If film has taught us anything, it’s what not to do at our wedding.
Sex And The City: Carrie begins planning a small wedding and then invites half of NYC. Big gets cold feet and ditches her at the altar. What we learned: Planning a wedding is a team effort. Include your partner’s ideas and consider his or her feelings or you could end up jilted. Bonus lesson: Don’t wear a bird in your hair. Please.
The Hangover: A bachelor party in Vegas is the ultimate send-o for the groom – if you don’t get so wasted that you end up losing the groom, which is what three men did in this film. What we learned: Don’t plan a bachelor or bachelorette party just days before the wedding. Give yourself a good two weeks’ recovery time.
My Best Friend’s Wedding: Kimmy asks Julianne, the groom’s best friend, to be her maid of honour about two minutes a fter she meets her. Julianne tries to steal the groom. What we learned: Consider your wedding party carefully. Family and old friends are your best bet. Acquaintances won’t say no, but may resent the whole process. Don’t worry about “ filling your side”. If your partner has more attendants, so be it!
Father Of The Bride: Sure, wedding planners Frank and Hank provided humour, but they did get a little out of control. What we learned: Don’t let your wedding planner take over. Stick to your own style and budget.
Runaway Bride: A church wedding, saying I do on a trampoline, vows on a horse? This skittish bride had no idea what she really wanted from her wedding and ditched all the grooms at the altar. What we learned: Be true to who you are. Don’t be swayed by trends or outside in fluences. This is your day; plan it your way.
Originally published in Today’s Bride Magazine, Spring/Summer 2017.