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What Couples Wish They Had Done Differently with Their Weddings

Saying “I do” is the easy part. The road leading up to it, however, can be quite a challenge. Then after the wedding, a lot of brides and grooms look back and realize that there are things that they would have changed. So, I have compiled some of those things, so that you can maybe avoid some of these future regrets!

  1. I would have eloped instead

A LOT of people have said this! A few of the reasons being:
– They had drama within their family or wedding party
– The stress of a big wedding was too much
– They wished that they had gone somewhere fun like Thailand or Italy instead, and spent their wedding money on a trip.
– They could have saved money

2. I would have skipped the bouquet, garter toss and cake cutting

Overall, there was a lot of talk from couples about simplifying their wedding day. This is just one example. There is already so much scheduling going on throughout the day, that by the time the reception rolls around, you just want to let loose and have some fun! Dance and spend time with your guests. A good way to get the first dances in, is to immediately go into them when you are announced into your reception. That way, you dance, you sit down and eat, and ENJOY the rest of your evening!!! Another thing that couples like to do is an unannounced cake cutting, so that they still get the photos, but it isn’t a huge deal (having to heard the crowd to the dessert table).

3. I would have spent more on a photographer

So many times, the budget gets to be the biggest concern, and with that comes the tunnel vision! Yes, good food is important. Yes, you probably need tables and chairs 😉. But all that is left after it’s all over are your rings, your photos and each other!! I have had SO MANY people say that they were so worried about the cost during their wedding planning, but afterwards, that if they could do it all over again, they would have gotten a wedding photographer that they loved. I also get requests for after-wedding sessions because they didn’t like their photos.

4. I would have hired a wedding planner

I could write a whole different post on why a wedding planner, or at VERY minimum, a day-of coordinator, is so important. It may cost you money, but it will definitely save you money in the long run! It’s like driving another 10 miles to a gas station that’s 3 cents cheaper. Having a wedding planner saves you time! They have done this MANY times before, so they know the quickest, best, easiest way to do things. They may even have vendors that will give discounts based on simply working with that planner, which adds up!! Also, keep your family and friends as family and friends on your wedding day! Let them enjoy the day with you. If there is an issue, the planner will take care of it, but family or friends will most likely let you know. I vote not knowing, and letting it be taken care of behind the scene!

5. I wish I had gotten more photos with family

This is a big one! It is one of the only times that so much family is in one spot at once. That being said, it’s easy to skimp on making the family shot list before the wedding, but it is so important! I can’t tell you how many times people tell me that they are so happy that they got those photos with parents or grandparents, because their wedding day was the last professional photos that they have of them all together.

6. I would have had a smaller wedding

I know, I know, you’re thinking “um, read #1”, but this is different. I almost bundled these two together, but didn’t. The reasoning behind having an intimate wedding is different than eloping. Some said that they wanted a smaller guest count because they felt obligated to invite more people. Well, guess what: it costs between $30-100 per guest JUST FOR DINNER! That doesn’t include dessert, gifts, table and chair rental, table decor, etc. So is feeling obligated worth it? If so, that’s a-okay, but if not then don’t do it! Another reason is so that they could have spent more on their honeymoon. I have photographed some amazing intimate backyard weddings, weddings at airbnbs, and camping weddings.

I would say that every wedding is different, and the overall vibe that I get from married couples is that if you are feeling obligated to do something, you might not end up being happy about it. Take all of these with a grain of salt though, because if you ARE feeling a huge wedding, with all of the traditional everything, then you do you!!

Check out a collection of small and big weddings here!

Saying “I do” is the easy part. The road leading up to it, however, can be quite a challenge. Then after the wedding, a lot of brides and grooms look back and realize that there are things that they would have changed. So, I have compiled some of those things, so that you can maybe avoid some of these future regrets!

  1. I would have eloped instead

A LOT of people have said this! A few of the reasons being:
– They had drama within their family or wedding party
– The stress of a big wedding was too much
– They wished that they had gone somewhere fun like Thailand or Italy instead, and spent their wedding money on a trip.
– They could have saved money

2. I would have skipped the bouquet, garter toss and cake cutting

Overall, there was a lot of talk from couples about simplifying their wedding day. This is just one example. There is already so much scheduling going on throughout the day, that by the time the reception rolls around, you just want to let loose and have some fun! Dance and spend time with your guests. A good way to get the first dances in, is to immediately go into them when you are announced into your reception. That way, you dance, you sit down and eat, and ENJOY the rest of your evening!!! Another thing that couples like to do is an unannounced cake cutting, so that they still get the photos, but it isn’t a huge deal (having to heard the crowd to the dessert table).

3. I would have spent more on a photographer

So many times, the budget gets to be the biggest concern, and with that comes the tunnel vision! Yes, good food is important. Yes, you probably need tables and chairs 😉. But all that is left after it’s all over are your rings, your photos and each other!! I have had SO MANY people say that they were so worried about the cost during their wedding planning, but afterwards, that if they could do it all over again, they would have gotten a wedding photographer that they loved. I also get requests for after-wedding sessions because they didn’t like their photos.

4. I would have hired a wedding planner

I could write a whole different post on why a wedding planner, or at VERY minimum, a day-of coordinator, is so important. It may cost you money, but it will definitely save you money in the long run! It’s like driving another 10 miles to a gas station that’s 3 cents cheaper. Having a wedding planner saves you time! They have done this MANY times before, so they know the quickest, best, easiest way to do things. They may even have vendors that will give discounts based on simply working with that planner, which adds up!! Also, keep your family and friends as family and friends on your wedding day! Let them enjoy the day with you. If there is an issue, the planner will take care of it, but family or friends will most likely let you know. I vote not knowing, and letting it be taken care of behind the scene!

5. I wish I had gotten more photos with family

This is a big one! It is one of the only times that so much family is in one spot at once. That being said, it’s easy to skimp on making the family shot list before the wedding, but it is so important! I can’t tell you how many times people tell me that they are so happy that they got those photos with parents or grandparents, because their wedding day was the last professional photos that they have of them all together.

6. I would have had a smaller wedding

I know, I know, you’re thinking “um, read #1”, but this is different. I almost bundled these two together, but didn’t. The reasoning behind having an intimate wedding is different than eloping. Some said that they wanted a smaller guest count because they felt obligated to invite more people. Well, guess what: it costs between $30-100 per guest JUST FOR DINNER! That doesn’t include dessert, gifts, table and chair rental, table decor, etc. So is feeling obligated worth it? If so, that’s a-okay, but if not then don’t do it! Another reason is so that they could have spent more on their honeymoon. I have photographed some amazing intimate backyard weddings, weddings at airbnbs, and camping weddings.

I would say that every wedding is different, and the overall vibe that I get from married couples is that if you are feeling obligated to do something, you might not end up being happy about it. Take all of these with a grain of salt though, because if you ARE feeling a huge wedding, with all of the traditional everything, then you do you!!

Check out a collection of small and big weddings here!

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