"I thought I'd love an outdoor shoot surrounded by greenery, but when it finally came, I wasn't so enthusiastic. It was super hot, I was sweating in my gown and there were bugs everywhere!" - Eileen, 26 Image: ilovehz/123rf.com "We overestimated ourselves by trying to DIY so many things. We should have hired a wedding planner and a professional emcee, so our friends could thoroughly enjoy the party as guests. As for my gown, although my husband feels I was right to go with a custom dress since I couldn't find one on the racks that spoke to me, I have no idea what to do with it now!" - Aster Foo, 35 Image: Joshua Rainey/123rf.com See also: 8 wedding prep tasks to focus on "Changes to your plans can be time-consuming and expensive. I wanted to wear a cheongsam for my wedding day but couldn't find anything suitable, so I signed a package with a bridal salon that had oriental-looking wedding gowns - but no cheongsams. When we were about to confirm our gowns and suits from the salon, I found and bought the perfect cheongsam elsewhere. We ended up not using the bridal package, but still had to forfeit the 50 per cent deposit." -Ng Wan Ting, 32 Image: szefei/123rf.com "I loved it all, but I wished we'd had more time to catch up with all our guests. I missed out on proper conversations with a lot of my long-time friends." - Jessica Tan Image: Jozef Polc/123rf.com "We should have hired a wedding planner instead of organising it ourselves. Nothing prepared us for all the things that needed sorting out." - Eunice, 31 Image: alphaspirit/123rf.com See also: 12 wedding planning mistakes and how to solve them! "When it was over, I was so happy to be married. But if I could relive the day, I would've thanked my parents a little more during my speech. They deserved more credit for bringing me up so well." - Yina, 28 Image: imtmphoto/123rf.com "I wish we had hired a videographer too. Our photographer was fantastic, but there were so many priceless moments like our vows and speeches we could have recorded." - Katrina Stehle Image: Sergey Ryzhov/123rf.com See also: 10 tips when working with your wedding photographer "I actually let my fiance sign a package with the first bridal salon we checked out. I know - big mistake! It didn't have a lot of options for gowns, and I didn't like how our pre-wedding shot turned out too." - Esther, 26 Image: agencyby/123rf.com For more beautiful weddings, get your issue of Her World Brides Mar - May 2017 on sale now at all newstands!
These real brides share what they wish they'd done differently.