This wedding guide was created for you and your fiancé based on the experience of couples and wedding planners we worked with. Read on and go from extremely overwhelmed to relaxed and prepared.
Don’t let these wedding details get overlooked!
1. HAVE A PLAN B
A contingency plan for a bad weather is an absolute must. Although we hope for the best conditions, some arrangements need to be made for if/when the weather becomes less than ideal.
2. MAKE A DO-NOT-PLAY LIST FOR A DJ
After you choose your father-daughter and mother-son dance songs, prepare a list of songs you or the little ears don’t want to hear at your wedding.
3. ORDER MEALS FOR VENDORS
Most vendors that one will hire require in their contract that a meal shall be provided by their client. Your venue and/or your event planner should help you coordinate those extra meals.
4. BUDGET FOR GRATUITY
Forgetting to add a gratuity into their final wedding budget is something done by most couples who don’t have a planner. It is not required to tip your vendors, but it is very appreciated. So try to keep in mind than 20% of your budget may go towards tips.
5. CHOOSE A PHOTOGRAPHER’S HELPER
A desired shot list is very important, so it’s a good idea to designate a person who will help the photographer get the right people for specific photos. A sister or a brother who knows most of your family members is an ideal candidate for this task.
6. USE CORRECT INVITATION POSTAGE
The post office has some specific rules regarding the size, weight and type of enclosure for envelopes. Your invitations look fantastic, so make sure they get delivered correctly. Check if additional charges are required to mail any extra flamboyant invitations.
7. CHECK WITH VENDORS ABOUT POTENTIAL OVERTIME
You need to find out what the charges are for your vendors to stay longer than the originally agreed upon time in contract. Some vendors might not be willing to stay any longer than agreed upon.
8. MAKE ARRANGEMNETS FOR THE WEDDING DRESS AND TUXEDO
You should assign someone to take care of your wedding dress and tuxedo after the wedding, especially if you are leaving for a honeymoon the very next day. If you have one , your wedding planner can drop them off at the cleaner.
9. CHECK FOR FOOD ALLERGIES
Your guests might have food allergies or some kind of dietary restriction. They might also be vegetarian, vegan or eat only kosher meals. Make sure you have a list of the guests so you can provide it to your food vendor.
10. EAT AND DRINK
Your wedding celebration is a very busy and overwhelming day. It can be easy to forget to nourish and hydrate your body. Make sure you eat a good breakfast and have your favorite snacks throughout the day!
11. KNOW WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN
The pictures taken during golden hour can easily become your favorites. The golden hue that the sun will cast on you and you partner will look so amazing that you will want to make sure you get it caught on camera. This special time period doesn’t last long, so be prepared in order to not miss it.
12. DON’T FORGET ABOUT ACCESSORIES
These days, there are countless options given to you in terms of accessories for your wedding day. Yet, people often forget to plan for these crucial details. Plan them out in advance, so you don’t have to stress at the last moment and end up with pieces that are not your absolute favorites. The Veil, pins, jewelry, and clothing options for inclement weather are all examples of items that are overlooked when planning the big day.
13. LEAVE ENOUGH TIME FOR DRESS ALTERATIONS
Picking your the wedding dress can be a time consuming process, so remember to get this step done extra early. Even when the dress fits you perfectly, you will likely have something altered which will take more time.
14. ASK ABOUT THE LIGHTING AT YOUR VENUE DURING SPECIFIC TIMES
After you make the crucial decision regarding when your wedding ceremony and/or reception is going to take place, you might want to check what kind of lighting is available during that time. Remember that lighting sets the vibe and the mood at a wedding, and a lot of the times the photographers depend on having a sufficient light source.
15. ARRANGE FOR TRANSPORTATION
Planning ahead for how the groom, bride, and bridal party are going to get from the hotel to the venue, or the church and then back to the hotel is very important. You want everyone to be safe, and you don’t want someone to be stuck and have to call for an Uber.