18 Pieces of Advice From Real Brides

We’ve all heard the advice, “Don’t stress, just enjoy the day!”, “All that matters in the end is you and your husband!”. However, we all know it’s hard to keep that perspective in the moment!

We asked real brides what one piece of advice they wish they had known on their special day, and, what they wish they hadn’t stressed about!

Check out below for the priceless advice!

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 “Don’t buy things that you think you might need. Wait until you know exactly what you want. I’m now the proud owner of 2 dresses and loads and loads of table decorations I do not need!”  (Submitted by Helen Lambert-Little)

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“One of my bridesmaids actually ended up buying the wrong dress without me knowing and you know what? She looked beautiful and I’m just happy she’s a part of my wedding.” (Submitted by Carolina Hylton)

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“Get a coordinator or a very very organized friend! I had no issues at my wedding, at least in my head I didn’t because my friend handled everything!” (Submitted by Nadine Zap)

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“I had chosen a dress that was completely different from the one I envisioned . I was worried that it wouldn’t be the best dress for me. But afterwards I realized, I could have trusted my first reaction to the dress and all the lovely reactions of the people that I was with.”(Submitted by Sharon Van Der Meulen)

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“My advice is to keep good communication with your groom, this may seem like an obvious thing to do, but just simply talking out loud to him on your planning and thoughts can make him feel involved. I was surprised how much my husband wanted to be a part of the wedding planning and what good ideas he had!” (Submitted by Brandi Bonar)

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“My advice is not to drink too much wine before the ceremony starts! I was so stressed and nervous that I thought in order to relax I had to drink wine, but I drank too much! I ended up laughing through the whole ceremony. Thankfully everyone was laughing with me…but I still do not recommend it!” (Submitted by Ana Lopez Soria)

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“Do not wear uncomfortable shoes, especially if you have stairs to go down, I almost landed at bottom!”(Submitted by Vicky Brown)

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“I wish I had considered when prom was in relation to booking hair appointments! Now all of my bridesmaids have to get ready separately. I wish I had known this before picking my date and also to not delay in booking beauty appointments!” (Submitted by Bonnie Jungbauer)

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“Originally we booked a venue where all of our family could easily attend; although deep down it didn’t make us entirely happy. It was too expensive. So we decided on a destination wedding. We can invite more friends because it’s cheaper, and although not everyone will be able to come, we will appreciate those who do attend just that little bit more. It’s our day, and we couldn’t be happier.”

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“Make sure someone packs you some food! We were so hungry by the end of the night and nothing was open around our hotel!” (Submitted by Allise Salinas)

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“One thing I wish I wouldn’t have stress so much over was handmade programs. I made about 400 and only about 75 were even taken by guests. It was a waste of time! And money!” (Submitted by Brooke Alexandra)

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“If you have to call your hair\makeup four times or ten, just do it! Make sure she is clear on what time she set you up for you!” (Miranda Bennett)

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“If you have any concerns that your dress might be uncomfortable after the ceremony, buy a reception dress. I was stuck in mine from 1.30pm until 11pm and by the end of the night I hated it as I was so uncomfortable!” (Submitted Niki Wrigley)

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“Don’t be nervous! I spent the whole day so stressed about walking down the aisle and getting stared at by everyone, but the second I saw my husband, everything was right. I didn’t even look at anyone else.” (Submitted Brianna Varley)

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“My advice is to really talk with your photographer about what pictures you want. We did not and there were so many we missed out on! Also stop and take a moment to let it all sink in cause the day goes by fast so cherish every moment.” (Submitted by Brenda Gibbner)

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“Make sure other people know what needs to get done in the last 48 hours before your wedding. All the organization & lists in your head don’t do much good if something happens to you the day before the wedding!” (Submitted by Elise Etelamaki Elegeert)

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“Take 5 minutes together, sneak off somewhere with your husband to share your day by yourselves just to catch up and talk. It’s Perfect.” (Submitted by Ashley Burnell)

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“Just let it go and let it be – its not about how it looks, just about two people in love.”(Submitted by Olivia A. Rodriguez)

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Thank you to everyone who submitted their wonderful advise!

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