Hindsight is 20/20 they say, and after the vows brides often look back at their wedding and see clearly how they could have made life easier in the planning process. Here are the top 5 things brides would have changed...
1. Hire professionals for everything, do your research, and find a way to get who you REALLY want!
There's a reason that professional wedding DJs, planners, decorators, photographers, videographers, etc. are able to make their living in their professions - they do what they do at a professional level. These aren't the side-hustle vendors, or the part-time people that a booking agent may send out. These are the professionals that make their full-time living doing this. These are the people who are well-known in your community for being exceptionally good at their craft. When all is said & done, we're talking about how you will remember your wedding day, and, if you're working with great professionals, the impact they will have is worth so much more than their price tag.
I reached out to a couple of the wedding communities I'm a part of on social media, and these quotes pretty much sum it up:
Hope Dalebroux - "I wish I would’ve started planning a lot sooner than I did so finding vendors didn’t feel like a crisis sometimes lol"
Amy DeJardin - "I wish I would’ve gone with my top pick of a photographer instead of trying to save money on that part of the wedding."
Andrea Fields - "I regret a few things from my big day I wish I had a different dress. We also had a friend do photos, and that is my biggest regret cause I don't have pictures that I love or any pictures I wanted."
Patricia Dufek - "I wish I would have had a videographer and a planner. I REALLY REALLY wish I would have had someone to set up details/decorating/take down. It would have been so worth it, even though my family/friends offered help... looking back it was such an burden."
Patricia's comment brings us to the next thing a lot of couples wish they did differently:
2. Hire a videographer
I'm in several wedding communities on social media, and this is one of the most common regrets I see brides post about. For some reason videography is an afterthought, or gets skipped altogether when couples are budgeting. I get it, when we think videography, we think of the home videos our parents took of their wedding with a camcorder on a tripod.
Sandy Meyer sums it up perfectly - "Have a professional videographer, we had a family member do it for us and let’s just say it’s not what I expected."
Today, wedding videographers are producing amazing work, and great videographers can make your wedding video look like a movie while creating a strong emotional connection. Here is an example from "Films Nouveau" a videographer we've had the pleasure of working & collaborating with:
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Yes, that's us serving as the DJ & MC, and all voice-over audio was provided by SoundFire DJ to help make this video as spectacular as possible.
3. Hire a day-of planner, or a full Wedding Planner
Wedding planning is a HUGE task! It involves planning what is likely to be the biggest celebration, and spending the most amount of money you ever will on one day in your life. It's also one of the biggest days of your life for the meaning and memories it will have when you pledge your commitment to your life partner. It's a big enough task if you know what you're doing - an even bigger task when you don't.
There's nothing wrong with saying, "I've never done this before, I need help." That's why professional wedding planners exist! A lot of planners will even offer different levels of planning for you too. Services tend to range from day-of all the way to full planning. At the very least have a day-of planner to help with decor, coordination, and ensuring details are ready on the day of your celebration. Of course, for the ultimate stress relief - hire a full planner!
Here are a few quotes that sum this up (aside from Patricia's earlier):
Abi Peterson - "Have a personal attendant to take care of all the ‘little things’ the day of. This way you don’t run back to the venue to make sure it’s the way you want it to look ?"
Amanda Brackett - "I wish I would've hired a wedding planner, little details got overlooked(by me) and I think having a planner would have made the whole experience less stressful."
Jessica Wolosek - "I probably would've asked for more help. I really wanted to plan every part of the day, and the week before was quite stressful."
4. Take a moment, in fact take several
Your wedding day will go by quickly. Take moments throughout the day to soak everything in. If you hired great professionals they will be working behind the scenes to ensure your day goes smoothly. Trust them to take care of you, and let go of worry. When you do this you'll be able to enjoy the reason you did all this - to celebrate your vows with the love of your life and your closest family & friends.
Claire Urness - "With regards to the reception, it's so go go go, I would recommend just taking time, stepping back and observing. Take it all in. It was advice that I received that I wish I listened to. With the hustle and bustle, having that moment will likely be en-grained in your brain forever."
5. Make entertainment a top priority
This one comes from a survey conducted by St. Louis Bride & Groom not long ago.
In their survey 100% of brides would have spent more on their entertainment had they realized how much impact it had while they were planning. 78% wished they had made it a top priority during their planning and budgeting, and 72% wished they had spent more time researching before selecting their entertainment.
That's a pretty high percentage of people who sound like they had some buyer's remorse.
The fact that 100% said they would have spent more on it for a better outcome is likely a result of the suggestions that bridal sites and magazines recommend as the 5-10% allocation of the budget "for music", indicating that in hindsight, 5-10% was not enough. Keep in mind that entertainment for an event isn't "just music" - especially for a wedding. According to Peter Merry, author of the book, The Best Wedding Reception...Ever, entertainment should ALSO:
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