12 Things Bridal Couples Forget When Planning Their Special Day
Make sure you don’t miss a thing with our comprehensive list of the top 12 things bridal couples forget when planning their wedding!
1. Many brides can get caught up in the whirlwind of planning their big day that they forgot to organise one crucial element to the success and legality of their wedding – the marriage license! This should be one of the first things you plan after setting the date to ensure you will have it on your wedding day.
2. It’s always a nice idea to provide your vendors with a meal for their efforts. It doesn’t have to be the same as what is served to your guests, your caterers can prepare a simple dish for your vendors at a reduced cost compared to what you will be paying per head for your guests. Vendors you should provide meals for include your photographer, videographer, band members and any wedding planners present at your reception.
3. A lot of couples can forget to organise their thank you cards for after the wedding or forget that they will need thank you notes altogether. Sending out thank you notes is good etiquette; it highlights your appreciation for your guest’s attendance and any gifts they provided for your big day. Thank you cards should be sent out no later than 3 months after your nuptials so it is good to have them printed and ready to be personalised.
4. Some brides and grooms will forget to organise the delivery of a sweet gift or love note to surprise their fiancé before their nuptials. Your fiancé will love the thought and it will only add to the excitement of this momentous occasion.
5. Planning for the night of or immediately after the wedding can often be an afterthought for many brides. Where are you going and how are you getting there? Do you want the celebrations to kick on or will you be ready for bed! Having these options sorted is important – you don’t want to be left at the end of your reception thinking now what?
6. Brides should have their engagement ring professionally cleaned in the weeks leading up to their big day. This is because your ring is going to star in some of your photos and many guests will be keen to have a look at your rings as a set so you are going to want to make sure your ring is looking its sparkly best.
7. Bringing and packing an overnight bag if you’ll be staying at a hotel or resort. Organise to have someone drop it off to your hotel or room for you or have someone bring it to your wedding so you can take it with you when you check into your room.
8. Both the bride and groom should plan for breakfast with their respective bridal parties for the morning of their wedding. Skipping this meal can leave you feeling hungry and even slightly irritable on what is meant to be the happiest day of your life. You should also have some snacks on hand for the bridal party to nibble on why you are off taking your photos. These snacks will tie everyone over keeping them satisfied until the reception. Or if there is plenty of down time between the ceremony and reception set aside some time to eat a quick and healthy lunch. Trust us everyone will be a lot happier in your photos!
9. Have a playlist on hand while you are getting ready. This will get everyone energised for the long day ahead, especially if your makeup and hair is getting done bright and early.
10. You will need to organise someone to take your gifts, left over cake and any items used for styling home after the wedding reception. Some venues will allow you to come back the next day to collect the items however many will want you to take them home with you on the night so they can clean up and potentially prepare for an event the following day.
11. Ensure you are drinking plenty of water throughout the day, brides especially. For summer weddings being out in the sun and wearing what is often a heavy gown can lead to exhaustion and dehydration. By keeping your water intake up you’ll also be prepped for all the celebratory drinks at the reception.
12. Pack an emergency kit. While you may not need any of it, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Items you might need can include makeup products to touch up your look, bobby pins, safety pins, deodorant, band aids, double sided tape and even a mini sewing kit! Planning is the key to ensuring your day goes off without a hitch and if something does happen to arise any issues can be quickly resolved.