Things to Remember on Your Wedding Day

There’s so much to think about when planning a wedding, but there is a list of important things to remember on your wedding day.

Your wedding is probably going to be one of the best and most exciting days of your entire life.

Of course, that means that it also has the potential to be seriously stressful as well. There’s so much to do and to think about when you’re planning and organising a wedding that trying to stay on top of everything can be pretty overwhelming at times. Believe me, I’m at that stage now. 

There are just so many things that you need to be aware of. It’s hardly surprising that people end up accidentally forgetting about certain small, but pretty crucial details. These are the kinds of things that could easily slip through the cracks, but can end up making the whole day a lot more difficult than it would otherwise be. With that in mind, here are a few things to remember on your wedding day.

 

How you’re getting there

When people think about their wedding, you think of yourself saying your vows. And why wouldn’t you? After all, that’s the important part of the whole day.

But if you rewind a little bit you need to think about your transport. How are you going to actually get to and from the venue in the first place? Wedding car hire is often pretty simple and easy, as long as you find the right car that suits your wedding theme. However, it’s often incredibly easy to forget about since it’s such a small and seemingly obvious detail.   

 

Where people will be sitting

One of the great things about a wedding is the way in which it brings different people together who might not otherwise spend any time with each other. Mixing your’s and your partner’s family and friends can be great, but it can also end up causing some tension.

Some people just don’t get along that well, and the last thing you want is to end up sitting people next to each other who don’t get on. Make sure that you create a seating plan that avoids creating any unnecessary tension on your special day.

 

How long things will take

Let’s be honest, there are parts of your wedding that will just be plain boring for guests. You’ll be busy having photos taken for an hour, whilst your guests wait around, starving, for the meal. You should think carefully about how long each aspect is going to take.

The last thing you want is to run into problems because certain elements of your wedding are taking too long and then you have to rush when you should just be enjoying yourself. Creating a clear schedule well in advance can make life a whole lot easier.

 

Of course, these are just a few of the things to remember on your wedding day that need to be thought through carefully. The best thing that you can do is to create a clear and detailed list of every single thing that you need in order to make sure that your big day goes off without a hitch.

 

What Your Wedding Invitations Should Reveal About Your Big Day

Part of the fun of planning a wedding is the fact that none of your guests know what you’re doing.

However, your wedding invitations should reveal important information like venue, theme (colour or otherwise) and time and date.

You can keep them guessing as much as you want. Most brides keep certain things, like their dress, a secret until the big reveal. Others choose to take their secrecy even further by refusing to disclose any major details.

But, there’s no denying that it’s usually essential to reveal at least some of the things you have planned. Leaving guests in the dark is all well and good, but it could lead to issues of logistics. After all, how can they attend if you keep things like your venue secret?

This is where your wedding invitations come in. These are the first hint of what your big day will be all about. It might give them a clue to colour scheme or your style.

As such, it’s essential you work out just how much you would like them to reveal. For the most part, this entirely depends on the level of secrecy you want to keep. But, we’re going to look at a few essentials which should always make an appearance on there somewhere.

 

Your venue

Obviously, your venue has to appear on your invitations. As fun as it would be to keep this a complete secret, there’s just no way you could work it. Well, not without buying expensive buses to transport everyone blind. In the long run, though, that wouldn’t work out. So, bite the bullet and put the address on there. On the plus side, there are plenty of other areas for mystery fun.

 

Your theme

Wedding invitations should reveal a style or design you’ve gone for. They don’t have to give away too much though.

You’ll need to give your guests a bit of a hint of what they can expect. This could be as simple as a coloured bow. Or, you could go all out and reveal your vintage theme using something like these vintage wedding invitations.

Instead of seeing this as ruining the fun, use it to increase the mystery. After all, done right, a hint like this could only tantalise your guests more. By thinking outside the box, you could create a real sense of mystery. For example, if you’re getting married in a wooded area, merely list the address and write ‘bring your wellies’. Your guests will drive themselves crazy trying to work it out.

 

The dress code

If you’re going all out with your themed wedding, the chances are that you have a dress code. The downside here is that you’ll need to reveal your theme beforehand to ensure your guests adhere.

It’s a catch 22 situation. It would be a load of fun to keep that theme secret, but it just wouldn’t be practical. Plus, seeing your guests all dressed up will be a lot more fun. Imagine how amazing that’ll look in your wedding photos! Sometimes, you just have to compromise on secrecy. There are plenty of other ways to keep guests guessing when the time comes.

Consider These Little Details When Planning a Wedding

The little things mean a lot, and this is especially the case when you are planning your big day.

Wedding planning is something that can completely consume your life, from the moment the question is popped all the way through to the day itself.

The difficult thing in planning your perfect day is that you want it to be so perfect that there are going to be things that will go wrong. This is inevitable. But there are some small things that a lot of us do not consider when we are planning our wedding. Consider these little details when planning a wedding before you do anything else!

 

Guest List Above Anything

Don’t rush into organising things too quickly without sorting your guest list first. Not your venue, or your cake, or anything else!

How can you possibly decide on a venue, when you don’t know how many guests you will have?

The guest list is the thing that determines the other aspects of your wedding. It’s not the most exciting part of planning, especially if you are struggling to decide which aunt you want to invite.

If you’d set your heart on and booked a small cosy venue that houses 60 people, but then invite over 200, how will that work? If you’ve paid a deposit, that’s down the drain, which could be a couple of thousand pounds.

Think very carefully about what type of wedding you want. Close and intimate? Or big and bold? If you want a large wedding, pick a big manor house, marquee or hotel. If you want a small and intimate wedding, pick a boutique hotel or a tipi.

These things also tie in with budget. You can’t invite 200 guests if you have a budget of under £5,000. It’ll be impossible. Work out how much you can spend, or are willing to spend.

So sit down, create your guest list and then look at venues that fit the bill.

 

Doing It Yourself

It makes a lot of sense to take on wedding planning duties yourself, mainly because it’s cheaper.

Some duties may appear simple at first, such as designing the invitations on your computer and then printing them out to mail off to the invitees. But this is never as easy as you first think.

There can be a lot more hassle to get this one little thing done when there are so many other things that are important. By stressing over DIY invites, you might be losing sight of some of the bigger, more important issues that crop up.

So, for things like invitations, place cards, and little trinkets, is there any point in making them yourself, which will be endless late nights, for them to turn out not quite what you wanted? These little details when planning a wedding can turn into big ones!

You’re better going online and finding companies that do wonderful bespoke designs, and you can find plenty on Etsy, but also invitation design sites like Pure Invitation.

It might work out slightly more expensive, but if it saves you precious time and stress, it’s worth it.

 

Think About The Worst Case Scenario

Most people don’t want to think about the worst case scenario. So they ignore it!

But, anyone planning a wedding needs to understand that there will very likely be some tiny flaws, maybe now, maybe on the day, or maybe all the way through the wedding planning.

When you hit a problem, it can feel like a big deal. The important thing to do in this instance is to stop, take a deep breath, and think about if these things will matter a few years from now?

Will you look back on your big day, on your one year anniversary, and think about how the table linen was white when it should have been off-white? It’s very unlikely!

And on the other end of the spectrum, if there are extreme worst-case scenarios arising, such as the band not turning up, you need to think about a way around it. Contingency plans need to be thought about, because if you don’t have a backup plan, then you’ve got nothing.

So, if the band doesn’t turn up, have a pre-made CD ready.

If the hairdresser hasn’t done your hair perfectly on the day, can a bridesmaid or guest redo it?

If there are concerns with the weather, is there a backup option to have canapes away from the terrace?

There is always a solution to a problem, so make sure you have one in your back pocket. It’s very unlikely you will need it, but it will make you feel a lot better during the planning process.

 

Not Assigning Duties For The Day

Everything should run like clockwork on the day/ The order of service, the time of the meal, and everything in between and afterwards should be scheduled in. Your best method, rather than doing it all yourself, is to spread the duties.

You shouldn’t give any duties to yourself. It’s your day, you don’t want the stress. Similarly, don’t assign all duties to one person. That isn’t fair, and they won’t enjoy your day either.

If you make a list of duties, and deal them out between 5 or 6 people. This could be bridesmaids, best men, ushers, etc. It’s better for everyone to have a couple of duties which takes the strain off.

 

These little details when planning a wedding can turn into big problems if not addressed properly. We think we can organise everything ourselves, but this adds more work. Think about the little things way in advance. And prepare for every situation.

 

6 Top Forgotten Wedding Aspects

If you’ve ever been to a wedding, planned a wedding, or been in the general vicinity of a wedding, chances are you know that there are simply hundreds of things to remember.

However, while most couples do a great job, there are still some often forgotten wedding aspects that deserve a mention.

If you’re planning a wedding right now or you simply want to be prepared for the future, make sure you consider these forgotten wedding aspects.

 

  1. Planning For Rain

You can’t just count on great weather when you’re getting married. You need to have a plan B, or rather, a plan for rain. What will you do about getting to your location? Taking pictures? Will it change anything?

Make sure you consider eventualities with the weather so everybody can have a better time.

 

  1. Establishing A Wedding Website

A wedding website is a great way to provide guests with a one-stop place to access useful information. You can include the date, time, and other relevant information when it comes to your wedding day, plus any nearby hotel and transport tips that your guests could use.

Be as helpful as you can and get it set up ASAP if you want the majority of your guests to turn up. The website doesn’t need to be professionally designed or complete with all of the trimmings. It just needs to be somewhere your guests can go for helpful info.  

 

  1. Food Allergies

Have you asked your guests about any food allergies? How about those who don’t eat meat, or even dairy? You’ll need to make a list of allergies and dietary requirements, and then give this list to your caterer along with where each one is sitting. Your caterer will likely be extremely grateful and you’ll make sure none of your guests are left hungry.

And don’t forget the children! Children will need separate, smaller courses and again, check they don’t have allergies.

 

  1. Having A Gift Safe-Keeper

Leaving gifts unattended on a table is a little irresponsible. After all, everybody is going to be drinking and having a great time, things can get broken, or even lost. Designate somebody to look after the gifts.

This might mean taking them to a hotel room instead, or even loading them into the back of a car. You won’t want to think about what to do with them at the end of the night when you’ve had a few drinks yourself!

The venue or hotel will normally sort this for you.

 

  1. Supplier Meals

It’s all well and good laying out fancy wedding tablecloths ready to feed your guests, but what about your vendors? Are you going to let them go hungry? Make sure you feed the vendors who will be there all day. It’s only polite.

This will include the photographer and videographer. They’ll be on their feet all day, running around to catch the right moments. They definitely need feeding in the daytime as well as evening.

Other suppliers could include musicians and the DJ.

 

  1. Supplier Overtime

If your wedding seems like it’s going to be buzzing into the wee hours, you’ll want to find out in advance if your vendors would be willing to stay. Make sure you chat to them about it and put some of the budget aside so you can continue your wedding in the way you want.

Also check that your venue allows it. Ours have said that we need the music off by 1am, so there’s no point hiring the DJ until 2.

 

Did you forget any of these things, or something else? Leave a comment!

How To Disaster-Proof Your Wedding

Weddings are expensive occasions that require lots of planning.

Nobody wants their wedding to be ruined by an unforeseen disaster resulting in a last minute cancellation. Here’s how you can disaster-proof your wedding and prevent wedding bells from turning into alarm bells.

 

Plan ahead

Some disasters can be down to our own forgetfulness. Thoroughly planning everything in advance can prevent important details from being missed. Create a checklist and aim to have everything on it ticked off a few weeks before the wedding.

You don’t want to be scrambling around last minute for a make-up artist or a wedding photographer only to find they’re all fully booked up. Make sure you’re inviting guests at least six months before the event and ring around to confirm who can make it. This will ensure that all the important people are able to make your special day.

 

Prepare for all weathers

If you’ve got an outdoor wedding planned, it’s worth having an emergency backup plan in case of bad weather. This could be something as simple as having the ceremony under a marquee. This way, if the heavens do open, everyone will be sheltered. Companies such as http://www.countymarquees.com/ specialise in these marquees and could give you a wide range to choose from. You may even want to buy some windbreaks in case of blustery weather.

A heatwave can also have unexpected results. The first most common disaster is frizzy hair. It could be worth packing some anti-frizz hairspray or asking your beautician to provide some, so that aren’t reminded of your messy hair in photos for years to come.

Another thing to watch out for is insects, especially around the cake on a hot day. Nobody wants fly eggs in their wedding cake.

As for your wedding vehicle, if you’re opting for an open-top car, make sure the roof can easily be put on in the event of a shower – too many brides can be caught out by this. At the very least, bring an umbrella.

 

wedding cookie with bride and groom figurines

Get insured

Just as you may take out holiday insurance when going on vacation, it’s worth taking out wedding insurance.

You can find such schemes at sites such as https://www.wedinsure.co.uk/. Wedding insurance may be able to protect against cancellation and rearrangement but only in certain circumstances such as when the bride or groom is ill or when catering services don’t turn up. Always read into insurance schemes to see exactly what is covered.

It isn’t expensive — mine was £50 — and it covers against any suppliers that don’t turn up, or even if your cake arrives damaged, etc.

 

Use a wedding planner

Disaster-proof your wedding by hiring a wedding planner. A wedding planner can take a lot of the stress out of organising your day such as arranging catering services, hiring a photographer and decorating the venue. This could prevent you forgetting important aspects of your wedding.

Some wedding planners may also be able to find last minute replacements if a wedding DJ or photographer doesn’t turn up. This could save you phoning around on the day — something no-one should have to do on their wedding.

Wedding planners do cost a fair amount of money. Shop around for a wedding planner that doesn’t charge a fortune and read reviews and testimonials to ensure you get a reliable and experienced one.

 

There are some problems that will be out of your control, but do what you can. Disaster-proof your wedding as much as possible, so if anything does go wrong, you’re prepared. You don’t want to regret any part of your day, so take these measures to ensure your day goes perfectly!