How to Avoid Being Late to Your Own Wedding

Like many brides, you too could show up late at your wedding ceremony and keep guests waiting, unless you follow the advice in this post – from our guest photographer who has seen many bridal clients turn up late, over and over again – he experienced why they were late and what they could have done to avoid it.  It is said that 80 percent of brides will arrive late to their own weddings, even if they always kept-to-time all their lives. Our guest expert today is a wedding photographer who has seen countless numbers of brides arrive late to their own weddings. Being behind-the scenes at most weddings, he saw firsthand everything brides do on the morning of their weddings, and has seen so much of what makes about-to-wed ladies late to the ceremony. In this article, he will reveal helpful advice and tips, what to do, and what not to do – to help you avoid being late for your wedding ceremony or reception.  His tips are not theory, but drawn from real-life weddings he was hired as a wedding photographer. Scroll down, read and take action.

image: groom and bride in a teary moment

Oh dear, why did you show up late? I’ve been waiting and waiting…

RELATED: Common Wedding Planning Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

So, over to our Guest Expert for today, Daniel of Dauch Photography Studios (his contact info is at the end of this article).

Bride poses with ring bearer boys

Aunty, let’s hurry; you’re late

ALSO: More Wedding Planning Mistakes to Avoid (part 1)  AND PART 2 (many more wedding mistakes couples make)

Top 5 Reasons Why 80% Brides Are Late to their Own Weddings

It’s very easy for single ladies to criticize a bride for showing up late to her wedding, but sadly, most of those critics will end up making the same mistakes on their own wedding day. As an experienced wedding and lifestyle photographer, I have the privilege to share with you some behind-the-scenes common mistakes that make can any bride arrive late to her wedding ceremony (church) venue. Please note that the tips I will provide here are purely based on my personal observations while working very closely with my wedding clients. Enjoy and take action!

#1. Poor Planning and Failure to Delegate

It is a common saying that one who fails to plan, plans to fail. Most brides want to do their wedding planning, pricing, bargaining and shopping alone – without help. Sadly, they fail to delegate minor duties to other people. The I-can-do-it-all-by-myself attitude has never helped any bride in the past, neither will it help you.

EXPERT ADVICE: So start planning with trusted friends and loved ones to delegate duties to them. This will give you more time to concentrate on other important activities. If your budget can accommodate it, you can also seek the services of a professional wedding planner. These will take most of the burden that come with planning off your shoulders. Brides must learn to trust other people to do some things for them rather than thinking that nobody else can do it better than themselves. Brides should be humble to admit the fact that they can’t do everything perfectly.

RELATED: Wedding Delegation 101: How to Enlist Needed Helpers to Execute and Coordinate Your Wedding – pay close attention to tips #2, 5 and 6

bride getting makeup for her wedding

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Stella is the founder and Editor of this blog (NaijaGlamWedding). Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest. Submit your photos to be featured - it's FREE, because we love everything weddings, bridal showers, engagement shoots.


  1. Abidemi Olumuyiwa says

    You are very correct

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