June 2016

Wedding Day Regrets

Wedding Day Regrets | Sensibly Chic Weddings

The choices you make in life, whether for your education, your career, your family, your love life (or that tattoo you got over Spring Break), chances are, you may at times experience that unsettling feeling of regret. As adults, we learn to live with the choices we make, but wedding day regrets can be documented in photos that last generations or engraved in the memories of your loved ones, or even yourself.

In this article, 250 brides were asked what their biggest wedding day regrets were and the top 13 answers were revealed. In life, I believe there are no “mistakes,” but this is your opportunity to learn from the experience of real brides.

 

The Top Wedding Day Regrets From Real Brides

 

#1 Listening to Other People
#2 Registering for Things I Thought I Wanted
#3 Paying Too Much for Centerpieces
#4 Worrying That Everything Is Going to Go Wrong
#5 Not Being Present During the Ceremony
#6 Adding a Third Appetizer
#7 Not Having a Day-Of Coordinator or Wedding Planner
#8 Not Spending Enough Time With Guests
#9 Spending a Lot of Money on Party Favors
#10 Having Too Many [Bridesmaids]
#11 Not Setting a Budget
#12 Waiting Until the Last Minute to Book a Vendor
#13 Not Eloping

A couple of these regrets really stood out to me. #3 Paying Too Much for Centerpieces is more common than you may realize, especially considering 74% of weddings go over budget. If centerpieces are important to you and your wedding vision, then by all means, invest in the look you want. Every couple has their priorities – just remember to prioritize the budget too.

Now, of course I have something to say about #7. Not Having a Day-Of Coordinator or Wedding Planner can pile on unnecessary stress on a couple and their loved ones. A simple Day-Of service can help wrangle vendor deliveries, décor setup, and the logistics of your 6-8 hour ceremony and reception. There’s a reason 60% of couples hire a wedding planner. (OK, I’m off my soapbox!)

The regret that caught me by surprise was #13 Not Eloping. According to this article, a couple tends to elope for either the benefit of their relationship (to focus on their passion for each other) or to escape or rebel against family dysfunction (which can breed resentment later on). Two brides share their motives behind eloping and their experience after they shared the news with their family and friends. This was a very interesting read.

Are you a newlywed that has a wedding day regret? If so, I invite you to share your experience. If you’re planning your wedding right now, subscribe to #ThatsSensiblyChic to stay in-the-know!

Common Complaints About Wedding Planners

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This eye-opening survey lists the top 6 complaints couples have about wedding planners. 537 couples from across America chimed in between December 2015 and January 2016, and the results are below.

If you’re asking yourself “why on Earth would a wedding planner blog about complaints” the answer is simple. I believe an informed couple is a savvy couple. Whether you’re thinking about hiring a Planner, or thinking about planning your wedding without one, this is information I felt you should have in your back pocket.

Tip: If you’re leaning towards hiring a Wedding Planner, you can use this list of complaints as interview questions to make sure you get the service you desire.

 

The Top 6 Complaints About Wedding Planners

 

common wedding planner complaints | Sensibly Chic Weddings

These are all valid concerns, but not too surprising is the first complaint on the list: price. Since a Wedding Planner’s price is such a big deal, I’d like to spend some time on this topic. It’s understandable that a Wedding Planner’s fee can be a shock if you’re not fully aware of the value a seasoned Planner actually brings to your wedding day, and the months leading up to your “I do.”

 

So… Why Even Hire a Wedding Planner?

 

It makes sense why this question could be on your mind. Well, Wedding Planners sweat the details so you can continue to date your fiancé, socialize with your friends, and enjoy lunch breaks away from Pinterest. We also know quality and reputable vendors. It’s our job to stay in-the-know and to refer wedding professionals that fit your personality, style and budget.

Most importantly, we’ll troubleshoot on your wedding day. So while you’re getting your glam on, we’re ensuring that ceremony and reception setup is complete at least 30 minutes before your guests arrive, all candles are lit, the guest book has pens, the dinner napkins are all folded and perfectly placed, boutonnieres are pinned, price stickers are removed from photo frames on your sign-in table (um… yeah) and so on.

So, if you’re working with a Wedding Planner right now, or recently worked with one, I’m curious to know if you agree with the couples who were surveyed, or if you have your own unique complaints or praises! Please share so other brides- and grooms-to-be can learn from your experience.

I strive to be a Wedding Planner who delivers what her couples’ want – not the kind of Planner who causes complaints. Now #ThatsSensiblyChic!