There are so many things to decide upon when planning your wedding. The eleven things listed below are the most overlooked areas of most weddings.
1 Creating Post-Wedding Plans
I don’t mean the honeymoon; no one is going to forget to plan that! Rather you need to decide on what you would like to do straight after the reception. Are you going to leave your guests and go to a hotel with your husband, or do you want to party on with your guests. If this is the case, you could choose a place to meet that is either close to the reception venue, or close to everyone’s homes or hotels.
2 Confirming Suppliers
Make sure that you or your wedding planner calls every supplier, one week prior to your wedding day. Confirm times, location and services to be given.
3 Bridal Party Commitments
Inform your Maid of honor, Best man, bridesmaids and groomsmen of their schedule and duties. If someone in the bridal party is known for being late, start their schedule half an hour early just to be on the safe side.
4 Bustle 101
If you have a bustle as part of your gown, give your Maid of honor or mother a lesson, before the wedding, on how to bustle your gown. So on the day it won’t be a problem.
5 Deciding Where Everything Goes And Who’s Going To Put It There
As well as deciding the layout of your ceremony and reception and where your family and friends will sit, you will need to decide where you would like the programs, menus, place cards and (if you are having them) guest book, present table and bomboniere will all go.
You will also need to decide who will set these things out for you. If the staff at the venue will be setting them out for you, contact them two weeks before your wedding day to find out when they would like the items to be dropped off.
Give your assistants good instructions and draw the area, room or table placement layouts to ensure everything is exactly the way you would like it to be.
5 Other Areas to Decorate
Don’t forget to carry the decorations or run your theme through to other areas of the reception venue eg; the bar, outside areas, bathrooms etc. You will earn lots of points for this attention to detail! Flowers and candles work well.
6 Eat and Stay Hydrated
At your reception ask your Maid of honor or a waitress to bring you and your new spouse a plateful of canapés and to keep an eye on your glass, so it always stays filled!
7 Next Day Goodies
Organise with your caterer to pack you and your new hubby a special box of food, for you both to delight over. You probably won’t eat much during the reception and you will love it the next day. Don’t forget to ask for cake!
If you’re not giving your centerpieces to family or friends, arrange for someone to drop them off at a nursing home or hospital.
9 Cleaning Up
Nominate someone to ensure that all your cards, gifts, toasting glasses, guest book, left over cake, cake knife, cake toppers, etc get home. Also if you are changing out of your wedding gown for the reception, you will need someone to take this home for you as well.
10 The Overnight Bag
If you are staying in a hotel for your wedding night, see if you can get a family member or friend to check your baggage in.
11 Next Day Errands
Ask a close family member or friend to take your gown to the dry cleaners the very next day or as soon as possible. The longer you leave marks or stains on your gown, the harder it is to remove them.