Whenever someone hears that I am a wedding planner, especially a recent bride, they share with me all the details of their weddings including their joys and regrets. I sincerely love hearing about recent weddings. I have learned a lot from casual acquaintances’ tell-all accounts and have used these insights to make me a better planner and help clients navigate their wedding plans with foresight.
I decided to reach out to former brides and grooms that I am acquainted with through social media and asked them what are some things that they regret not including in their wedding day. The answers were across the board consistent. I had over 200 responses and pretty much all former brides and grooms agreed that they wished they didn’t skimp on professional vendors and services. The top 3 types of services that they regret not including in their wedding day were no surprise to me. Read further to see if they come as a surprise to you!
” I wish I would have spent more on my DJ! That is your entertainment right there. Without entertainment, sometimes the reception can be kind of awkward.”
“Our friends were “DJs” and gifted us their time. That was great, but they messed up a lot of important details, didn’t follow the playlist, and didn’t even play the most important song for us. Definitely wish we would have invested in a professional.”
“I loved my wedding photos, but do regret not hiring a videographer though. Some videos of our first dance, caking cutting and the vows would have been great.”
“We didn’t hire a videographer (a friend taped the ceremony for us, so we have that) and I wish I would have spent more and gotten the photographer I really had my heart set on. Ours was good, but because of our timeline, I chose quickly. I wish I had been more intentional about that because while the photos are fine, I think we could have gotten a better person for the same price or a little more, and been happier.”
3. Wedding Planner
“If I could do it all over again, I’d have gotten a wedding planner. I completely underestimated the amount of time and energy it would take to plan a wedding and I was so stressed on the day of the wedding that I wasn’t able to fully be present and enjoy the day and key moments.”
“My one regret was not hiring a day-of coordinator, so that family and my husband and I could relax a little more”.