Whether you're a bride, groom, or someone involved in planning a wedding, this episode is packed with valuable tips and insights to make your special day run smoothly. We are going to cover 25 - TWENTY FIVE - things to remember on your wedding day!
These items come from our 20+ combined years in the industry, our own couples and include some tips on how to relax a bit more the day of too.
Setting up for your wedding day can be quite a task, but with a little planning and organization, you can ensure that everything is in place and ready to go. Here's a list of standard items you'll want to remember:
#1 - Decorations
From table centerpieces to ceremony backdrops, make sure all your chosen decorations are accounted for and properly set up.
#2 - Seating Arrangements
Ensure that all the seating charts and place cards are accurately arranged according to your guests' preferences.
#3 - Signage
Don't forget to place signs at key locations to guide your guests, such as the entrance, restrooms, and parking areas.
#4 - Lighting and Sound
Check that the lighting and sound systems are properly set up, so everyone can see and hear the ceremony and reception clearly
#5 - Guest Book
Keep your guest book and pens at a designated spot, allowing your loved ones to leave heartfelt messages and well wishes.
Planning a wedding can be overwhelming, and it's crucial to find moments to relax and enjoy the day.
Here are a few ways you can unwind and take in the joyous atmosphere:
Take Deep Breaths: Practice deep breathing exercises throughout the day to calm your nerves and stay present in the moment.
Delegate Responsibilities: Assign trusted individuals to handle any last-minute tasks or unexpected situations, allowing you to focus on enjoying the day.
Take Breaks: Schedule short breaks between the ceremony and reception to spend a few intimate moments with your partner or simply gather your thoughts.
Remember to Eat: It's easy to get caught up in the excitement and forget to eat. Make sure you and your bridal party have time to enjoy a meal and stay energized.
Embrace Imperfections: No wedding goes perfectly according to plan, and that's okay. Embrace the unexpected and remember that it's the love and celebration that truly matter.
Now, let's talk about some crucial logistical items that you should never forget on your wedding day. These items may seem small, but they can make a significant difference in ensuring a smooth and stress-free experience:
Marriage License: Bring your marriage license with you to the ceremony. It's an essential document that legally validates your union.
Emergency Kit: Pack an emergency kit with items like band-aids, safety pins, breath mints, and a small sewing kit to handle any unexpected mishaps.
Vendor Contacts: Keep a list of important vendor contacts
handy, including phone numbers and email addresses, in case you need to reach them quickly.
Timeline and Itinerary: Print out copies of your wedding day timeline and itinerary and share them with your bridal party and key family members, so everyone is on the same page.
Spare Cash: Have some extra cash on hand for any unexpected expenses or gratuities for vendors who go above and beyond.
Finally, let's discuss the most forgotten items that brides have shared with us over the years. These are the little things that tend to slip through the cracks but can cause unnecessary stress or inconvenience on your wedding day. These seemingly insignificant things can make a big difference in avoiding stress and inconvenience on your special day. So, here we go:
Comfortable Shoes: While you may have chosen the perfect pair of heels for your ceremony, many brides forget to bring comfortable shoes for dancing at the reception. Remember to pack a pair that will keep you dancing all night long.
Snacks and Water: With all the excitement and busyness, it's easy to forget to eat and stay hydrated. Pack some snacks and a bottle of water to keep you fueled throughout the day.
Phone Charger: Your phone can come in handy for various reasons on your wedding day, from checking messages to capturing candid moments. Don't forget to bring a phone charger or a portable power bank to ensure your phone stays juiced up.
Lipstick and Touch-up Kit: A bride's makeup can wear off or fade throughout the day. Pack a small touch-up kit with your favorite lipstick shade, blotting papers, and a compact mirror to keep your look fresh.
Stain Remover: Accidents happen, and spills are not uncommon during weddings. Having a stain remover pen or wipes on hand can be a lifesaver for any unexpected mishaps on your dress or suit.
Personal Items: It's easy to get caught up in the wedding preparations and forget personal items like your phone, keys, or even your vows! Double-check that you have all your essentials before leaving for the venue.
Extra Copies of Speeches and Vows: If you have any speeches or vows prepared, make sure to bring multiple copies. This ensures that everyone involved has a copy and prevents any last-minute panic if someone forgets theirs.
Tissues: Weddings are filled with emotions, and tears of joy are not uncommon. Pack a few tissues in your clutch or pocket to dab away those happy tears.
Comfortable Clothing for After the Reception: After a long day of celebration, changing into comfortable clothes can be a relief. Pack a change of clothes, including comfortable shoes, for the late-night festivities or your exit.
Thank You Notes and Pen: Show your gratitude to your loved ones by writing personalized thank you notes. Don't forget to pack a few blank notes and a pen for this thoughtful gesture.
And there you have it, the most forgotten items shared by brides. Remembering these small but essential things can help you avoid unnecessary stress and ensure a smooth wedding day experience.
We hope you found these tips helpful and feel more prepared for your special day. Remember, the most important thing is to enjoy every moment and cherish the love and celebration surrounding you.
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As always, thank you for tuning in, and until next time, happy planning and best wishes for a magical wedding day!
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