Married Monday: 30+ Things People Would Change About Their Wedding If They Could

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Have a first look, or wait until you walk down the aisle to see each other? Invite everyone you know, or keep the event small and intimate? Princess ballgown and a veil, or bohemian sheath dress and a flower crown? There are SO many decisions to make when you’re planning a wedding, and anyone who has planned one can likely relate to the stress and pressure of wanting everything to be perfect.

No wedding is ever completely perfect, of course. Something always goes wrong, or at least turns out a little differently than you had originally planned. But at the end of the day, the most important part of a wedding day is the covenant vows you make to God and each other, and celebrating the love He divinely inspired between you and your new spouse.

If we could go back in time, however, those of us who are married can probably think of at least one thing that we would do differently on our wedding day. Maybe we wish we hadn’t stressed out so much about the font on our napkins (all of which ended up in the trash regardless), or we regret not choosing a better photographer. Never planned a wedding before? Keep reading, and consider taking our advice!


Things People Would Change About Their Wedding

TO ELOPE OR NOT ELOPE:
“I would elope. 🀣 Too much money, time, and energy spent on making other people happy, when the day should have only been about the 2 of us.” — Amber Simon

“Would have eloped! 🀣” — Bri Johns

“Eloped. 😜” — Jalynn Schroeder & Karlie Collins

“Elope πŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈπŸŒ” — Laura Robinson


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PHOTOGRAPHY:
“I would have taken your advice and spent the bulk of my money on a photographer!” — Madison Hammock

“Spent money on a good photographer!” — Ashley Caldwell

“Taken a picture with the littles… I don’t have a single picture with flower girls or the little guys. …There’s only pictures of them walking down the aisle.” — Kanda Forbis

“[The] photographer and video to [have] been better – [for the] second one I had the photog for the court house.” — Mary Schmitz

“I would have gotten a photo with my [high school] friends. One passed away a few months later.” — Kacy Hull

“More pictures of Dustin [the groom] at our ceremony.” — Mahalee May

“Have a list of the must have pics for the photog ahead of time. Wish I had a few more fam pics.” — Kate Stitely

“My photos. We went with a family friend photog since she was cheaper and the pics stink.” — Janessa Buckles


THE TIMING:
“I would get married in the Spring or Summer so my Birthday, Anniversary & Christmas weren’t all in a 2Β½ week span!” — Ellan Edwards

“Starting it earlier in the afternoon, 7pm was too dark for September.” — Kanda Forbis

“I would have made the reception a little longer. We were having so much fun and it went by way too fast!” — Baylee Hundley

“Have a wedding in December rather than August.” — Karlie Collins

“It was perfect! I only wish I had planned ahead & maybe even days or weeks before the wedding done my bridal shots & been up earlier so I could’ve spent more time with guests [versus] taking pictures. However, my pictures are videography are perfect so it was worth it. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜” — Addy Forkum


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THE SIZE:
“I would have done smaller and more intimate. Just very close friends and family.” — Julie Ray

“Destination wedding!!” — Emily Williams

“Amount of bridesmaids and groomsmen. I would honestly love to have had just family (sisters and sister-in-laws).” — Taylor Bryant

“Our wedding party was too big. 7 bridesmaids.” — Kanda Forbis

“Much smaller wedding, much bigger reception / party.” –Tracy Moore-Burnett

“A lot smaller.” — Lucy Newlin


CHOOSE WISELY:
“Different husband first go around. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚” — Mary Schmitz

“My first husband, yep I would have waited on Randy. πŸ€—” — Pat Moore

“The person.” — Cory Gray (an unmarried contributor πŸ˜‚)


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THE DETAILS:
“A different dress. It was very large and altered down to fit, the cups didn’t though. [And] more table decor because ours was limited.” — Kacy Hull

“Making sure my mom didn’t have anything to coordinate. She was busy and stressed.” — Katherine Randolph

“When my bustled train messed up at the reception that I would have taken time to fix it.” — Sydney Boyer

“There should always be an open bar…always.” — Dylan Lemons (another unmarried contributor πŸ˜‚)


HAVING SOMEONE FILM IT:
“I would have hired a videographer.” — Courtney Rhudy

“I would’ve had the ceremony recorded on video. That’s my only regret.” — Tessa Cooper

“I would [probably] say a videographer.” — Ashley McCain

“Book a professional videographer…there is a bootleg video out there somewhere, but I don’t know who has it. πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ” — Christi Gulley

“I would have done pictures after and had more pictures done and video.” — Charity Hill

“A VIDEOGRAPHER. I really wish I could go back and watch the wedding.” — Sheridan Burns

“Would’ve hired a videographer and/or a better photographer.” — Jennifer Briggs


DO WHAT YOU WANT:
“Had the waffle bar like I wanted!!! 😬” — MaRisa Dingler

“Wore the dress I wanted!” — Jalynn Schroeder & Karlie Collins

“Lol I probably would have made myself have a little bit more champagne to loosen up! πŸ˜‚” — Kassi Wilkey

“To be more in the moment and not stressed over the little things.” — Maddy Haines

“I would love to have had dancing, but weddings were different in the 80’s. Actually, a lot of things were different in the 80’s.” — Dayna Simma

“Caring about everyone else’s opinion.” — Dani Leckie


TOO MANY THINGS:
“We had no $ and got married before things like Pinterest..so I have too many to count. πŸ˜‚” — Courtnie Whitley

“Lol is there a limit to the amount of things I can change? πŸ˜‚” — Sarah Hoedebeck


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THE UNICORNS:
“This is gonna shound cheesy, but I wouldn’t change a thing. 😊” — Eliya Bolgrin

“Absolutely nothing! It was more perfect than I ever dreamed! I always tell friends who are getting married, small weddings/eloping is the way to go!! Getting married to your best friend in the mountains with just your closest friends and family is the dreamiest. 😍” — Brittnie Harris

“I’m going to be the annoying person who says absolutely nothing. πŸ˜…” — Amelia Helen

“We went to Eureka Springs and only took 3 families plus mine. It was perfect! I [wouldn’t] change anything!!!” –Mary Palmatary-Geary

“Not a thing! We had one mishap that almost resulted in no cake, but my peeps got it taken care of before I knew it.” — Kim Harris-Montgomery


AND FINALLY, THE BEST ADVICE OF ALL:
“Nothing. It was magical. ❀️ Because I had a wedding planner.” — Sara Lin

“I loved my wedding but it was a lot of stress so I kinda wish I would’ve had a wedding planner!” — Cara Crabtree

Would you change anything about your wedding, if you could? Let me know in the comments. And if you’re engaged and looking for an organized, resourceful wedding planner to coordinate your big day, please email lahendricks12@gmail.com!

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