- 7 years ago
- Wedding: August 2011
I struggled SO much with wedding planning. I literally hated every minute of it and am beyond thrilled to be done lol. I was all over the ‘bee and that’s what kept me sane! So thanks hive 🙂 The day went really well, I couldn’t think of a thing that went awry (well, I was like 5 minutes late to the church but who cares lol). But after it was all said and done, there were so many things I was just like “whoa, I wish someone had told me that!” (Or more accurately, I wish I had listened when someone said that!)
So I thought it’d be fun to start a thread to see if anyone else had some great tips to share!
Mine would be:
- If you’re creating welcome bags for the hotel for your guests, make one for you too! When we got back to our room, we were starved, thirsty, and didn’t have a single thing to munch on or to drink! Our guests, however, had Gatorade, sodas, bottled water, granola bars, trail mix, chips, candy bars, etc.
- Try to get into the reception venue before any of your guests! We arrived about 10 minutes before any guests did but we never went inside, instead we took all of our pictures of us, then added in family members as they arrived. It was good for pictures but I never got to see our centerpieces or the decorations because by the time we went inside after pictures, everything was moved around (guests were seated, they’d moved centerpieces, blown out candles, put their stuff on the tables, made themselves comfortable basically, which was fine) so I never got to see the room in all its glory!
- Don’t order any extra food. We had a buffet and the caterer told us to not include kids because they wouldn’t eat a full meal and suggested that we round our headcount down slightly, because there are always no-shows, they said. Well, we didn’t listen, included the kids and a few extras just in case people we hadn’t heard from decided to come or if anyone brought uninvited guests. We ended up paying for 6 plates extra… @ $25 apiece. Listen to your caterer!
- Have a plan B for your bustle. Mine was a french bustle and looked totally beautiful but didn’t hold up at all. Of course, it didn’t help that my dad stepped on my dress several times, but the whole night my mom had to adjust the bustle. Finally she tucked my train into the back of my dress. It looked pretty goofy but there was only 20-30 minutes left in the evening before my husband and I left, so it didn’t bother me too much. I got to dance and that’s all that I cared about. But come up with a better plan B than having your train tucked into your dress lol.
- Keep your lipstick in a safe place. I left mine on our headtable, kind of under my bouquet. Our four year old niece found it and smeared my $30 Sephora lipstick all over her mouth. Funny but I was without lipstick half the night.
- Have someone be the “go-to” person for the venue staff to talk to if they have questions. The venue staff kept coming up to me and asking me if I wanted my cake here or there, if I wanted them to cut it or if I wanted my guests to help themselves, did I want to keep the topper, etc. It was really annoying because they would come get me off the dance floor to ask. I kept telling them I didn’t care and to do whatever but I wish I had pointed them in my mom’s direction or my aunt or something.
That’s all I can think of for now but I’m excited to see what others have to share 🙂