Friday, March 15, 2013

5 Things I Would've Done Differently

If I could do it all over again...

Wedding Do-Over
  • I wouldn't have worried so much about numbers. My bridal party, for example, was uneven after a bridesmaid opted out. Instead of just letting it be that way, I asked my brother's girlfriend. Almost a year later, they've broken up and she will forever be in my wedding photos. All for the sake of keeping it even. 
  • I would've booked the best photographer available and adjusted my budget accordingly. (cautionary tale on wedding photography) I also would've compiled a list of shots I wanted from my photographer. I hate seeing adorable photos on Pinterest and wishing I had a similar one. 
  • I would've looked into hosting our ceremony and reception at the same location. It would've saved us the hassle of booking a limo, given us more time for pictures and allowed the guests time to relax instead of traveling in between.
  • I would've done a "first look" with my groom! Those shots are to die for and I love the idea of having that special moment alone, rather than in front of an audience.
first look bride and groom
Brooke G Images
bride and groom first look
Irish Eyes Photography
  • I would've hosted a morning-after brunch. Rather than leaving for our honeymoon first thing the next morning, I would've waited a few hours and spent some time with all of our out of town guests at a small breakfast. It would've allowed us to spend more quality time with family and not be rushing to the airport.
What types of things do you imagine you'll regret if you don't do them?
Or if you're already married, what are the things you'd do over if you could? Comment below and tell me your thoughts!

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  1. I did the same thing with my bridal party!! My maid of honor who was also my best friend backed out of my wedding 2 weeks before!! So I bumped up one of my other bridesmaids to maid of honor and asked my brothers girlfriend to be one of my other bridesmaids so I had even numbers. They are still together but I'm not sure how long it will last. She also wore black shoes when everyone else wore white! My photographer also wasn't the greatest. I got 1 bridal shot of myself and I hate it with a passion. We missed a lot of pictures of family and everything. In like 10 years I've already told the hubs just me and him are going to renew our vows in some Caribbean island by ourselves! Hahaha.

    1. Amanda, that sounds awful! For me, it was my sister-in-law, I can't imagine it being my best friend. Although, I had a friend who had the same thing happen to her! I totally feel you on the sucky wedding photos. And I told my hubs the same thing! In fact, we JUST talked about our dream vow renewal last night and are hoping for a beach too! I think it's the perfect solution :)

    2. yup, I just think it was jealousy ;)

  2. Thanks for including our first look :) It was definitely my favorite moment of the day, and calmed my nerves SO much! As far as what I would change: I would've waited to pick bridesmaids and groomsmen until closer to the day. We were engaged for 19 months and my relationships changed with a couple of the girls over that amount of time. I don't even talk to 1 of them now and it's only been 7 months since we were married. And I'm also looking forward to our 10 year vow renewal on the beach. We hope to go to a Sandals resort!