5 Common Wedding Day Pitfalls

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Wedding pitfallsIt goes without saying that getting married is one of the most joyous moments in life, but if you want to make it an affair to remember for everyone involved, you’ll want to avoid making any of the common gaffes that I’ve seen time and time again.  What are those gaffes, you ask?  Well, read on and find out!

One of the most disappointing things you can do from your guests’ perspective is to schedule too much time between the wedding ceremony and the reception.  Of course, there’s a fine line here – you want to leave enough time for wedding pictures but you also don’t want your guests to fall asleep from boredom while they wait for the party to start.  If possible, try and schedule only 1 hour between the 2 events.  If for some reason you absolutely must lengthen the time in between, consider setting up a small lounge area with drinks so your guests have someplace to go other than back to the hotel room.

The second pitfall is a droopy or stained wedding dress.  If, for example, someone steps on your train, the fit will loosen and your dress might start dragging on the ground.  Thus, it’s always a good idea to secure some extra safety pins to the inside of your dress just in case.  If something spills on the dress, use baking soda, corn starch or baby powder to try and cover it up, assuming it’s a white dress (hence, bring one of these items with you on the big day just in case).

Another gaffe is when brides hide their face.  No, this isn’t done in shame, but rather it’s usually a function of wearing an inappropriately framed hairstyle or veil.  These things must frame your face, not cover it up, especially the right side of your face which is generally the side that faces the groom.

Another common gaffe is having misbehaving children in or at the wedding.  If a child will be participating in the actual wedding ceremony, make sure he / she gets a good night’s sleep and goes potty before the ceremony kicks off.  And for kids in general, it’s always a good idea to bring some snacks and coloring books to hold their interests.

Finally, make it clear that relatives are not allowed to take close-up pictures during the ceremony.  There is nothing worse than having your view blocked, or the couple distracted, by an over-zealous picture-taker.  It’s far better to leave the photo-taking to a professional and share the photos with your family and friends afterward via a wedding website that you can create.

The bottom line is that your wedding is one of the happiest days of your life, so why take a chance of something less-than-desirable happening?  Take the necessary precautions to avoid the 5 pitfalls above, and you can all but guarantee a wonderful experience.  Good luck!

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