“Things I wish I’d known when planning my big day…”

Who better to ask for wedding planning advice than a newlywed? We asked six brides to share their wedded words of wisdom and what they wish they’d known…

Image: Karen Jackson Photography | Linzy married Chris at Forbes of Kingennie in July 2015

“That the time goes so quickly!”

“I wish I had known that the last hour of getting ready just disappears. Although you plan all the hair and make-up to be done in plenty of time, for some reason that last hour becomes manic and all of a sudden everybody needs to be dressed and ready to go! I wish I had taken that last hour to appreciate the moment and watch my gorgeous son, nieces and nephews get ready and be part of all their excitement.”


Image: David Lozowy Photography | Linzy and Stuart got hitched at Uddingston Old Parish Church and then The Radstone Hotel in July 2015

“We wish we’d had our wedding filmed”

“We both wish we had known how frustrating it would be not to have a video of at least our speeches! We decided not to hire a videographer as we both had the fear about someone following us around all day with a big light and camera and we felt this might spoil our day. In hindsight, we wish we had known it didn’t have to be this way.”


Image: Anna Cairns Pettigrew Photography | Lyndsey married Niall at Meldrum House Country Hotel + Golf Course in October 2014

“How long it would take to find a venue!”

“How difficult it would be to find a venue that catered for a small, intimate wedding ceremony and meal during the day, but would accommodate a larger number of guests at night. It took us about seven months to decide “ but luckily it ended up being the perfect venue for us!”


Image: Denise McDonald Photography | Abigail wed David at Blythswood Square in September 2015

“Your wedding dress shouldn’t wear you”

“That finding a wedding dress is harder than you first think. I expected it to be easy and thought I knew what I wanted. I was focusing on the dress being so fancy that I forgot to just be me; I didn’t realise the most important part of the dress is the person wearing it. The second I became more open-minded, it became so much easier. In the end it turned out perfect.”


Image: Natural Weddings | Amanda married Sean at The Lodge on Loch Lomond in August 2015

“I should have taken more time off work”

“How much time was needed to plan things. I had the option to buy extra holidays at work and only bought enough to cover an extra week at the wedding and honeymoon. I wish I’d known that weekends would be taken up with dress fittings, shows and visiting suppliers “ there was very little down time.”


Image: Alan Thomson from Footprint Photography | Eleanor married Henry at Balbirnie House Hotel in January 2016

“Finding the time to make introductions was tough!”

“How hard it is after the ceremony to speak to people and introduce people that you really want your family to meet. You really have to keep sight of those who ought to meet each other, although in the end they usually manage to introduce themselves to each other anyway!”