Post # 1
- Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country
This question is part of our blog and boards series, The Buzz, where we poll the hive for great advice and ideas and run a selection of helpful answers on the blog. Read more about the series here, and a couple of our first The Buzz posts: Saving for your first home and Length of dating before getting engaged.
We want to know:
What did you forget to plan for on your wedding day, and what happened due to the lack of planning? Any advice for future brides to help them avoid a similar situation?
Lend your helpful tips and advice to the community, and we’ll feature answers on the blog throughout this month!
Post # 3
We switched our photographer the week of the wedding, so I wasnt able to make a complete list of everything we wanted. also the timing of everything was never set in stone, so we didn’t get enough time foclout couples portraits… 🙁 which was a bummer. But I love the picture we did get so I try not to let it upset me too much!
Also in te excitement of our day I forgot to make sure I spoke to everyone that came. We didn’t have a receiving line, and we a forgot to go from table to table, because people kept coming up to our sweetheart table, so I felt bad the next day when I thought of the people we didn’t get to say hi to and take pictures with. :/
but it was a wonderful day!! We are so happy with how it turned out!! 🙂
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion
This is a pretty “duh” thing, but I completely forgot to try on my dress with my undergarments. I know most brides go through alterations and several rounds of fittings, but I had ordered mine online from an Etsy seller. I tried it on the night before the wedding with my Maid/Matron of Honor, and we quickly realized that it wasn’t going to stay up on its own! The next day she went off on a mission to find Hollywood tape (double-sided tape that sticks to your skin and your bra) while I was getting my makeup and hair done.
Advice for future brides: For those adventurous online buyers of wedding dresses, try that sh#t on! Multiple times. Especially if there’s a possibility your weight could be fluctuating in the weeks leading up to your wedding.
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country
I didn’t pack an after-wedding bag! No pajamas, undies – nothing to change into post-wedding! Not sure why I overlooked that, and I know what you’re thinking…who needs clothes post-wedding 😉 … but we wanted to hang out with friends a little bit at the hotel really late night and everyone had changed out of their clothes into their PJs and I didn’t have a single thing to wear other than my wedding dress!
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2013 - Franklin Plaza
Tagging so I can start my list
Post # 7
I forgot my something borrowed and my something old.
Post # 8
Probably nothing that can go on your blog list, but I forgot to kiss my Dad when he gave me away! I was just too excited to finally be at the other end of the aisle.
And the other thing I regret is forgetting to make my brother his own piece of cake. He’s coeliac, and I told him I would make him a gluten free cake, but I completely forgot. I felt so bad when he asked me where it was at the reception.
I’ll be married five years this month, and I still regret those things 🙁
Post # 10
We didn’t plan tear-down very well. Nearly everyone peaced out at the end of the evening, and my parents, my aunt and uncle, and my new husband and I ended up packing everything up at 1am in the morning. And “everything” included a lot of DIY — our hydrangea bowl centerpieces had to be individually dismantled and the bowls repacked, our photo displays and other DIY elements kept safe, etc etc. Thankfully my mom knew that it would be important to me to save everything, but oh my goodness, I was just dead on my feet and not in a place to think about doing any of it efficiently!
I’m not mad at everyone else for not sticking around – it had been a LONG day for them too – but we should have thought ahead and enumerated what would need to be done and who would do it. We did that for the setup, and it went brilliantly! On the other hand…I will always be grateful to my aunt and uncle for being there to help without being asked. It was one of many unexpectedly sweet memories of that day.
Post # 11
I didn’t plan enough time to get ready before the ceremony. It was supposed to start at 1, but getting my hair done took about 1/2 an hour longer than it did during the trial run due to a big change in humidity (we practiced it in the desert town I lived in, but the wedding was close to the ocean). I showed up at the wedding venue at 12:45, hair up but no makeup and no dress…and people were already arriving. I had to duck behind my guests as fast as I could to get into the bride’s room, where luckily my bridesmaids were waiting and ready. My sister got my makeup done in about 15 minutes, and they all helped me get into my dress and get my veil on, just in time. I was almost late for my own wedding, and didn’t get to spend anytime with my sister or the other bridesmaids before the ceremony started, but we still got some great getting ready photos, and everyone looked wonderful. Oh, I also managed to lose track of my emergency kit, which had the special hair comb I was switching to after I took off my veil…but my cousin found it.
Moral of the story: leave lots of extra time, you don’t need the extra panic of thinking that you’re late and making the groom very nervous.
Post # 12
I forgot the sharpie pens for my photo guest book were in my possession, so guests arriving to the reception venue before me signed with ball point pens. The first two or three pages of our guestbook is smeared 🙁 Oh, well.
Post # 13
I didn’t take my time to get all of the pictures I wanted. When I surprised my husband at the barber shop he was getting ready at I should have let my photographer go in before me to get shots of BOTH of us as I was walking in. We also don’t have a lot of pictures of just the two of us.
Post # 14
Tagging to follow 🙂 6 months from today!
Post # 15
We forgot aisle runners! Had to go to Michaels the day of to buy them! (Also, don’t try to NAIL DOWN aisle runners when it’s windy)
Post # 16
Don’t forget to pack day-after shoes in your wedding night bag. It looks pretty silly when you’re wearing comfy clothes, have matted hair, and are sporting sparkly shoes…
Always plan for things to take way longer than you anticipate. They just will.
When people offer to help tear down or clean up after your reception, let them help.