Should’ve, Would’ve, Could’ve

photo: Rebecca Yale Portraits

 

If I Could Do It All Over… Former brides reflect on what they wish they had done differently with their Weddings, and offer advice to a new generation of engaged couples.

 

Malina, Park Slope: “I wish we hired a videographer to document our day. It all goes by so fast, and while I love looking at our photographs, it would be nice to be able to watch it in motion from our television screen.” 

Blake, Upper West Side: “Our wedding was beautiful and I don’t regret a thing, but sometimes I’ll find a small detail and go, ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’ One idea I loved but didn’t think to do: Ask the guests to write down a requested song on the RSVP card, that way everyone will get up and dance to their favorite tunes!” 

Kate, Nolita: “Definitely take a deep breath and relax! I worried about everything so excessively and unnecessarily. It all came together so beautifully, and I felt so silly afterward that I stressed out as much as I did.

Claudine, Gramercy: “I was afraid to use a Wedding Planner because I wanted every aspect to reflect our taste rather than someone else’s. I realized the hard way that just because you collaborate with someone to plan your Wedding, doesn’t mean you’re sacrificing your presence in the details. It probably would have relieved me of a lot of planning headaches!” 

Riley, Lower Manhattan: “My dress was gorgeous, but I couldn’t move. If dancing, sitting, or walking down the aisle feels like a difficult task, go with something else. It’s not worth it, and I ended up looking stiff in photographs anyway. Just be comfortable and have a great time.” 

Francesca, Brooklyn: “I should have let my bridesmaids choose what they wanted to wear. Having everyone stay in uniform turned into a hassle, and keeping everybody happy was an impossible feat. I think if I had let them express their individual style, it would have been a better overall experience. Also, maybe having eleven bridesmaids was too much.” 

Grayson, Tribeca: “I wouldn’t change a thing about my Wedding it was perfect the BEST day of my life!