Five Last-Minute Wedding Mistakes

1214426250The wedding is over, and I have to say, I’m relieved. After putting so much time, effort, and money into our nuptials for the past year and half, I pictured myself as a nervous and touchy bride walking down the aisle. But I wasn’t nervous about marrying my hubby. I was worried that something would go terribly wrong.

And a few things did. But nothing major. In fact, despite my troubles, I still had a perma-grin on my face the entire day. However, a few situations could have easily been prevented if I had been more prepared. Now that all the June weddings are coming up, here’s what I learned about bracing yourself for the big day.

Last Minute Tasks: Print your wedding ceremony program at the very last minute, if possible, to account for any changes. My reader canceled a week before the wedding, and since I had tried to do things far in advance, I had to print the whole program all over again to give my backup reader proper acknowledgment.

Picture Permission: Check with the hotel or inn where you are staying to make sure that you’ll be able to take photos there. I booked my B&B 10 months in advance, and even informed them that I would be getting ready with my gals there. But when my bridal party and I emerged from our room to snap a few photos, the owner was not happy. She forced us outdoors and into the rain. Sometimes, spelling everything out is necessary.

Rehearsal Dinner Disaster: Even though you think you don’t need a seating chart for your closest friends and family, do it anyway. You don’t want to have moms, dads, stepmoms, and bridesmaids looking uncomfortable and confused when trying to find their proper place at the table.

Flower Frenzy: Determine where all the ladies will get ready, and where all the men will gather, and have the florist drop off the flowers to those places before the ceremony. I had it right with the bridesmaids’ bouquets, which were delivered to our room. But the groomsmens’ boutineres and the mothers’ corsages went straight to the church, leaving everyone scrambling to pin them on right before the ceremony began.

Dress Woes: It’s not worth trying to keep the dress clean. In order to get the photos I wanted, I had to traipse through mud, grass, and beach sand to get the perfect photos. By the end of the night, I didn’t even flinch when someone spilt a little red wine down the front. The way I look at it, the dirtier the dress, the more fun I had!

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