Taking more photos with loved ones, having a second dance, or booking a massage after the wedding... see what other things real brides regretted not doing.
"I wish I spent more time admiring my fairylights. I didn't have much decorations at the wedding, but I especially hired a vendor for this. Before the wedding, I was imagining myself enjoying every bit of it during our march-in. But because of my jitters, and my gown (it was very difficult to walk gracefully in it without tripping), my attention was not spent even a second on my extra expenses! So wasted!" - Siau Jiahui, who married Mr T in a blush pink wedding. See how fairylights can be used to magically transform your venue. See also: Jiahui's wedding prep tips, as well as personal practical advice here. "I wish my speech had been more elaborate. I'd written it down but lost the paper on the day itself. I regret not having thanked everyone as I couldn't remember all of them offhand." - Felicia Tan, who married Darren Ho in a winter-themed wedding. See 5 tips to pull off a memorable wedding toast, what to avoid in your wedding vows and speeches, and useful pointers to note for your speech. "I would've liked to have more time in Bali because it is absolutely stunning and it really is one of the most spectacular places in the world." - Denise Keller, who married Robert Gaxiola in a stunning Balinese celebration See also: 7 Bali resorts with breathtaking wedding venues for solemnisations and receptions "If I could do it all over again, I probably would've opted to get married in an air-conditioned place, and ensure there were enough desserts for our guests! They ran out pretty quickly." - Emmeline Low and Kenneth Ong See also: indoor wedding venues with alfresco vibes. "I would have spent more time taking photos with my close friends and families. As the day was packed with activities, I didn't had enough time to capture more moments with my loved ones." - Jenny Tay and Darren Cheng. See the most touching wedding photos with parents and grandparents here. "I would have taken more photos with our wedding entourage, especially the 'sisters'. They looked so pretty in their silver dresses. My advice to all brides-to-be: A photo plan or checklist will come in handy!" - Li Yuling and Anders Gustafsson. See the list of must-have photos for your wedding photographer. "If I could do it again, I would've possibly opted for a dinner instead, since my wedding banquet the following year was also a lunch event." - Lee Xin Hui and Keith Wang. Love the idea of having lunch instead? Here're 8 reasons why it's probably better. "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 and Cory Gallagher. See 7 tips to note when booking your wedding videographer. "On hindsight, we might have held separate celebrations for friends and relatives. We wanted to have more friends at our wedding, but could not, due to the venue’s space constraints." - Koh Pei Li and Symond Lim See also: 7 things brides often overlook for rustic weddings, 10 ways to manage your guest list, and 5 guest list dilemmas to note. "I wish we could've had a second dance after the first one (we picked up the foxtrot for the occasion), especially when our guests asked us to do a second number! But as we had limited time, we carried on with the programme as planned." - Clara Chua and Lawrence Koh. See: all the things you need to know about the first dance, 7 ways to avoid first dance jitters, beautiful first dance pictures from real couples, and modern love songs for your first dance. "If we could do it all over again (we're also having a second celebration in France for Pierre’s family!), I would've had the one wedding dress for the occasion, instead of having multiple changes during the reception, so I would've more time with my loved ones!" - Celia Chen, who wed Pierre Pinault in a French-Chinese ceremony See also: 7 wedding dress shopping tips from celebrity stylist Randy Fenoli, dreamy and romantic princess wedding gowns, modern lace wedding dresses, and sexy feminine illusion dresses. "I would have included a full body massage in our wedding schedule after the celebrations. After all, we were in Phuket!" - Natalie Lim and Timothy Tan. Check out these idyllic islands to head to near Phuket for beautiful shoots.
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