Although the summer season of weddings has slowly waned, the fabulous fall and winter ceremonies are on their way, and we have 10, stellar tips to help you plan your special day!
1. Give in to the chaos
No matter how much planning and triple-checking you do during the months (or years) prior to The Day, it’s almost silly to think there won’t be a single thing that goes a little off-key. And that’s okay! Let it go; ride it out and roll with those punches. As long as there are two “I Do”s, that’s really all that matters. Your day will go much smoother if you embrace the chaos and choose to enjoy every little moment of the day, even if they weren’t planned!
2. Write thank-you notes as gifts come in. Do not get behind, unless you want to spend your honeymoon crafting odes to the lovely Waterford from Aunt Mildred. If you don’t have the time to write a full thank-you note, make a detailed list at the very least. Then, once you have a cup of coffee and a few hours to spare, sit down and finish the job.
3. If you must give favors, give food. Don’t give your guests something they’re just going to throw away. No one in the history of party planning has ever gone wrong with a light snack. Sub Tip: This is not the time to learn how to DIY Cake Pops; leave it to the pros!
4. Maybe pay someone to do that. Segway into Tip #4…Are you supremely artistic and experienced in the ways of crafting? Is your great aunt Martha Stewart? Unless the answer to one of these questions is yes, think very carefully about any D.I.Y. projects. Examine your own abilities with a critical eye– you will thank yourself later!
5. Keep It Simple. When communicating with your bridal party, family members, friends, and vendors who are all helping with planning The Day, write everything down concisely and as simple as possible. Although you know exactly what you have pictured in your head, it’s safe to assume that is where it will stay if you don’t communicate clearly. Sub Tip: Bullet points are the best!
6. Get Your Guests Home Safely
Think about how you feel after a night out. When you’re ready to go, you just want to get home. So ensure you have a plan for how to get guests off-site, and if it’s in a rural area, consider having cabs waiting to do round trips from the venue to the guests’ hotels from about 10.30pm onwards.
7. Get Your Selfie On
Although your wedding photographer will capture some of the most prominent and important moments of The Day, they might not get all the little moments that really make your day special. Selfie, selfie, selfie!
8. Take the Time To Write and Give a Thank You Speech
It’ll feel good to thank your parents, grandparents, and guests (especially those who traveled great distances) for making such a momentous occasion in your life possible.
9. Don’t Smash The Cake
Brides, you still have people to see and photos to take, so you don’t want to get cake in your hair and on your dress (nor do you want to reapply makeup). Grooms, this is not how you want to start married life. Trust me on this one.
Your favorite tunes are playing, the dance floor is packed with people you love, and you have reason to celebrate! With conditions like that even grooms who “don’t dance” will regret it if they don’t let their inner Bacon loose.