Brides Reveal: Things I Wish I Never Did on My Big Day

As Kate Middleton prepares to walk down the aisle to say "I do" to Prince William, former brides reminisce about the things they wish they hadn't done on their big day.

"I wish I never bought this dress."

"The wedding dress designer talked me into buying a gown that I didn't love," Lucy says. "I was oohing and awing and before I knew it, the wedding dress was in a bag waiting to be paid for. I'm a terribly polite British girl and I was too embarrassed to drop out at that point! I spent about $400 on alterations to turn it into the wedding dress I wanted." -Lucy Elliott, Oxfordshire, UK

"I wish I never let them play a wedding game show."
"Without permission, my brother and his wife decided to put on a game show questionnaire about my husband and I. The game show made me very upset since it took up to 45 minutes and cut into our first dance. On top of all that, I missed out on saying goodbye to my guests that left during this goofy show. I had imagined all the fun I would have dancing and the night was over before it started." -Beth Castle, Calgary, Alberta

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"I wish I never agreed to that wedding cake."
"Our reception venue told us we had to use their suggested bakery or pay an exorbitant cake-cutting fee. When the wedding cake arrived, it was a weird color and the piping made it look like it had fat tapeworms all over! That embarrassment was eclipsed by the fact that the cake was freezer burnt and as a result, almost inedible. Looking back, I would have paid the extra money and served the wedding cake that tasted good and was what we wanted visually. A few years later, I opened a cake company myself. I felt that no bride should ever have to go through having a horrible wedding cake!" -Marie Porter, New Hope, Minn.

"I wish I never asked my cousin to be a bridesmaid."
"My grandmother and mother made me ask my teenage cousin, who I barely saw, to be a bridesmaid. She required a special long bridesmaid dress because of her height, which took the company longer to make; so my dress delivery was late. On top of that, she did not eat before the wedding like we had told her to and she passed out during the ceremony. The ushers carried her out and bumped her head on the exit door!" -Karon White Gibson, Chicago, Ill.

"I wish I never lengthened my ceremony for my mom."
"For my ceremony, I planned on exchanging simple vows and then heading straight to the reception. My mom insisted that guests would feel cheated if the service wasn't longer, so I had my band sing a wedding song that went on forever. I don't even remember what song it was-only feeling like it would never end!" -Alison Risso, Washington, DC

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