What *are* those last minute details? What did you forget about until the end?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Im in the same boat. I feel like I’m missing so much!

do you have a cake knife/server? Guestbook? pen for the guestbook? I’m working on a list of shots that i want the photographer to take that i’ll most likely forget the day of. are there things that are going from ceremony to reception? does someone know they have to take them and where to put htem? do you know who’s getting the flowers? or they being delivered? if so where and what time? 

these are just some of the things i can think of. hope it helps

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My big last-minute “oopsies” were: I changed the order of the WP, but neglected to change the order for the listing for when we came into the reception, so most everyone was announced wrong, and we also (unrelated) changed some things for the order of the entrance at the ceremony, so the cues for the musicians were wrong, and that messed up some of the music. 🙁

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

following

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Food for the bridal suite and the grooms room, out of town guest bags, and taking my veil out of the bag to let the wrinkles out. Oh, and even if your tux place puts all the pieces in the bags in front of you, double check anyways bc one of groomsmen was missing a pocket square. On that note, socks for the groomsmen as well. 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Commenting to follow. Excellent post.

Post # 8
bluewhaleMember
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Busy bee

– Figure out who will collect all the clothes that you change out of and deliver them to you later.

– Designate a person to collect cards and gifts.

– If your venue doesn’t take care of clean-up, figure that out 🙂

– Have a bag close to you at the reception with things like chapstick, powder, kleenex, bobby pins.

Probably more stuff… I’ll ponder this 🙂

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I also want to follow this post! 

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I forgot to order the cake! Ended up doing it about 2 weeks before my wedding. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’m two weeks out, and going crazy trying to figure out what I forgot! I even when as far as to setting up mock reception tables to see how everything will look.

As far as what I’m doing, I’m finishing up a few DIY projects (runners, painting some glass) and figuring out how to transport our older folks to our reception site across a big field (leaning towards golf carts). Also I just finished figuring out arrangements for the bridal party for the night before. That was a pain.

Also, I highly recommend calling all your vendors around the two week mark (or earlier if they’re super popular) and checking to make sure everything is still set. I totally almost forgot about the last payment for our photographer.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We didn’t really forget much – the only thing that stands out is that my sash for my dress (it came with it) was back at the hotel in the bottom of the bag. I was super sad – that meant I didn’t get to wear it for the ceremony. We have AMAZING friends though and they went back and picked it up for me during the cocktail hour. 

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We had a very DIY wedding.  Please Please Please appoint one person to be in charge the day of.  For me it was my MOH (sister) and her girlfriend- Thank god for the girlfriend!!!!  She was a godsend!  We completely forgot to set out the guestbook!!  DOH!  I feel bad about that one!  Verify your vendors before the day of.  Sort your stuff according to where it goes.  Make a floorplan.  Have an idea as to who is getting where and how.  Inform your bridal party (the guys to) of specifics well ahead of time.  I.e. rehersal is at ______, dinner will follow, we need to at _____ by 9 am the day of- whatever it may be.  Figure out clean-up.  But PLEASE- make ONE person be the point person the day of.  Don’t let 4 people have control because then people will hear 4 different things! 

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