How to Have Zero Regrets on Your Wedding Day

No one wants to have regrets when it comes to their wedding day. After all, it’s one of the most special and memorable events of your life. (Not to mention all the time and planning that goes into your big day! And, yes, money.) But as the saying goes, “Even the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” Sometimes your wedding doesn’t go according to plan—but that’s OK because we have some tips on how to have zero regrets on your wedding day.

Set your priorities and let the rest go

A bride and groom standing at their wedding venue.

When it comes to wedding planning, set your priorities and must-haves and then let the rest go. If you know what you absolutely need in a venue, for example, then put your time and energy into finding the best place for you. But that also means you can be a little more relaxed when it comes to other things like selecting the band. Realizing that not everything on your wedding planning to-do list has to be 110 percent will let you off the hook a bit. This way, you’re committing to what is most important to you and can compromise on the things that aren’t, which will not only let your day run more smoothly but also allow you to go to bed at night knowing you did the best you could.

Accept that not everything has to be perfect

Yes, you certainly should have the wedding of your dreams, but reality isn’t always perfect and neither will be your wedding—and that’s not a bad thing! Craving and demanding perfection is only a recipe for dissatisfaction and unhappiness. When it comes to making choices, whether it’s your cake or decor, focus on what fits the best rather than what is the best. What meets most of your standards and requirements? After all, we can never know what’s the absolute best choice. Maybe there’s another wedding dress you like—but maybe there’s not! Allowing some wiggle room and grace when it comes to wedding planning will make you happier and more at peace.

Focus on experiences and not things

A bride and groom at their first dance.

Having the perfect cake topper or the prettiest bouquet doesn’t matter when it comes to the experience of your wedding had by you and your guests. Remember that your day isn’t about having the perfect wedding, but committing to your union and spending time with your closest friends and family. It’s easy to get caught up with the little details, however, at the end of the day no one will remember if the napkins matched the color palette. Focus on how you can make your wedding meaningful and memorable for all involved and less about the small things.

Plan the wedding that you want

It’s so easy to get carried away with others’ expectations of our wedding, especially family and friends. Heck, even images on Instagram and Pinterest can make us second-guess our choices. We might even change our minds about what we want in order to fit in with what everyone else’s weddings look like. This will no doubt lead to some regrets if you’re not true to your original vision. When in doubt, plan the wedding that feels right to both you and your fiance, no matter what.

Be present on the big day

Two brides holding hands during their wedding ceremony.

Being present on your wedding day is something you’ll always be grateful for, so make sure you keep that in mind! It’s not every day that all the special people in you life come together to celebrate your love. Cherish the time with your new husband or wife and your inner circle and soak in every minute. You’ll be glad that you did.

Having zero regrets on your wedding day is possible when you worry less about perfectionism and focus more on the meaning behind your celebration. Don’t sweat the small stuff and instead lean into the magic of your wedding and what it means to you—and you’ll definitely have a day to remember and cherish always.

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