“The best and worst thing I did!”

Real brides spill their wedding day dos and don’ts so you head to your honeymoon without a headache and with a husband!


“Make sure you keep a scrapbook of pictures, fabric, contacts and ideas you like. Being organised is the best way to ensure you get everything you want on the day.” Karen, 29

“If you’re giving a speech put it somewhere safe! I lost mine on the day and had to make it up on the spot. I was a rambling mess by the end.” Justine, 28

“We included a photo in our thank you cards and our guests all said how much they liked the idea because it was a keepsake of the day.” Olivia, 31

“It’s important to include your husband-to-be in the planning if he is happy to be involved. Give him set jobs – like look after the wine list.” Pamela, 36

“Make sure someone has a list of the suppliers’ phone numbers for the day. My band was late and I left their number back at the hotel so I had no way of contacting them!” Julianne, 32

“Keep a list of all the songs you like and add one every time you hear it on the radio. I found choosing the music for the ceremony and video the hardest part so it would have been handy to have a reference!” Greta, 27


“My photographer told me the only thing that ruins a photo is a stressed bride. You can see tension a mile away so just relax and have fun!” Briana, 35

“I don’t see any need to serve spirits at a wedding. Spend the extra money on nice wine for people to enjoy.” Karla, 34

“Don’t be restricted by tradition. We had beautiful plates of food come out and sit in the middle of the table for people to share at the reception. It created a friendly atmosphere and everyone got to taste all the deliciousness on offer!” Lisa, 29

“There’s no need for the bride to be fashionably late to the church. My poor husband was left standing at the altar for 25 minutes in 30 degree heat and has never forgiven me.” Bec, 32

“I didn’t listen to my florist and chose a flower that wasn’t in season for my bouquet. It ended up dying in the heat. I wouldn’t make that mistake again.” Ingrid, 24

“Don’t assume anything! Always ask questions, double check and triple check. Never assume someone has something covered because nine times out of ten they don’t!”

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