Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Things I Wish I Had Done Differently on my Wedding

I think it might be a little bit early to be posting on this since the wedding hasn't happened yet! However there are a few things I wish I had done differently or put more consideration into:

1. Hiring a wedding planner. A good planner is supposed to at the minimum, save you her comission. I think it might have been easier if I had hired one especially since I was so short on time. The main place she may have been able to save me money would be the reception venue.
2. Bought a used dress. I was thinking about wearing my sister's dress, but in the end, I decided that I wanted something different than what she had. There is a used dress store near my home, but I was so busy that I felt the need to order my dress before getting a chance to browse there.
3. Not paid $120 to have my dress made for my height. The dress is still too long by about an inch. I still need to decide if I have time to alter it (and if I want to spend the money).
4. Made stronger suggestions for different bridesmaid dresses. My ladies are going to look lovely, however, everyone had to get their dress altered. The other dresses we were considering were $70 more, but I think they would have been less trouble for everyone and they would have fit better. In the end, one friend's mom is altering 4 of the 6 dresses.
5. Reconsidered our wedding venue. It's really really beautiful, but it required a 200 person minimum. We could have been happy having a wedding with 150 people.
6. Had the wedding and reception at the same place. I think this would have made things easier logistically, but in the end, I wanted to get married in a church.


James & Miel said...

Hi Calgirl,

We hired a wedding planner. The upside to having made the hire was that we learned what not to do in the future!

Just to quickly comment, if one is planning on hiring a good planner, be sure you get a chance to interview her and check her references. You definetly don't want to get stuck with someone who doesn't know what she is doing.

Tom said...

And, keep in mind, some of the best wedding planners out there are actually MALE! ;-)

calgirlfinance said...

I agree with both of you guys - make sure you get a good wedding planner and a wedding planner could be a guy.