Your wedding is a momentous occasion and, for most of us, you only get one chance at creating your perfect event. We spoke with several brides and asked them if they had to do it over, what would they have done differently?
"I would have budgeted better."
You have many choices when planning a wedding, but what you can offer is often dependent on your finances. Many brides are not aware of "hidden costs" such as marriage licenses, stationary, invitations, Save the Day Notices, stamps, RSVP cards with prepaid postage, gown alterations, gifts for bridal party, favors, transportation (bridal party and, guests), photographer’s meal, tipping, transportation, and more. Even with the upmost planning, there will still be some unexpected hidden costs that could disrupt your planned budget. McHale's Catering offers a complete Wedding Budget Worksheet that you may wish to use to discover all the costs usually associated with a wedding.
"I would have used a Wedding Planner."
Wedding Planning is very time consuming and puts pressure often on families and the bridal couple themselves. Make sure your plans match your personalities. Don’t be forced into using traditional ideas. Give yourself time to create “pin-ups”. This might be a good time to think about using a Wedding Planner who could save you money, time and less stress in your life. Do you really want to be running around paying vendors and executing the fine details the day of the wedding and reception? That is why most of our reception packages include our Wedding Planning Services, who are experts in creating your perfect day.
"I would have focused more on how to record the day."
Every bridal couple wants memories of this special day so it is important to get the right photographer for the type of photos that you will enjoy for years to come. Many brides have bemoaned the fact that they remember little about the service itself or the reception. Perhaps a videographer might be a better choice to record the actual ceremony. Other couples would like to have more candid shots rather than mostly formal pictures of families and themselves. Relatives sometimes are asked to be the photographers, which, unless they have the skills and knowledge of the art of photography, the pictures could be a disappointment. Have a contingency plan in case of inclement weather and you were planning outdoor pictures. If you need a photographer, we have several partners who specialized in Wedding Photography that we recommend on our site.
"I would have spent more time enjoying the reception."
The reception is a celebration that honors you as a newly married couple beginning your life together as one unit. You have spent hours planning this party, so shouldn’t you enjoy it? All of the budget decisions and planning are behind you. Don’t shorten your fun by having multitudes of formal pictures taken after the wedding and into the reception. Think out of the box and plan for a series of photos taken at a different time, perhaps before the reception, or even the day before. Instead of walking around greeting each table, a reception line at the end of the celebration could suffice. If you are going to make Thank you speeches, sketch them out ahead of time and keep them short. This was one of the primary reasons that many of McHales catering packages offer a 5 hour reception event, so that you have more time to enjoy your reception!
"I wouldn't have stressed so much."
Weddings can be stressful, you have spent a lot of time, money, and energy into many details (from your choice of gown, to the menu, even the color of your wedding cake.) If several details don’t go as planned, don’t vent over it, chances are the guests won’t notice. The important thing is to keep a positive attitude and to simply relax and make as many wonderful memories as possible!