To answer a question I get asked all the time - Yes, I absolutely loved our wedding but there are a few things I'd change about it if I had my time again.
In hindsight it's easy to plan it all again in your head and to work out what you would do differently, and while I don't regret any part of my wedding (have I said I loved it?!) there are some elements that could have been even better.
Get dressed by an expert
I was lucky enough to have a couture gown and my designer even came to my wedding ceremony! She was also kind enough to offer to come to my house and dress me on the morning of our wedding, but I said no as I didn't feel it was necessary. In hindsight I should have definitely had her there. "¨"¨It ended up being quite stressful and rushed and while my mum and bridesmaid tried very hard to get my gown on me it was difficult as they were very worried about damaging it. In the end I completely forgot to put the tulle on under the gown so I had to do it all over again - disaster!
Choose your side
This seems silly to write about but it really affected me and is more important than you might think. As the wedding car was a tight fit in our driveway I could only get in one side of the car when I was picked up, and it was the wrong side for getting out on the right side at the church. "¨"¨As a result I had to move over the back seat of the car when we got to the church and it was really difficult with a big gown and everyone looking at me! I was also very teary at the time so it wasn't the grandest of entrances.
Keep entertainment in mind
We were umming and ahhing a lot about what musical entertainment to get. We had a bagpipe player for our entrance to the reception and then ended up with a DJ for the dancing part of the night. "¨"¨Even though our DJ was great we wanted a band as we like live music. In hindsight I wish we had trusted our instinct and gone with one. For our reception style it would have been perfect and I think it would have made the party even more fun!
Two years ago when we got married it didn't seem as popular as today, but I would have loved to have a stylist help us with our wedding. This is the ideal as it depends on your budget but even just some advice with our reception styling would have been great. I think we did a great job but a stylist would have taken it to the next level.
Make the most of your flowers
We went for minimal flowers - bouquets for myself and our bridesmaid, buttonholes for the guys and our parents, and candles with scattered rose petals on the reception tables. We used roses which were wonderful, and perfect for our winter wedding, but I now wish we had used more of them. "¨"¨Flowers are so beautiful and add a lovely touch to the overall theme of your wedding. I loved what we had but just wanted more! I should have listened to my florist.
I'm being picky with my pointers above but that's because they were the only things I'd change. It was a beautiful day and so much fun - I wish we could do it all over again.
If you've already been married what would you change about your wedding? And if you're about to get married what are you most worried about?
And here's some more tips for your wedding day - Ten wedding unavoidables you need to know about.
I hope your wedding is just perfect!