WEDDING DAY! It’s a big day, and many times, it sneaks up on you (I know, hard to believe). Even with all that planning and organizing, it’s very possible that one or two (or more) things might slip under your radar. Here is a little list of things that often get passed by or misplaced and how to remember or keep track of them!
How it happens: I can’t tell you HOW important this is – for EVERYONE! The bride, the groom, the bridal party, parents and grandparents, and even your vendors/wedding professionals. Once the day starts and emotions and excitement are running high, it’s easy to get distracted or just push eating aside.
How to prevent it: Schedule a time to eat into your wedding day time line. And, to make sure the food gets to you or wherever it needs to go, designate a person to pick it up, transport, and deliver it. Or, if you plan to have something delivered from a restaurant, order it a week or so before so you don’t have to scurry around at the last minute trying to get everyone fed.
How it happens: Well, by tears I mean people crying where there is a lack of facial tissues. We don’t want family members sitting in the front row to be bawling, mascara running down their cheeks, and Kleenexless!
How to prevent it: Long before the ceremony starts, put little packs of Kleenex at the ends of the front few rows (or in all of the pews if you invited a ton of criers!). And for the bridal party, make sure everyone has a tissue tied into their bouquets or in a pockes for easy access. You never know when tears might start!
How it happens: Candles can create a fabulously romantic ambiance. But, if matches and lighters are forgotten, they can’t create that romantic vibe! And what’s more important, if you’re using candles in your ceremony (aka unity candles) and don’t have any method of lighting them, you’d have to skip over the ritual for lack of flame! *gasp*
How to prevent it: pack lighters or matches in your wedding day emergency kit, keep some with all of your decorating items, and keep a small matchbox up at the alter (behind a strategically placed flower arrangement, perhaps). This way, even if other candles aren’t lit, when it’s time for you to light the unity candles, you can still…light your fire.
How it happens: Unless you’ve worn your wedding day shoes for, well, an entire day, you might now know how your feet will react to being in them for such a long time.
How to prevent it: First, break in those beautiful shoes! Wear them around the house, do a little dancing in them, etc. Also, have a back up pair – whether they are flats or just more comfortable heels – so that you can let your feet have a break and you can keep on partying!
How it happens: You don’t necessarily NEED to tip your vendors, but sometimes you want to. But, as the day comes to a close and vendors start leaving (or you leave), a tip can be overlooked.
How to prevent it: On envelopes, write the name of each vendor and the service they provide (for example, “Emma Smith, Cake”) before the wedding day. Then designate someone to pass them out just before the vendors leave (or throughout the day as items are dropped off and set up). Keep a few envelopes and your checkbook or cash in your bag (or have your wedding coordinator, mom, dad, MOH, etc. be in charge of this) so that if someone goes above and beyond, you can say thanks with a little extra somethin’; somethin’!