Forget conquering Mount Everest, anyone who has ever planned a wedding knows that it’s arguably one of the most incredible feats of human achievement.
While one’s wedding day is meant to be up there with the happiest day of their life, in hindsight we can often come to regret certain decisions we made. Big or little, here are the 17 things brides would have done differently on their wedding day.
1. Uninvite kids.
It’s a contentious one, but Reddit user rainbowsailor regrets having little ones around.
“Doing it again I would not give in and allow children to attend. They interrupted the ceremony, broke sh*t at the reception, stained my husband’s vest and more.”
2. Film it.
“I wish I’d splurged on the videographer, or at least got someone to record them. My husband and his best man made especially lovely off the cuff speeches, and I can remember the sentiments, but I wish I had them on video,” says Jessica.
“Also my father-in-law sang at the church and it was so beautiful, now he has passed away I am sad we don’t have a recording to show our son when he is older.”
3. Ask for help planning.
“Mostly I regret not asking for help during the planning process. If people want to help, let them and trust them to get it done. I can be a bit controlling with this stuff so no one wanted to get in my way so I needed to let people in more instead of feeling alone and stressed,” said one Reddit user. (Watch: Brides share their one wedding regret. Post continues after video.)
4. Involve the pets.
Animals can make for a paw-fect ceremony.
“We wanted to have our dog Pugwash as a member of the bridal party but didn’t. We should have,” says Hayley.
5. Rise above the carnage
“Sh*t went to hell at my wedding. Power outage, they couldn’t cook the meal we had carefully selected, everyone got way too drunk with no food and open bar, take out food came super late,” wrote reddit user Kcolby.
“My regret? That I didn’t say f*ck it and get super drunk like the rest of them and just enjoyed it. All I look back on is what went wrong, all the guests look back on is what a party it was.”
6. Rethink the bridesmaids.
They’re going to be standing up there with you, so make sure you actually like them.
“I asked my sisters-in-law to be bridesmaids because I thought it was the right thing to do but they were huge pains in the arse the whole time. Having them meant I couldn’t ask a couple of friends because the bridal party was too big,” says Alice. (Post continues after gallery.)