Little things that you didn't think of…!

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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5543 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Make sure if you aren’t having a sit down dinner that someone  gets you a plate of food/cake. I managed to not get anything at my reception. 

Post # 3
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1262 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2015 - Mount Hermon

loveerin:  one thing someone told me about is a card box. There are occasional stories of people stealing cards from weddings because they know there is a lot of money in them. There are beautiful card boxes on Etsy for a lot of different budgets. 

Post # 4
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492 posts
Helper bee

loveerin:  Just make sure you enjoy it!! It goes extremely quickly!!! Don’t get stuck talking to one person for a long time, otherwise you will not get to anyone else!!  I was really stressed on my wedding day and didn’t feel like eating anything at my reception, even though it was amazing food – but that was me, not you!! haha.  Also make sure if you have a little gift for everyone that they take them home!! I had little glass jars that I had tied lace and  glued flowers on with lollies inside for every guest – about half or more didnt even take them home!! It took me a lot of time and effort to make them and was dissappointing the next day to see how many were left behind!! If you have an MC – make sure he has a timeline and sticks to it, otherwise you will may run late.  By the time we did our first dance, a third of the people had already left or about to leave.  Hope you have an amazing wedding!!  I’m sure you will – Try and not be stressed like me and you will enjoy it!! 🙂

Post # 7
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259 posts
Helper bee

I will chime in here on the card box.  My friend had hers stolen.  Unfortunately, they put the box right by the exit, and the box exited with one of the hotel employees.  It took 2 years and a lawyer to get the hotel to pay up.  It was horrible for her  – they had to call every guest to find out what each person had put in the box. 

They caught the guy that stole the box when he tried to use a Target gift card.  One of the guests still had the receipt for the gift card, and Target was able to flag it.   Of course, all the cash was gone when they caught him.

It was a mess.  Her recommendation is to have the box far away from any exit, make sure it locks, and chain it to a table if possible.  Also have someone keep an eye on it.

 

Post # 8
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1025 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

loveerin:  For the card box, you don’t need someone to guard it all night.  If your guests have a gift for you is usually set on the table as they enter the reception area.  Wait until everyone is in and ask someone trusted (mom, dad, best friend) to excuse themself, collect the card box and lock it in their trunk.  It removes the chance for someone to steal it once everyone is focused on dinner and dancing.

Make sure someone has a timeline and knows when to start speeches, dinner, dancing, cake etc.

(Also make sure someone is available to help vendors (DJ caterer etc) set up when they arrive since you may be in the middle of the ceremony, pictures, hair and make up.

If you are serving alcohol have the numbers to some cab companies handy.

 

Post # 9
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584 posts
Busy bee

In addition to all the above advice (especially nikkialys!!)

Have a group of people whom you trust be designated to set up your wedding and make sure that they are AWARE of this!!  I was my cousin’s day of coordinator and she gave me a list of people who could help me set up and none of them actually showed! I ended up scrambling, calling everyone I knew (including parents of the bride!) to come help me set up in time. One additional thing, have a “manual” typed up and printed out detailing how you want everything set up so that people can follow your vision without having to bug you about it on the day.

Feel free to PM me, I went through both my own wedding and then was the planner/day of coordinator for my cousin’s wedding very recently so I have experience from both sides of the aisle so to speak.

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