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Seven Things Brides Regret NOT Doing at Their Wedding

  • 4 min read

We totally feel you sis – this is your dream day! So why not make it special?

In the hustle and bustle of trying to get everything done, the last thing you want is regretting NOT doing something on your wedding day. Today’s Wedding Wednesday is chock-full of ideas that previous brides chose not to do on their wedding day...but looked back and regretted their decision!

Don’t be that bride – let’s dive in!

Skipping Reception Food

Whether you go all out with a four-course meal or not – this is one thing that many brides regret not doing at their reception. We recommend definitely offering some sort of food at your reception because this is actually what KEEPS people at your reception.

It sounds silly, but while you’re getting photos done after your ceremony, your guests are patiently waiting for your return. Unfortunately, some aren’t as patient as others.

If you have something to keep guests busy, such ashors d'oeuvres and a cocktail hour – many guests won’t mind the wait! If your wedding reception falls during a typical mealtime, you should definitely be serving appetizers or finger foods (at a minimum).

If food isn’t served, not only will guests get bored but they also leave in search of food. Many times once they leave, they will not return.

Food Pro Tip: If you’re having a hard time wrapping your head around food for your reception, here are a few ideas.

Appetizers, hors d'oeuvres, or finger foods:

  • Veggies and fruit trays with dips
  • Your favorite food in “mini” size


  • Plated meal
  • Buffet-style

Not Giving Your Photographer a Photo Checklist

Even though your photographer has probably shot countless weddings and knows the best angles and shots – you should still touch base with them about a photo checklist. This will ensure that your expectations are met and that your photographer knows exactly how to capture your day to make it special and memorable.

Each couple is different and has different needs, so your touch-base meeting with your photographer about your photo checklist should happen one-month out from your wedding day. When you fail to get on the same page with your photographer, they might end up missing essential moments or not having certain family members included in the photos.

Photo Checklist Pro Tip: Not sure where to start with your checklist? Let us help!

  • Create a list of the bridal party and family members that are “must-have photographs.” This ensures nothing is missed!
  • If there are any special moments or unique details that you want to be photographed, make sure and note this for your photographer.

Selecting a Memorable 1st Dance Song

When it comes to choosing your first dance song (with your new spouse, father/daughter, and mother/son dances) pick songs that mean something. Many brides regret choosing a popular or random song selection as opposed to choosing a heartfelt song with memories.

1st Dance Pro Tip: Think about songs that bring meaning to your relationships.

  • Do you have a favorite song or band that you both enjoy as a couple?
  • Do the lyrics of the song hold great meaning or significance?
  • Is there a song you always listened to with your parents as a child?
  • Do your parents have a special song that holds meaning? This might be a sweet way to surprise your father or mother!

Staying at a Hotel on Your Wedding Night

Trust us, spending the extra $150 for a night of relaxation on your wedding night is a MUST! This is one thing we promise you won’t regret.

After a long and exhausting day being the center of attention, going from this thing to that – staying the night somewhere you don’t have to worry about cleaning, is such a blessing. Coming home to a clean hotel room for the night will be a breath of fresh air!

Hotel Pro Tips: Make sure you book your hotel a few months in advance of your wedding date. The last thing you want is to be running around in your wedding attire looking for open hotel rooms!

Also, ask if they offer special rates for newlyweds or the honeymoon suite. You never know what perks a hotel is willing to offer for the new, happy couple!

Switching Dresses

Many brides regret NOT switching out of their wedding dress for the reception or grand exit. If letting loose on the dance floor is your jam – you might consider an optional outfit for your reception!

It’s a freeing feeling to know that you can still look bridal while also feeling comfortable on your wedding day. Consider if your wedding dress is comfortable or easy to move in, and if not – switching might be in your best interest!

Dress Switching Pro Tip: Lucky for you, we have the best connections for comfy, bridal outfits to change into for your reception and grand exit! Check out our endless little white dress options.

Choosing Comfortable Wedding Shoes

Just like the dress dilemma, the shoe dilemma is VERY real! The last thing you want is to be dying in your wedding shoes halfway through your wedding ceremony (unless you believe beauty is pain – in that case, go for it girl!). On the other hand, many of us would like to be able to party it up on the dance floor without smiling through the pain.

Wedding Shoe Pro Tip: If you insist on wearing those stunning stilettos but still want to save your feet, opt for a comfy pair of sneakers or flips for your reception. This way you’re still getting those gorgeous photos but you’re able to walk the next day!

Don't make the same mistakes that these brides have made! We're happy to help you girl! Be sure to check out The Wedding Planning Formula Membership, your one stop for all things wedding planning!