11/10/2014 11:29 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

12 Brides Reveal What They Would Have Done Differently

By Jolène M. Bouchon

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You can plan a wedding only up to a point. Both the unforseen and unexpected will happen -- and you'll still love it. But here, some of our readers share the things they would have changed about their day so you can benefit from their hindsight.

"Slow down time for the day! It went way too quickly." -- Michael H.

"Not being pulled a zillion different ways." -- Jolie H.

"I would have not invited certain people who RSVPed 'yes' and then never showed up or apologized." -- Mel Z.

"I would have hired a videographer instead of just recording bits and pieces with a video camera." -- Elizabeth H.

"My wedding was 27 years ago. I would not let my mother run it. I will not do this when my daughter gets married." -- Denise T.

"I didn't get to eat my wedding cake." -- Brenda R.

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"I wouldn't change a thing, though it would have been nice if people respected invitations and not added extra people because they were the girlfriend of the moment!" -- Vanessa G.

"Don't get me wrong, I loved my wedding, but I would not count on certain people to do what they said they would do. I would have also spent the little extra money to have things go a little longer." -- Elizabeth J.

"I loved every minute of our wedding. I do wish more people would've danced, though." -- Michele C.

"I would have gotten my makeup and hair done first. And snacked throughout the day. Put someone on hair duty, someone on make up duty, and someone on dress duty. I would have reapplied lip gloss often." -- Hilary K.

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"I would have seated my family on the right side, and vice versa so that they could have seen my face and his family could have seen his." -- LaShanda V.

"If I had to pick one thing, I would have taken pictures with my groom before the ceremony and actually would have gone to our cocktail hour instead. We didn't eat anything at our wedding and were so disappointed." -- Kristin T.

Jolène M. Bouchon is a regular contributor to and a freelance writer.

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