When you think of your wedding day to come, chances are you dream of a perfect event with everyone looking their best, all around you helping the day come together precisely the way you intended, and all the details slipping gently into place seamlessly.
But those of us who have been in the trenches of bridal planning and lived to tell the tale know better. It just doesn’t happen that way. Compromises are made. People develop issues and choose to deal with them in unhelpful ways. The budget doesn’t go as far as you expected.
Most of all, we make mistakes.
We choose professionals without adequate research. We fall for the line of ‘you must have the latest wedding gew gaw because it’s shiny rather than because it’s something that matters to us. We fail to hold out for something that really does matter to us because someone else will be upset if we don’t do it their way. We lose track of prices, forget important details, or fail to consider our own personalities in the miasma of expectation.
The good news is, those of you preparing for this incredible journey called marriage have the veteran brides to guide you and offer advice.
So, all you settled married ladies out there, what was the biggest mistake you made in planning your wedding? What would you do differently if you had it to do over? What’s the thing where you’re glad you stuck to your guns no matter what? What’s the best piece of real world advice you have to give a woman starting to plan her wedding?