- 5 years ago
- Wedding: August 2013
Ms. @LadyLeigh: wrote a post a while back and it have a bunch of worthwhile tips and small details in it that are super useful. Unfortunately, it’s been tagged so many times its 8 pages long.
So I put all the tips in one post for us August Bees 🙂 (And whoever else wants to read).
Questions to think about:
Who is in charge of food while you are getting ready? You need to eat! Have a breakfast bar or finger sandwiches available so your bridal party deosn’t get famished.
Will you have a checklist for getting ready? Many brides have spoken about how they forgot their veil…
Who is in charge of taking down and boxing up all of your decor after the night is done?
Who will gather your gifts and cards, anniversary cake, your veil, bouquet, etc at the end of the night?
Who will make you a doggie bag to take back to your hotel room?
If you are doing the traditional reception entrance, who will be responsible for rounding up and organizing the parents and bridal party members?
Does the bridal party know when and where to meet for hair and make-up?
Do all family members know when and where family photos will be taken? Who is in charge of tracking down those who are MIA?
Is there an alternate route to your venue(s), just in case there is a big accident blocking your way there?
How does everyone know where to be during the day of? (Parents, Vendors, Bridal Party, photographer)… Are you making them timelines?
Do you have a list of items that need to be at the ceremony? (Marriage license? Rings? Flower Girl baskets, etc) Who will be in charge of getting these items there?
Who is distributing tips during the day-of? Checks for the officiant, etc need to be filled out before you leave.
Is your overnight bag packed and ready to go? Where will it be during the ceremony/reception?
Will you have a little emergency kit on hand if you need it? (Baby powder, chalk, bandaids, tampons, tissues, etc)
Are you brining and evening bag with ‘touch-up’ make-up to the reception? Will Maid/Matron of Honor be in charge of it?
Do you want pics of your invitation suite at the venue? These should be on your ‘to -bring’ list.
Are you putting ‘courtesy items’ in the restrooms for guests are always a nice touch — shoe shine cloth, lint brush, deodorant, individually wrapped mints and gum packs in the men’s room, and hygiene items, hair spray, dental floss, more mints, mending kit, etc, in the ladies room.
Do you want your songs to start at the beginning for the ceremony, reception announcements, and your dances?
Are you providing a way for your guests to share photos and videos after the wedding? (There are a few options online)
You could give a schedule of events with individual duties outlined to evvvvvveryone involved – parents, siblings, wedding party… then no-one will be lost or confused! (I am making a whole packet that will have: Maps for vendors, bridal party and all involved people, Emergency contact list, Timeline of events and ind. duties)
Will you need tissue at the ceremony? How will you have it stored?
Will you need someone to bring a steamer for yours or your bridesmaid’s dresses?
Are you having a lot of pics with your younger bridal party members? (Flower girl/ringbearer? Is there time in the schedule for them to nap? Will bring snacks? No-one wants fussy kids while trying to get a cute shot!
When planning leave NOTHING to be done the day before or day of if possible. You have no idea how fast this day will go – do it the month/week/day before at all costs
Print out EVERYTHING days before the wedding. Anything that you will need on the day of should be printed well ahead of time.
When you are getting your hair and makeup done, wear a button-up shirt or a robe
Make sure you have a ‘Time Person’ who will keep track of the clock while you are getting ready, you don’t want to miss a timeline and end up late somewhere
Pee right before you put on your dress!! have a bridesmaid remind you, because in all of the excitement (and nerves) you’ll forget.
Look at your Darling Husband during the WHOLE ceremony. Look nowhere else. (There’s a blog on the front page about this right now)
This may silly, but remind your bridesmaids to smile/have pleasant expressions on their faces during the ceremony!
Have a back up place for photos. Just in Case.
Have your groom bringing along extra black (or whatever coordinated color) dress socks (possibly a tie as well).
Three brides have mentioned they forgot to the reception if your venue is not providing something to cut the cake with…make sure this is on a list of items to bring
Make sure if you need bridal party to stay afterward to help break everything down that they know beforehand so they don’t accidentally leave with everybody else
Double check how you would dance in your dress with your bustle! – Also, make sure your Maid/Matron of Honor knows how to bustle your dress..and maybe a back-up too.
If you don’t have a videographer, you probably want to ask somebody to take video with their iPhone, at least of the vows, first dance, toasts, etc.
Make sure your reception vases have water!
Bring more comfortable shoes to change into – tried, true, tested shoes. No matter how much you love your shoes – have these for ‘just in case’.
::Does anyone else have anything else they are doing to make sure no details are forgotten?