" We did a destination wedding in Cancun - so I went "simple" on my dress...BIG mistake. I so wish I'd gone full out on my gown."

“I should have given someone a check list to make sure everyone who really mattered was there  before I walked down the aisle…  I was so concerned with our schedule that some of the family missed most of the ceremony…we should have planned to start the ceremony at least 10 minutes late”.” 

“I should have had someone point out family members to the photographer so he could get some shots of them. I forgot all about it…so we have no photos with some close family members”

“We ended up throwing an impromptu "after party" in the honeymoon suite at the hotel and I wish I had actually planned this. We should have brought wine and beer and had our caterer pack up some treats…”

"We left for our honeymoon the next morning. I wish that we had waited a day so we could have had brunch with our family and an after party with friends before we left. Some people came a long way and we barely had a chance to speak to them…”

“Somewhere along the way I just wanted to make everyone else happy… and I forgot about myself..."