It's for me to hard to look at my wedding photos, because of wedding regrets. I have many regrets, but my biggest golden kernel of advice to couples is this: Never, never EVER let someone else pay for your wedding.
Not if you're marrying a trust funder, not if your parents are insisting, not if you can't pay yourself. Save up your dollars and have an extended engagement, then use those cold hard Benjamins to have the wedding YOU want.
Why am I saying this?
When you pay for your own wedding, you have complete control over how the wedding goes on. If your mother or your in-laws are calling the shots because you're too broke or you're used to taking hand-outs from your rich parents, guess what, it's technically their show.
My wedding was a nightmare. It was thrown together in 48 hours after my parents decided I was getting married a day early in their house, not at our friend's venue, and our guest list was going from 80 to 20. Because of the short notice and that it was being held on a week night, none of my friends could get off work so they couldn't come. It was me and my husband's family, who I had issues with.
There was no music, no dancing, no fun. This was the opposite of how I wanted it.
So, my parents insisted on paying for my wedding, and they forced me to jump ship on my already planned one for an emergency Bridezilla catastrophe because they held the purse strings.
So, what did I originally want?
I wanted to get married at Cinderella's Castle in Disney World in the summer. My husband vetoed, saying his parents wouldn't come to a theme park for a wedding. So my next step was to go the traditional route for my parent's religion, and get married at our friend's children's camp. I tried to order catering from Freebirds, also vetoed by in-laws. I quickly realized I was going to have to miraculously turn beer into champagne on my meager budget.
I planned a country wedding at my parent's behest and with their dollar. But I had been dreaming about a Disney wedding ever since I learned about them at age 13.
Bear and I should have saved up money to go to Disney World, or some other place nearby. That way, we would have been in control.
If you're unable to wait to get married on champagne tastes, or even beer tastes, please consider a court house. Halfway through wedding planning you'll be dying to run to one anyhow.
But really, is there any such thing as being in complete control of your wedding?
Remember, wedding regrets are normal. But there's a big way to avoid catastrophe wedding regrets: take the reins.
The best way to not have wedding regrets? Focus on the love of your life.
All in all, I do not regret getting married. There is a big difference between wedding and married. I'm currently riding out the coronapocalypse with my sexy awesome husband who I love very much — and am extremely glad to have married!