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5 Things Brides Wish They’d Done Before Their Wedding

From the venues, guest lists and seating plans to outfits, flowers and wedding gift lists, there’s a lot of planning that goes into a wedding. And no matter how much time you’ve given yourself to prepare for your big day, there’s always a chance you’ll forget something important.

To help you prevent disaster and have the wedding of your dreams, we’ve put together a list of the most common things brides wish they’d done before their wedding.

Practiced their first dance

Practiced their first dance

Unless you’re planning on doing something completely out of the ordinary, like a flash mob or recreating a scene from a film, you’re probably not considering practicing your first dance. You and your partner can both slow dance, so why would you need to practice?

Even if you’re a great dancer, you’d be surprised at the nerves that come over you take to the dancefloor for the very first time as a married couple. Knowing you’ve already practiced your first dance several times will help settle the butterflies in your stomach and make sure it looks wonderful on camera.

Hired a coordinator?

Hired a coordinator

If you’re preparing for your big day with a wedding planner, chances are they’re going to be there on your wedding day to make sure everything goes smoothly. But if you’ve decided to go it alone and plan your own wedding, it’s definitely worth hiring a wedding coordinator.

Wedding coordinators aren’t as expensive as wedding planners and they take care of absolutely everything on your wedding day. It doesn’t matter whether the food is late or someone has misplaced the wedding rings, the wedding coordinator is responsible for making your day a success.

If you don’t want to hire a coordinator, an alternative is to give a friend or family member this role. Make sure it’s someone you trust to fix any problem quickly and subtly.

Went with digital invites

Went with digital invites

Sending physical invitations is one of the most expensive and unnecessary parts of a wedding. Not only do you need to go through the hassle of choosing invitations, having them printed and sending them out, but you also need to get everyone to return them with a response.

It’s much cheaper, easier and better for the environment if you switch physical invites for digital ones. You can keep it really simple and just send messages to your guests, asking if they’d like to come to your wedding. Or if you still like the idea of proper invites, you can download customisable ones online and send them via email.

Prioritised important pictures

Prioritised important pictures

Time will fly by on your special day and things will get pushed to one side if you don’t prioritise them. If you know you want a special photo of just you and your parents, make sure it’s one of the first photos you pose for.

There will be plenty of opportunities for you to get photos as a happy couple together. But photos with certain people or big groups take longer to organise. Make them a priority before time passes and the day is over.

Go over everything together

Go over everything together

A couple of weeks before your big day, sit down together and go over every single aspect of your wedding. This way you can make sure you’ve covered everything and both of you know what’s going to happen without any surprises.

You don’t want to discover your aunt-in-law has a terrible allergy to dogs when your pet is walking down the aisle as a flower girl. Nor do you want to suddenly remember you were supposed to write heart-felt vows when you’re standing at the altar with nothing to say.

Learn from others’ mistakes

Planning a wedding is no easy task. But you don’t want to be celebrating the happiest day of your life only to realise you’ve forgotten something big. Learn from other brides’ mistakes and make sure the above points are included in your wedding plan

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