2) Even if your parents are footing the bill, you will still spend money on wedding stuff. Like, a lot of money.
3) One (or more) of your vendors that you originally book (or something else) will probably change before your actual wedding day.
Everyone tells you that "something will go wrong" or that you "might have a little hiccup" before or on the big day. It's my opinion that something will most likely change over the course of your wedding planning. This may be something you choose to change, or it may be something that's beyond your control. For example, the lady that was supposed to do my hair and make up had a family emergency two days before our wedding and had to cancel. Luckily, she was very professional about it and arranged for one of her friends to replace her. It was definitely stressful, but it all turned out ok!
4) No matter how early you start planning things, you will still be scrambling at the end to get it all done.
5) People who RSVP as a "yes" won't come.
My wedding coordinator mentioned something about this, but I really didn't think it would happen. Sure enough, people didn't show up for one reason or another even though they said they would be there. The seating charts had already been printed, and their food and drinks had already been paid for, but oh well. You just have to realize that things come up and try not to stress out about it!
6) There is a tax for EVERYTHING, and it's expensive.
Don't budget based on the original numbers you are given. Always estimate more for that damned tax.
7) Your apartment/house will look like a wedding shop and a UPS store had a baby and then that baby blew up all over the place.
If you're lucky enough to live in a house, devote a guest room or large hall closet to house all of the "wedding stuff". If you live in a one bedroom apartment like me, just be prepared for chaos. Between all of the wedding junk (pictures, sparklers, invitations, gifts for the wedding party, the guest book, programs, the seating chart, random doo dads) and the gifts people send, you'll be out of room quick!
8) It's kind of awkward to be the center of attention at your shower(s).
Your wedding shower is really fun, but it's pretty awkward to be in the hot seat while everyone is watching you open presents. I felt kind of like some weird museum exhibit that could only be viewed by women in uncomfortable shoes, sipping mimosas and filling out their bridal bingo cards.
9) You will have to go to the stores where you registered a LOT to return stuff and fix the registry.
10) Once your wedding day actually arrives, it's best to just let everything go and enjoy your day!
Okay, I'm sure you've heard this before, but it's really true. I was SO stressed and anxious for a good two weeks before our wedding. I wasn't nervous about the whole "being tied to one man for the rest of my life" thing; Austin is my main squeeze, and I couldn't wait to be his wife. Instead, I would find myself constantly checking things off in my head or wondering if I should email the groomsmen a schedule and packing list reminder just one more time. Once our ceremony started, though, I just pulled an Elsa and let it go. It was out of my hands, and guess what? Everything went just fine! It went incredibly, actually. Austin and I had a blast, and I think our guests enjoyed themselves too. It was the perfect day, and I'm not just saying that.