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15 Things That Brides Wish They Could Change About Their Wedding Day

The day you get married is one of the most important and memorable moments in any woman's life. And while few brides regret their wedding outright — almost all of them have something they would change.

Below is a list of 15 things that brides of Reddit wish they could've changed about their wedding day. Learn well and take heed so that you too don't repeat their mistakes.

Hiring a wedding coordinator.

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"I didn't know you could get one for[sic] one day only. My mom's friend was supposedly the coordinator. But she got too hot and then really just was a guest. Then my family had to clean up after the wedding, so that sucked." - Reddit u/luckeegurrrl5683

Take the time to consider who it is that you're marrying.

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Reddit user Dirty-Angel786 said if they could do things differently, they wouldn't have gotten married in the first place. Let that be a lesson to all of you who might be rushing toward the aisle.

Do not take any sedatives.

Right before the ceremony was due to begin, Reddit user gypsyg66 was feeling nervous and was given an anxiety pill to help her calm down. This made her feel groggy and unable to properly be in the moment.

Do away with what tradition dictates.

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One of the only mistakes Redditor Etherealamoeba feels she made was the decision to allow her father to walk her down the aisle. He wound up leaving early and tried to make the day all about him.

Focus more on the honeymoon.

"I would have skipped the church ceremony and got married at the courthouse. No fancy white dress. I would have spent as much of my budget as possible on a longer honeymoon." - Reddit u/sabbs75

Hire a videographer.

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They don't come cheap, but Redditor CamFreshAir feels that it's well worth the money to hire a videographer. The one and only regret she has from her big day is that there was no video footage of the ceremony.

Making fake friends bridesmaids.

When it comes to selecting your wedding party, there's a lot of pressure to balance out the sides. Redditor baristabombista cautions against doing this and suggests keeping your wedding party to only close friends, regardless of how few they might be.

Remember to hydrate.

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In all the hustle and bustle, it can be easy for a bride to forget to eat and drink throughout the day. Don't allow yourself to get so dehydrated that you're too nauseous or ill to be able to enjoy your dinner/reception.

At the very least, make sure to eat a piece of your own cake.

"I would have taken more time to take everything in. I was so stressed and rushing that I didn’t even eat the food I paid for or the cake." - Reddit u/KayLeeAnnDeneault

Make it about you and just elope.

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Reddit user apugfart wishes that in lieu of the big wedding, that they'd gone to the courthouse and eloped. As someone with two sets of overbearing parents, this is a sentiment I can get behind.

Keep your plans to yourself.

Reddit user CatherineO1 says that you should never tell anyone what you plan to do. Rather, show them what you've already done.

Wedding planning opens the floodgates for unsolicited opinions, so be prepared for an earful if you allow others the opportunity to do so.

Get your photos in early.

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If there's one thing that Redditor ll_brandy recommends, it's that you get your photos done prior to the ceremony. This way, you won't miss cocktail hour and you'll be able to spend more time with your guests.

Remember that the day is about you.

"If you want to make sure to say hi to everyone, do a line at the reception if anything, but don’t take your time to walk around to each couple/person/table. You’ll spend all of your time doing that and won’t have time to do your own things." - Reddit u/pizzaburtito

Don't do a father/daughter dance for the entire length of the song.

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For one thing, Reddit user zelam_27 says that it can feel both forced and awkward. It's much better to gradually invite your wedding party and the rest of the guests onto the dance floor as the song progresses.

Arrange a late night shuttle.

You don't want to be worrying about the possibility of guests getting behind the wheel after they've had too much to drink. Do what Reddit user jacmarko says and hire a shuttle service, if nothing else than for your own peace of mind.

h/t: Reddit