30 Common Wedding Fails Every Bride Could Avoid.

These 30 common wedding fails, revealed by our real-life brides, could have easily be avoided with a little prior planning… Read on to make sure you don’t make the same mistakes!

Short of time on the wedding morning

Not leaving enough time for hair and make-up. Make sure your bridesmaids get hair and make-up out of the way first, so your artist has time to concentrate on you – the bride!

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Last minute DIY

Trying to do more DIY details than you can handle, and running out of time. Many brides complained about this nightmare scenario. DIY is a great way to personalise your day on a budget, but if you don’t allocate enough time to finish the job properly, you will end up spending more money in the long run.

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Too many cooks…

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Forgetting to set parental boundaries. This is another common wedding fail among couples, as many complain of parents interfering with their plans. Set boundaries right from the start, and give them specific jobs so they can feel involved without taking over.

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Buying accessories before your dress

A big dress fail! Many brides have got caught up in the excitement of wedding planning and bought accessories before the gown. Then, when they find their dream dress, guess what? The accessories don’t match. The dress should be the centre of attention and the accessories should complement it – not the other way round.

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Speedy decisions

Being too narrow-minded when it comes to choosing your dress – try on a few, you never know what you might like! Coloured or tinted wedding dresses have proved popular in the last 3 years so make sure you try on few wildcards while you have the chance. You might be surprised!

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Not involving your husband-to-be

A common mistake and one of the reasons why so many brides turn into bridezillas during the wedding planning. It’s a day for both of you so include your man in the preparations – common jobs for grooms include sorting the suits, drinks and honeymoon.

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Not securing your venue first

You book the registrar before securing a venue. So you’ve sorted a date and you want everything to start moving along so you put your deposit down on a venue… But wait! Have you booked the registrar yet? No? Then they may not be available. Put a tentative hold on your venue or a minimal refundable deposit on your venue until you know for definite that someone will be able to marry you!


Thinking wedding insurance isn’t worth it

wedding insurance can cover you from everything from supplier bankruptcy to cancellation due of illness. Basic policies start from around £20 so it’s a no-brainer.

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Forgetting to eat on the day

You do not want to be the next You’ve Been Framed bride that faints at the altar. Make sure you eat something at breakfast and limit your alcohol intake during the day.


Not saying hello to all your guests

You don’t have to spend hours with them, just a quick hello and thank you for coming will suffice. Personally handing out favours at the reception is a great way to do this.


Un-natural Poses

Doing silly photography poses that just don’t feel natural to you. OK you need to give your photographer the benefit of the doubt in most cases, but if they’re asking you to smooch a little too much or climb a tree or anything else that doesn’t feel comfortable, just say no. Meeting with your photographer beforehand so he or she can get a feel of what you’re like as a couple should stop this!

Not getting a picture with your mum

A common mistake, especially when your dad gets so much attention walking you down the aisle.

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A drastic look

Yes a wedding is a formal occasion but that doesn’t mean you hair has to be? If you feel more like you with your hair down, don’t decide to go drastic with your bridal look and wear it up if it simply isn’t you. Try out new styles and see how they work for you but the truth is the more natural and comfortable you look, the more confident you will feel.


On-the-day makeup supplies

Forgetting your make-up emergency bag on your big day. Touch-ups are essential throughout the day – plus your evening guests will want to see you looking as fresh and as fabulous as you were in the morning.


Budgeting for wedding dress alterations. 

Keep in mind that you will more than likely have to pay for alterations to your gown especially if you’re buying off the peg.

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Forgetting to book a manicure

Your hands are going to be photographed all day – and up close – so bitten nails are a big no no.

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Fixating on the small details

Rain on your wedding day, favours pointing the wrong way, your table plan not positioned in the exact place you wanted… All little annoyances that will melt away into the background. Don’t sweat the small stuff and concentrate on getting married!


Forgetting your bridesmaids have lives outside of your wedding

This is common b2b fail! Yes, your girls want to help make your day super special but they also have other priorities. Try to suggest a few dates for activities like dress shopping, rather than dictating a particular time.

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Not finalising guest numbers

Being too laid back about late RSVPs. There is no excuse for a late RSVP. Equally, there is no excuse for adding on a plus one where one was not given and adding children on the invite if they were not specifically listed in the first place.


Too long between ceremony and reception

This is the time when you’ll have your professional pictures taken but if it’s longer than an hour or so, it will get very BORING for your guests. Plan some entertainment, games or food during this time to keep them occupied.

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Compulsory sit-down meal

Feeding your guests on your wedding day doesn’t automatically cue the traditional sit-down meal to toast you into marriage! Buffets, cream teas, hog roasts, street food vans, posh pub grub and ice cream stations are super fun for weddings particularly outdoors, could really save you money and are sure to be a guest-pleaser!

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Being too strict with social media (or not strict enough!)

Do you want pictures from your wedding tweeted before the official ones are released? If so, let guests know before you’re all over Facebook by the end of the day. Equally if you want guests to share your day with other friends and family who couldn’t make it, make your own hashtag so guests can follow all the action.


Not having a wedding budget spreadsheet

If you haven’t already done this, you’ll want to be able to budget for every aspect of your day and keep a track on it as you go.


Including your gift list details with your invitations

it’s best to be spread via word of mouth via your parents, or on your wedding website!


Predicting your dress size on the day

Buying your wedding dress in a size that’s too small, thinking you’ll be able to lose the weight. A common error that will be costly to fix!

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Forgetting to feed your wedding suppliers who are with you all day

A hot meal should be provided for the all-day suppliers like your photographer although they don’t have to be accommodated in the actual reception.

Not giving your table plan enough consideration

Think about your single friends, or maybe if you have divorced parents, they could host their own tables? Check out our guide on seating plans for unconventional families!

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Sending your thank you notes too late!

Wedding etiquette says they should be sent within three months of the wedding date for gifts given on the day!

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Not getting your engagement ring cleaned

Make sure it’s super sparkly when photographed against your new wedding ring!

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Honeymoon Prep

If you are going traditional and leaving for your honeymoon straight after your wedding day make sure you ask someone to bring your honeymoon luggage to the venue! After a day as a princess, you do not want to be carting luggage around! Ask the best man, chief bridesmaid, ushers or parents to help out with this.

Now you’re aware of the common wedding fails, that seem so simple but can easily slip a busy bride’s mind, you can focus on bigger things! We’ve got lots of things to help you with your wedding planning, including checklists, questions to ask, tips and inspiration from our features on dress collections and real weddings.