No wedding is completely mistake-proof, but there are little mistakes and then are mistakes that have people talking for years after the wedding.
First and foremost – watch your wardrobe. The last thing any bride or groom needs on their big day is a wardrobe malfunction. This is the sort of thing that gets talked about everytime someone mentions the wedding – and can end up immortalized through your wedding pictures and video. Check the appearance of your dress in various lighting and make sure dresses and tuxes are properly fitted before the day arrives. Remember – that black lingerie might be a nice surprise for your husband-to-be, but you don’t want to show it off to the entire guest list!
During your ceremony, one of the most important things to do is to be on time for the wedding! Being late to the altar is inconsiderate – not only to your soon-to-be-spouse, but to your guests and service people as well. Things can go wrong at the drop of a dime, but being late to your wedding is highly unacceptable, with the exception of something completely out of your control. Also, before you walk down the aisle, make sure you know exactly where the ring is! You might think this is something that only happens in the movies and on TV, but it happens a lot more in real life than it should. Before the ceremony begins and you walk down the aisle, make sure that you know where the ring is to avoid ruining a ceremony with the panic that comes with lost rings.
At your reception, you might think you’re home free, but there are still a few things you need to keep in mind. Don’t use your reception as a way to save money on your wedding budget. Ensure that you have enough food and drinks for everyone on the guest list, with a little extra in case there’s a surprise guest or two. There’s nothing worse than attending a wedding that doesn’t have enough dinner or drinks for the entire guest list. You know this, no doubt, from experience, and your guests will know it too. Also, it’s natural for the bride or groom or both to make a speech at the reception, but do it before you start heading to the bar. You’ll be glad you did once you watch the wedding videos. You may want your guests who plan to makes speeches to follow your lead. It’ll help you to keep from having that first fight on your wedding night after the best man toasts with comments about your behavior as a teenager or things you don’t want the rest of the wedding guests to know!
Of everything that could go wrong with a wedding, many people seem to make the biggest possible mistake out there. That’s right. They invite the dreaded ex. Unless you have a reason to, just don’t do it. It’s uncomfortable for everyone involved and it should be avoided. Remember that famous episode of ‘Friends’ where Ross mistakenly calls his bride by Rachel’s name? Inviting your ex to your wedding is almost inviting a similar thing to happen to you. Or someone in your wedding party will almost assuredly toast you and your ex instead of you and your newly-married better half!
Even if you plot out the perfect wedding, surely something will go wrong. Some things are out of your control, but if you can keep control of the things that could cause long-lasting tragic results – the sort of thing that people talk about for a long time – your wedding will be all the better for it!