12 Real Women on their Biggest Wedding Wardrobe Regrets

Traditional or modern? White or something less expected? Short or long? Sleeves or strapless? With so many options to choose from, today’s bride does not have it easy. It can be tough to distinguish between what you really want to wear, and what you’re only wearing because society thinks you should. So, because planning a wedding is already an overwhelming process, we thought we’d help you avoid some common wardrobe pitfalls by asking the brides who have been there before about their biggest style regrets!

Scroll down to find out what these former brides wish they would have done differently.

"My mum really wanted me to wear a ball gown style dress, so I acquiesced. But at each fitting I would ask them to take out more “pouf” and by the end it just looked like a deflated ball gown. Moral of the story: Wear what you want to wear in the first place." –Lauren

"When searching for the perfect dress, I didn't actually give much attention to the where and when of my wedding. I thought it was more important that the dress match my dream, instead of making sure it was appropriate for late May in Washington DC. That was a mistake. My dress had sleeves and included a crinoline slip with multiple layers to keep the skirt full. It of course ended up being unseasonably hot that day—about 95 degrees—and I was dressed like someone from Gone with the Wind." –Karen

"I wish I had worn my hair down and just pinned out of my face a bit. I never wear my hair up normally, so the updo felt stiff and out of character." –Paige


"I went to a lovely spa the weekend before my wedding. I was walking on a marble floor, there was a spill, and down I went. Cut to a purple and blue mottled foot and a severe sprain only days before my wedding. I had the dress of my dreams and the shoes to match, but I wound up under the chuppa in pristine while Nikes!" –Thea

"While I still like my dress from that day, I do regret the poufy sleeves—primarily because I think it identifies that fashion to a specific decade and it bothers me for some reason. I wish I had gone with something more timeless. My bridesmaid's gowns also sported the awful sleeves and a peplum to boot. I think I could've done better—something more flattering for everyone." –Lee

"When they are measuring the length for your bustle, make sure you put on the shoes you want to dance in, rather than the ones you're doing the ceremony in. I had them do the length and the bustle with my 4-inch heels on, and then, when I wanted to dance with flats, my dress dragged on the ground. Another alternative that I never seriously considered, but wish I had, was changing into a short dress for the super dance-y part of the night. It would have been simple to switch into a short dress for the last hour or two, but I was worried about looking high-maintenance with two dresses. Instead, I became high-maintenance by having to constantly pull up my dress as it dragged around the floor." –Sam

"I ended up losing too much weight the week before my wedding and my dress kept falling down. I honestly regretted it—it was just a pain!" –Cady

"I wish I had done my own makeup! It wasn’t awful in the end, but at first I looked clownish and needed to take off layers of foundation." –Sarah

"I’m not super into fashion or clothing, so I bought a simple dress from J.Crew and didn’t give it a second thought. In retrospect, I wish I had at least taken it to a fancy wedding dress tailor so that it would have fit perfectly to my body." –Abby

"I wish I had worn a piece of my mother or grandmother’s jewellery that day. All of my friends seem to have done it subsequently and I always feel a tinge of regret that I didn’t do it myself. It’s just a nice, symbolic touch." –Jennifer

"I regret not doing a sweetheart neckline on my dress and not wearing a veil. At the time, I chose not to get them to save money, but I think I would have been happier with my look overall if I had just gone for it." –Lindsay

Have any of your own wedding wardrobe regrets? We'd love to hear about them in the comments!