POLL: Almost half of people say they want a wedding re-do

  • A new UK poll, which could easily translate here, finds that half of married people say they would love to “remake” their wedding
  • 46% say they would just want to do things differently, while 20% say they have regrets about how their big day turned out
  • 16% of folks would like their redo to involve a new partner

Your wedding is supposed to be the happiest day of your life, but it seems there are plenty of people out there who live to regret that big day. A new UK poll, which could easily translate here, finds that half of married people say they would love to “remake” their wedding, with 46% saying they would simply want to do things differently, while 20% say they have regrets about how their big day turned out.

Money is another reason for wanting a redo, with one in seven people saying they’re in a better financial situation and would like to now have the wedding they’ve always dreamed of. And then there’s vanity, with 18% saying they feel they would make a better looking bride or groom now than the did the first time.

Of course, there are some folks who have one huge regret – their spouse - with 16% of folks wanting a redo to involve a new partner. But if given the chance, the top thing people would redo about their wedding is their venue, followed by inviting their current friends who weren’t around when they first got hitched.Other top things people would redo include:

  • The style of the wedding dress
  • I'd keep things simple and classy
  • Try to stress less about how perfect everything had to be
  • The bridesmaid or best man
  • The bride's hairstyle
  • I'd ignore advice from the mother-in-law / my mum
  • I'd hire someone to do my hair and make up
  • Ask for money rather than gifts 

Source:SWNS Digital

Charlotte Hill, Wedding Planner at Mercure shares her top tips to avoid wedding regrets:

1. When choosing suppliers, try and select them on the rapport you build with them from the beginning and not purely on cost – you want your day to be in the hands of someone that you trust. Your wedding coordinator will be your shoulder to cry on, your cheerleader and wedding advisor so it is really important that you gel with them and not just love the venue.

2. Work out what kind of celebration you are after from the get go -, are you after an intimate affair, grand proceedings or just an amazing party? Revert back to this when things become overwhelming with choice and risk blowing the budget or adding to your stress levels

3. Create two lists, a wish list and realistic list of how you would like your day to be, suppliers involved, budget and guest list. From these lists you can quickly determine what is a must and prioritise from there

4. Save, save, save! If you do not have the luxury budget (who does!) prioritise the elements of your day that you know you will look back on and regret not having there

5. Don’t let outside influences change your vision for risk of upsetting them, it’s your day and you can do it your way

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