Thanks to years of working within the wedding industry, when it comes to bridal regrets the team at Potcakes have heard it all, from tales of guests who got lost finding the church to brides who wished they’d taken a moment alone with their beloved during the celebrations. Here are 10 top tips from Potcakes on how to avoid making fundamental mistakes on your own big day so you have no post-wedding regrets.
Hiring a photographer may seem obvious, but what about all those beautiful lost moments in between the photographs? The day will pass you by in a flash and you won’t be able to witness every tiny detail; by hiring a videographer you can immortalise the day and re-live each treasured moment.
After months (or even years!) of meticulous planning, it can be hard for brides to switch off on the day itself. This is the most magical day for you as a couple and you deserve to enjoy every minute, so take some pressure off yourself and delegate tasks to the bridal party; your bridesmaids will feel more included and you’ll have more time to enjoy your special day.
Overloading your guests with rich a dessert can often leave them too uncomfortable to dance and too full to eat your beautiful wedding cake. Opt for a simple or lighter dessert, and you’ll be sure to avoid an empty dancefloor.
You can’t control the weather but you can be prepared with a smart contingency plan which allows you to overcome any looming rainclouds. Consider a ceremony site that is close to your reception, customise umbrellas with your initials and tap into your photographer’s creativity to ensure your photos look equally amazing in the rain as they would in the sun.
Avoid confusion and social embarrassment by ensuring your invitations clearly and politely state whether guests may bring a plus one. Keeping invitations simple and to the point should guarantee that key information is not overlooked, while the inclusion of a map should rule out any navigation problems for guests who don’t know the area.
Hair & Make-up
Hiring hair and make-up artists will ensure that your look lasts throughout the course of the day. Professionally trained artists apply special techniques and products which won’t leave you with a shiny face and frizzy hair by the end of the reception. You’ll also have more time for a glass of champagne with your bridesmaids, whilst you enjoy the pampering.
Meet with your photographer in advance to discuss your vision and any preferences regarding angles, lighting and style. They only get one chance to capture your special day so it’s important to vocalise what you want to avoid disappointment when you receive your photos. It will also give you the opportunity to get to know each other, which will make you feel more comfortable in front of the camera.
A simple gesture, but often overlooked by busy brides. Many of your guests will have travelled far and wide to see you wed. Try your hardest to mingle and extend your grattitude to each and every one for their presence.
Photo booths are a great source of entertainment, especially when they include some amusing props. To ensure you retain some prints for you and your partner after the wedding, consider a display board which the photos can be attached to, or instruct people to stick them into the guest book alongside their message.
Guarantee your wedding is the most memorable and stress-free day of your life by hiring a professional wedding planner: they will oversee suppliers, ensure timings are kept to and manage any unforeseen problems that arise. With Potcakes by your side every detail will be executed perfectly, so if you’re in the process of planning your wedding, contact the team for a cup of coffee and a friendly chat to discuss your ideas.
Make sure you pay Potcakes a visit in Manchester next weekend on Stand G71