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Wedding expert reveals things you should NEVER do on your big day

Wedding expert reveals things you should NEVER do on your big day – from asking a loved one to take the photos to getting married after 2pm and having too many bridesmaids

  • Wedding expert Kat Williams, 38, from Reading, founded Rock N Roll Bride 
  • Here she shares her top tips for tying the knot, including the ideal time of day
  • One of her pieces of advice is ‘don’t have too many bridesmaids to avoid drama’
  • Kat wants to help couples to do what’s best for them – even if it’s not the norm

A wedding expert has revealed the things couples should not do when planning their big day – from asking friends and family to take the photos to buying a dress that’s too small to ‘slim into’.

Kat Williams, 38, from Reading in Berkshire, is the founder and editor of Rock N Roll Bride magazine, which she describes as the ‘ultimate guide for alternative brides’.

She recently posted a TikTok video featuring some of the things she would never do at her own wedding.

Among the tips, she advised couples not to ask family or friends take their wedding photos to save money, and to marry before 2pm. 

She also warned against buying a dress in a smaller to ‘slim into’ and instructed couples not to order too much food – insisting guests don’t need canapes, ice creams, a sweet table and a buffet. 

Wedding expert Kat Williams (pictured) is the editor and founder of Rock N’ Roll Bride magazine, which she describes as the ‘ultimate guide for alternative brides’

Kat Williams pictured in a photoshoot, wearing a pink cloud print skirt and a black top says 'guests shouldn't use their phones during the ceremony'

Kat Williams pictured in a photoshoot, wearing a pink cloud print skirt and a black top says ‘guests shouldn’t use their phones during the ceremony’

She also warned couples not to have too many bridesmaids, suggesting that ‘more bridesmaids means more drama’.

The wedding expert, who has been happily married to husband Gareth, 43, since they tied the knot in 2008, believes unconventional nuptials are less frowned upon now.

She said: ‘It is much more accepted these days to do non-traditional things for your wedding.  

‘Before 2010 the only inspiration you could get is from traditional wedding magazines.  

‘I want to give people the confidence to do what’s best for them and not stick to the norm – just because others do.’

Kat says that too many bridesmaids is 'too much drama' for the bride and to keep the number to a minimum instead

Kat says that too many bridesmaids is ‘too much drama’ for the bride and to keep the number to a minimum instead

The wedding expert has divided opinion, with some saying that they would prefer to tie the knot later in the day but Kat insist she wan'ts to 'give people confidence and not just stick to the norm'

The wedding expert has divided opinion, with some saying that they would prefer to tie the knot later in the day but Kat insist she wan’ts to ‘give people confidence and not just stick to the norm’

Kat started her website in 2007 to document her own wedding journey – where she ‘learned the hard way’ what to do and what to avoid. 

She said: ‘Looking back I am like “why didn’t I think of that?” or “why weren’t more wedding dresses available?”.’

Wedding expert reveals the dos and don’ts of a perfect big day

DON’T have a friend or family member take the official photos

DON’T let people get their phones out during the ceremony

DON’T have the ceremony too late in the day

DON’T buy a dress which doesn’t fit

DON’T order too much food

DO involve your partner in the planning

DON’T stress too much about what other people think

DON’T be too safe with your outfit choice

DON’T have too many bridesmaids

DO have a videographer

One of Kat’s biggest pieces of advice is not to have friends or family take your wedding pictures.

She said: ‘I have heard so many horror stories in the 14 years I have been doing this of people who want to save money or has an uncle who has a great camera.

‘It very rarely ever works out. I have heard so many stories of people hating their photos and then there is nothing they can do about it.’

Another tip she shared was to always try and have the ceremony between 12.30pm and 2pm – especially if it is a winter wedding. 

‘If you are having a wedding late, it’ll probably going to be getting dark and by the time you have finished and if you don’t do the photos beforehand your photos are going to be dark,’ she explained.

Kat went on to reveal that she would never have too many bridesmaids because ‘more bridesmaids means more drama’.

She said: ‘You have more people to keep happy with their dresses and involve them with the hen parties.

‘The more bridesmaids you have the more expensive it gets – less is more.’

Not everyone agreed with all of the tips in the video, with one person taking to the comments to address Kat’s thoughts on timings.

The wrote: ‘As a guest, I hate it when people have their ceremonies too early. I’m usually hungry and haven’t had enough time to get ready. We’re doing ours at 3pm.’

However, others agreed with points Kat made, with one viewer sharing their take on wedding photography.

They wrote: ‘The only time it’s OK for a friend to take photos is when you’re a wedding photographer and so are they.’

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