My biggest wedding regrets

My wedding day was perfect, pretty much every bride would say that about their wedding day. But if I was to do it all over again there are DEFINITELY a few things I would change. So let me share with you a few of my biggest wedding regrets.

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Settling for bridesmaid dresses
Don’t settle for what’s easiest. When my bridesmaids and I went dress shopping we found a dress that was quite close to what we wanted and on sale. So I just went for it and purchased them right then and there. Mistake. Make sure you absolutely love your bridesmaid’s dresses before you make the purchase, you’ll thank me for it later.

Having my wedding on a weekday
It’s simple really. People have work, people will leave before you even get the chance to thank them for coming. That’s what happened at our wedding, and I was inevitably disappointed. Because we were planning our wedding in three months, and the venue of my dreams is usually booked out a year before, I settled for a weekday. Although in my opinion if you have a choice, opt for a weekend, it’s worth the extra money.

Not having a ‘first look’ and bridal photography before the ceremony
Not only would these have been a great start to the day, but it would’ve also given me more time to our guests. I feel like I didn’t get to see even half of our guests as a result. Although, if you were having the wedding on a weekend and your guests are likely to stay quite late, I don’t think this would be a problem.

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Going natural with makeup

I don’t normally wear makeup, so going natural with my makeup seemed like a no-brainer. Although looking back I wish I had some element of boldness within my makeup, maybe a bolder lip colour? I mean, how often are you going to get professional photography? You might as well go bold and brave with it.

Not making a list for the photographer
I was super happy with the range of photos we were given from our photographer, they were amazing. But brides please remember, your photographer is not a mind reader if you want certain photos then make a list. Especially if you opt to save money by getting a less experienced photographer. They might not have enough experience in knowing what photos bride and grooms value the most. I didn’t do this and missed out on a few photos I would’ve loved to have.

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Apply mosquito repellent

I had everything I needed for the wedding in ‘emergency boxes’ and this included mosquito repellent. Although I didn’t take the time to put it on. BIG MISTAKE. If you are having your wedding outside or taking pictures outside, remember to actually apply repellent before you do ANYTHING. Especially if you are taking photos with sparklers, because you will have to stay quite still for the photos to come out good. While this photo was taken I was being eaten alive by mosquitos and ended up with rashes everywere… not good for the honeymoon.

Photography: Marque Brand Studios http://www.weddingphotographerhamilton.co.nz

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