The best day of your life can take a disastrous turn for the worst if you don’t avoid the mistakes these brides made at their weddings. Guarantee a walk down the aisle with a smile by steering clear of these common wedding bloopers.
1. Be an insecure bride.
This type of bride is a different breed than the infamous Bridezilla. This bride isn’t narcissistic or selfish, but she doesn’t know when to say no, how to delegate, or how to communicate. She absorbs the feelings of the people around her and plans her wedding in a state of confusion and distress.
My friend, Callie, was a classic insecure bride. She would not specifically express her wishes to her family and had dozens of people in her home the night before her wedding. The groomsmen vests were only half sewn, and shockingly, she was expected to make all of them. When her father realized her distress, he demanded that everyone get out of their house – but unfortunately, also ordered out the people trying to complete the tasks she had not delegated. Callie was so stressed on her wedding day, she couldn’t eat. She nearly passed out during the pictures, and ended up with only one shot of the wedding party. She and her new husband left the reception in a rush, and she was on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
2. Let a ‘friend’ take the pictures/video.
It can be difficult to afford a professional. Wedding costs can get out of control, and most brides have to stay within a reasonable budget. But there are some things you do not want to skimp on.
Anna, my cousin, asked her brother’s best friend to shoot her wedding video, as a favor. The result? An out of focus, jiggly video of the ceremony which included a few mystifying camera pans down to his brown dress shoes. The worst part was when he wandered upstairs during the reception with the camera, and recorded a conversation with his girlfriend, who expressed that she was bored to death and wanted to leave. Yes…this was captured on the wedding video for Anna’s posterity. Few things will last from your wedding like your pictures and video, so don’t put this at the bottom of your priority list.
3. Take anything but the vows too seriously.
All of the crazy mishaps a couple experiences in the process of planning and executing their wedding serve to provide entertaining reminiscing for years to come. It doesn’t matter how perfect your plans are, something will go wrong. And guess what? It is okay. Fit, tanned bodies, white teeth, fabulous hors douvres, a spectacular cake, and smoking dance moves are far less important than a well-developed sense of humor. If you know how to laugh when the cake melts, shrug it off when the limo gets lost, and smile when your mother-in-law wears white, the day you make the most impressive commitment of your existence will truly be the best day of your life.