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.

 

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!

Worried about getting a migraine on your wedding day?

If you’re like me and you suffer from migraines, you might be worried about getting a migraine on your wedding day.

 

I suffer from migraines, and they can come on at any time when you’re least expecting it. When it does hit, it usually stays there all night and into the next morning no matter what I eat or drink. So the trick is to prevent the migraine/headache before it arrives.

A migraine would ruin my wedding day for me. There are some steps you can take to avoid getting a migraine on your wedding day, and ensuring it’s the best day ever.

 

Sleep

It’s easier said than done to sleep well before your wedding day. You’ll be stressed out, which of course causes headaches, and you might not be eating right either. But try to get a good night’s sleep in the run up to the day.

Avoid getting a migraine on your wedding day by getting as much sleep as you can before 12am. According to sleep experts, the number of hours sleep you can get before 12am, the better. This means avoiding caffeine after about 8pm. Try to buy decaf tea or coffee to drink in the evening, and avoid eating too late. It’s best to have your evening meal around 7pm or sooner.

 

Food

I have found certain triggers can set off my migraines or cluster headaches. The biggest one is foods containing gluten. If I eat lots of bread or pasta for two or three days, I get a severe headache that won’t go away. It won’t disappear with medication, water or sleep.

Try to write down what foods you have eaten when you get a migraine. Can you see a pattern? Have you eaten a lot of bread over a few days? Even if you’re not sure what’s causing the headaches, perhaps avoid too much gluten the week before the wedding.

Cheese is another trigger for headaches, so back away from the cheeseboards (believe me, I know that’s difficult).

 

Water

This is such an obvious one but drink lots of water. Not only will this make you feel better, and stave off the headaches, but it also makes you look better. Want glowing skin on your wedding day? Water is the answer!

Avoid too many fizzy drinks. Diet versions contain aspartame which can be a migraine trigger, and you don’t want too much sugar either as this can cause headaches too!

 

Medication

If you’re still worried about getting a migraine on your wedding day, the best day of your life, you can have a consultation with a doctor about getting some migraine relief tablets. You’ll feel better knowing you’ve got something just in case one decides to gate crash.

So overall, avoid anything sugary, cheesy, carby, or basically nice! But seriously, try to cut down on fizzy drinks and switch it out for water. This will also help you sleep better leading up to the big day. No one wants bags under their eyes.

Try to avoid lots of bread or pasta. If you do have it, keep it to a minimum, i.e. one meal a day. It’s probably not a good idea to have toast for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch, and a big bowl of cheesy pasta in the evening.

Don’t let migraines ruin your wedding day.

Where to Spend Your Money on Your Wedding

Planning a wedding can be massively overwhelming at times, and how do you know where to spend your money on your wedding?

There is so much to consider and think about what you want from your special day. It is understandable that, at times, it can all get too much. Budget can be a real sticky point for any couple or family planning a wedding. Whether it’s a small budget or something more substantial, it isn’t easy to ensure that you stay in budget, or know exactly where to spend your money on your wedding day. I wanted to share with you some of the top areas you should be spending your wedding fund on.

 

bridge and groom having photo taken

The photographer

When it comes to your wedding, it is important to ensure that you spend your money wisely, and the one thing you are going to refer back to in years to come are your wedding photographs. So it is important to ensure that you choose the right photographer for you. You may want someone who specialises in modern wedding photography, or perhaps someone who is more traditional. You may have your own ideas thanks to the many wedding websites filled with inspiration, or are open to new approaches from the professional. Don’t be afraid to spend your money on this. After all, you want something amazing to look back on and memories can fade.

 

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The venue

The venue is hugely important for the wedding. It doesn’t have to be anything spectacular or the most expensive, but the venue itself needs to feel right for you both as a couple. Whether you have a church or a civil ceremony, make sure you are happy with your choice. A venue is the place that you will be spending your time in, so it needs to tick all of your boxes. It can be the most expensive part of a wedding, but it can often be the most important as well.

If you’re trying to save money, just hire out one venue. I’ve chosen to get married in a church, and then move on for the wedding reception. But this is easily adding £1000. Save that by staying in one venue for the day.

 

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The food

If you are planning on having a meal or providing food for your guests, then ensure that you are providing the very best your budget can afford. The thing is, food can be expensive, so it is essential that you get quality food for the money you are spending. However, thanks to websites like Pinterest, you can be really innovative with food options. Consider having food trucks or buffet style alternatives. I hear hog roasts are all the rage.

 

where to spend your money on your wedding - Bride in lace wedding dress

Something special for you

Finally, make sure you have an element of your day that both you and your partner want. Don’t be afraid to spend your money on it. It is your day, after all. You could consider a band if you and your partner love live music. Maybe a photo booth if you love to capture memories in different ways. Perhaps even thinking about the food element or a signature drink if you consider yourself foodies.

 

It’s up to you where to spend your money on your wedding. But make the day unique to you in your own way and ensure you enjoy every moment of it.