Making Sure the Little Things are Taken Care of for Your Special Day
Your wedding day has the potential to be one of the most memorable days of your life. There is so much time and preparation involved that you want to make sure you don’t forget about something you will regret. There are many lists of forgotten wedding details, but two of my favorite that I have pulled from are Pop Sugar’s Easily Forgotten Wedding Details and Wellington Weddings’ 7 Easily Forgotten Wedding Details You Need To Know About. Some of the most common details forgotten by other brides are listed below to ensure your big day goes as planned.
1. Have a back-up plan for bad weather
Some weather catastrophes will be unpredictable, but others can be predicted and planned for. Knowing weather patterns around your wedding date historically (like the last 5 years) can help you prepare for the likely temperatures and storm possibilities.
2. Extra seating
Even though you will have sent out RSVP cards with your invitations, have a link in your website to RSVP, and even reminded your guests via email or text to RSVP, some still will not do it and show up expecting a seat. A good rule of thumb is to have roughly 20-25 extra seats at the ceremony just in case.
3. Someone to corral family and bridal party for the photographer
Even though there is an understanding that family and those involved in the wedding stick around for pictures, sometimes individuals can get swept up in the moment and begin heading to the reception. Your photographer should not be responsible for corralling your family members. If there are family members who are missing, you should have a family friend designated to find them.
4. Ensuring guests have directions from your wedding ceremony location to your reception location
If you have wedding guests that are not very familiar with the area you will be tying the knot in, it is a good idea to give them more than the address of your venue. Try providing your guests with a street view image of the location as well as a birds eye view with major roads marked. You do not want your guests walking in late and disturbing your ceremony because they could not figure out which building to go to.
5. Asking guests whether they have food allergies
Within my immediate and extended family there are several individuals that suffer from food allergies. My suggestion would be to take this into account deciding on food options to ensure all of your guests can enjoy at least some of portion of the meal/treats provided.
6. Having a designated person to take home gifts
This task very often gets over looked simply because most gifts are typically given to the bride and groom before the big day. Some guests, however, may not have that chance. It is important to have someone responsible for those gifts since you will not be present during the tear down/clean up process.
7. Having a location for wedding gifts
For similar reasons, #7 is also commonly forgotten. Most brides have multiple wedding showers, they have become more and more forgetful of the importance of having a gift table. Gift tables are important for two reasons: 1.) they help ensure no gift gets left behind, and 2.) guests feel as though their gift is meaningful to you. By having a designated area for gifts, you are able to accomplish both.
8. Gifts for the wedding party
Planning a wedding can be a very stressful time in your life and your bridal party is there to support you every step of the way. Giving them a gift to show how much you appreciate their time and support of you and your future spouse doesn’t quite give thanks enough for all they have done, but it is a great start! It also gives them something to remember your big day by.
9. An emergency kit
In my next post I will be talking a little bit about what items are a must for a bride’s wedding day emergency kit, but for now it is important to know one is needed. Things like snacks, a needle and tread, and safety pins are just a few examples of things a bride could become in desperate need of on her big day.
10. Confirm your arrangements a week or two in advance
Many of us know that this confirmation is important, but it can often be put off until it is too late to find a replacement or make adjustments if something were to go wrong. A week or two in advance should be long enough that any problems ca be fixed and close enough to the wedding date that your confirmation will not be forgotten by your caterer, D.J., etc.