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1. It’s just as hard to plan a small wedding as a big one.

Choosing an alternative venue might mean going without a wedding package – unlike hotels, and you’ll have to organise your vendors and other logistics matters yourself.

2. Being married will feel different.

It’s not just a legal documentation.

3. You might get post-wedding blues.

It’s perfectly normal to be down once you’re no longer a bride. Here’s how you can manage them.

4. Having a large bridal party adds up.

Having 9 bridesmaids may seem like a fun party, but that also means getting 9 sets of bridesmaids gifts, dresses and 18 wedding seats (including plus ones). Be sure you’ve the budget for it.

5. Stay away from the alcohol.

Don’t risk looking bloated or being sick on your big day. Cut out alcohol at least two weeks before your wedding.

6. Too much of Pinterest can be a bad thing.

 Know when you should stop seeking inspiration and start working on ideas that are actually feasible and within your budget. A perfect Pinterest-wedding may not be one that’s you.

7. A wedding planner is worth it.

If you have the budget for it, get a wedding planner. You’ll unlikely regret this decision.

8. Work out.

Trust us, you’ll want to look your best. If nothing else, just lifting 2kg weights every day with your arms can make a difference as they are the one of the first muscles to respond to exercise.

9. Don’t buy bridal lingerie too early in advance.

Your breasts are one of the first areas to go up or down in size if your weight fluctuates. And good-fitting lingerie and shapewear is essential.

10. Get a pair of comfortable wedding shoes.

To survive your wedding day, your feet must first be cushioned well.

11. Not everyone will have a ‘The One’ moment with their wedding gown.

You’ll feel beautiful in more than one dress. Pick one that feels the most you

Our brides share their wedding dress shopping tips here.

12. Picking a non-wedding photographer is a huge risk.

Don’t take the gamble.

13. Your wedding night probably won’t be exciting, in that way.

Sleep will most likely be the main agenda. We’d recommend booking your hotel suite for at least two nights.

14. Don’t forget to feed your bridal party.

They’re not machines. Feed them well in between your full day festivities.

15. Don’t expect your bridal party to be as good as professional wedding stylists.

Expecting them to recreate the work of wedding professionals will be unreasonable of you.

16. You might have to micromanage your groom and groomsmen.

But be sure to do it with grace. More importantly, they are willing to give a hand, even if weddings aren’t their forte.

17. The most expensive thing isn’t always the best thing.

The cheaper option can be more suitable for you. Do your research before splurging.

18. Don’t forget to enjoy your handiwork.

You’ve worked hard for this day so take time to appreciate your decor and set-up. Take it in before everything gets taken down because the day will go by in a flash.

19. The wedding is not just about you.

Use the chance to thank and honour your family and appreciate the help from your friends.

See also: 15 POST-WEDDING TRUTHS FROM REAL BRIDES

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