Brides are planners. They craft color schemes, decode guest lists, crunch numbers, and plot for weeks to pull off the ceremony and party of a lifetime. And almost universally they succeed. Still, no matter how many times a bride crossed her T's and dotted her I's, inevitably, there are details she wishes she'd handled differently: missed photo opportunities, vendor mix-ups, decorating delays.
To help you avoid these snafus, recent brides have shared their big-day regrets. We then asked wedding pros to examine what went wrong so you don't wind up repeating their mistakes.
1. I'd lock in a venue before the other details - like my dress!
"You'd think in the city of New York finding a venue would be easy," says Danielle Fernandez, "But we didn't nail down the space until September and our wedding was in December. Meantime, I'd found my dress in June, and had moved ahead with many other details. I'm just lucky the dress I picked worked for a wedding in a modern space: the Trump