Easily Forgettable Wedding Details That Could Make Or Break Your Big Day
It’s no secret that wedding planning is hard word.
There are so many details you need to organise and plan for such as hiring a venue and sending out invitations to your guests.
With such a long to-do list the process can feel incredibly overwhelming. So it’s hardly surprising that some wedding details often get forgotten about in the midst of all this planning. We are all only human after all. But these overlooked details can often make or break a big day and make it more stressful than it should be. To make sure you stay on top of all aspects of your wedding, you need to know what these essential details are. So here are common details that many brides often forget all about which should be on top of your wedding planning list.
Transportation for the Bridal party
You’ve probably organised a fancy car to help you travel in style to your wedding venue or church. But it can be easy to forget all about your bridal party’s transportation needs. No doubt you will want them there while you are getting ready for your big day. Not only to help you get dressed but to bring some initial fun and excitement into your day. Ideally, your bridal party should get to the venue before you to help get the rest of your guests seated and organised. But if they haven’t got any means of transport this could be difficult to accomplish. Having to arrange last minute transportation can be a total nightmare, especially if your bridal party is quite large. It could result in one of your bridesmaids or relatives having to drive everyone to and from the venue. Which could prevent them from enjoying your wedding to it’s fullest. So to keep your bridal party happy, it’s vital that you consider how they are going to get from A to B.
You could visit American Limos to get some ideas on prices and which size of vehicle you require. Or you consider hiring a shuttle bus for the day to accommodate both your bridal party and guests. Whatever you decide, make sure you arrange this detail early to avoid disappointment. Also, ensure the driver knows exactly where he is going on the day by supplying the correct address. This will prevent your bridal party from getting lost along the way, which could delay your wedding ceremony.
Bad weather preparations
We all want the weather on our wedding days to be gloriously warm and sunny. But in reality, this is not always what happens. Unless you live in an area this historically has continual sunshine all year round; you need to make plans for bad weather. Especially if you are having an outdoor wedding. While this may cost you some additional money, it’s better to be safe than sorry. You should discuss with your wedding venue whether they have any tents you can use and where it can be pitched outside. If they cannot provide you with one, there are tent hire companies which should be able to help you out. While you many not necessarily need this tent, it’s worth having it just in case the weather takes a turn for the worst. You should also discuss your options with your photographer. The bad weather can disrupt the natural light and make it difficult to have your pictures taken in certain areas. So always have some well lit indoor or sheltered locations planned ahead of time to avoid panicked and last minute photographs.
Download a good weather app like AccuWeather to help keep you up to date in the days before your wedding. This will be beneficial as you can put the necessary plans in place and let your guests know about the weather situation too. If the weather isn’t looking too good, why not provide spare umbrellas and blankets that your guests can use to keep warm and dry. You should also think about packing a bag with some bad weather essentials in. The wind and rain can take you from fab to drab in seconds. So pack a brush, makeup, a long coat, spare shoes and an umbrella to keep your wedding look intact. Even if you end up having the sunniest wedding day ever, it’s best to have these emergency plans in place just in case. After all the weather is unpredictable and could change at any minute.
Comfortable seating is something that is required, no matter what kind of wedding you are planning. It will be used throughout your wedding day from the wedding ceremony right through until the end of the reception. While you may think that you only need enough chairs for the number of guests you are having, this is a big mistake. During your ceremony, in particular, your guests may not naturally want to sit next to one another. This can leave seats in between families and guests, which could result in some people having to stand instead. If your wedding ceremony is going to be quite long, your guests will feel highly uncomfortable having to stand up throughout. So it’s important that you ensure you supply extra chairs for your guests. In amongst the chaos of your wedding plans, you may forget about a guest or have someone show up last minute. So a good rule of thumb is to have 20 extra chairs than you have guests. Or consider alternative styles of seating such a benches or hay bales which could seat more people.
Again, talk to your ceremony and reception venue about your seating options. If they can accommodate your party size, it’s likely they have plenty of seating available. But if they don’t you may have to outsource these from somewhere else. If you can also think about how you could maximise the space of your ceremony and reception venue. This will make sure that the extra chairs you provide have plenty of room and don’t feel disjointed from everyone else. The last thing you want is upset guests who are seated in a dark corner who cannot see or hear what is going on clearly. Not only will having this planned in advance make your wedding far more comfortable, but it will also encourage your guest to spread out and relax. Nobody wants to attend a wedding where all the guests are squashed in like sardines all day.
Arrange a photography assistant
While hiring a wedding photographer was probably one of the top items on your list, it’s likely you haven’t considered an assistant. Unless your photographer is a lifelong family friend, they might find it difficult to work out who your important family members are. You don’t want to look back over your wedding photographs to realise that there are no pictures of your parents or siblings. So ask one of your bridesmaids or a relative to assist the photographer in organising your guests throughout the event. While you could do this yourself, it’s likely you will have plenty of other things going on and have little time for anything else. Plus an assistant can help you and the photographer stays on track with times. You may have to leave the venue at a particular time or some important guests may need to leave early due to childcare or work commitments. Plus the natural sunlight, which the photographer needs will decrease at the day goes on. So sticking to a schedule is imperative.
Ask a friend or relative who knows the majority of the guests, particularly your family members. It might be wise to go through some family photos with them to remind them of what people look like. Also, provide your photographer and assistant with a list of all your VIP’s. So while they are taking a photo of you and your bridesmaids, the assistant will know exactly who they need to get for the next picture. This should make the whole process go a lot smoother, save time and ensure no important guests are forgotten about.
Photo booths have become a popular prop to have at wedding receptions in recent years. They allow your guests to create a fun memento and pull less serious faces. But to make sure everybody gets to try the booth, your assistant can organise who goes in and when. They can tell people when it’s time for them to use the booth and for how long. While this may seem strict, having someone to organise this guarantees that the photo booth gets used all night. Plus it also prevents people from taking too long or taking over the booth so no other guests can use it. Choose someone who is quite authoritative and organised to make this a success.
Now you know about these easily forgettable wedding details, it will be harder for you to forget all about them. Take note of them and add them to one of your many lists. Otherwise, your dream wedding may not be as perfect as you would like. So don’t be known as the forgetful bride for the rest of your life and get these items sorted ASAP!