It’s almost your big day! You must be wondering if you’ve covered all of your bases and if there’s anything you may have missed or overlooked. There are so many small details that go into planning such an event that it can be easy to overlook the small details.
Here is a list of ten things that you don’t want to forget about!
1. RAIN OR SHINE
Whether rain or shine, hot or cold, you should plan for it! If your wedding venue is outdoors, this is especially important. This could really affect the turnout, so plan accordingly. Keep an eye on the weather, and don’t be afraid to have “what-if” scenarios. Also, think about the possibility of a blazing sun – parasols could be a go-to in this heated situation.
2. GOLDEN HOUR
It’s all about golden hour these days! Figure out what time the sun will set so that you can get in prime time lighting for photos of your bridal party and any other group photos you may want. Make a list of group shots you want to take and send them over to your photographer so that she/he has a running list and doesn’t miss anything. Don’t forget those detail shots of the venue, table settings, cake, etc. before you lose natural sunlight. Put together a creative deck for your photographer with all the inspo photos you like that way she knows exactly what you want to get. If you don’t mind just leaving it up to your photog, then no need – but it’s all just preference. Go over the photography schedule with her so you both know what to expect the day of the wedding.
3. DAY OF WEDDING PLANNER OR ASSISTANT
You’re the bride. You’ve been planning this all out since day 1. You might even think you can do it all on your own! That doesn’t mean you have to! The day of your wedding is definitely not the day you want to attend to last minute questions. If you don’t have a wedding planner present on the day of the wedding, assign a contact person for all vendors and wedding questions. I had a day-of-assistant and it made all the difference when the venue, staff and my guests had questions.
4. PREPARE FINAL PAYMENTS AND BRING CASH
Most likely you will have a few vendors that still need to be paid. If you are having a destination wedding some vendors might ask for cash, so prepare this in advance. We had a very tricky time with ATM’s as you’re only allowed to pull out a certain amount each time. Make sure to plan this in advance and know who you need to pay, how much and if you plan on bringing cash or using the banks abroad.
5. PACKING THE ESSENTIALS
Remember when I touched on the topic of safely packing your wedding dress here? Make sure to reach out to your airline far in advance to see how you’ll get your dress to your destination. Where will you find a steamer for your gown and grooms suit? PS, don’t forget to pack all the minor things beforehand so you don’t miss anything. PSS, also pack for your honeymoon way in advance. This will take some stress off.
6. FOOD ALLERGIES & DIETARY RESTRICTIONS
Eating doesn’t seem to be as easy as it used to be. With so many dietary restrictions and allergies, you’ll definitely want to have options on the menu for everyone. Ask all of your wedding guests beforehand to let you know if they have any dietary restrictions or food allergies. Send all of these details to your wedding planner and she/he should relay the message over to the venue/catering.
7. FOOD COUNT
When catering food, don’t forget to include yourself + partner (bride/ groom), vendors and any staff that will be working your wedding to the count. If you have a band, photographer, videographer, DJ, wedding planner or other people who will be working the day of your wedding, you want to make sure you have these people covered. Per their contract, most of them will require a meal.
8. PACK AN EMERGENCY KIT
Realistically, your day of assistant should have this on hand, but I would go ahead and have my own anyway. Pack bobby pins, boob-tape, safety pins, bandaids, scissors, hair spray, tissues and EVERYTHING possible you may need to make sure all is well.
9. ALTERATIONS & FITTINGS
All eyes will be on you on your wedding day. Your wedding dress is one of the main attractions so you want it to look its best and feel comfortable! Most people don’t realize that the dress may have to go through multiple alterations before getting a perfect fit. Plan accordingly in regards to the time and money needed for these alterations. It usually takes about 2 or 3 fittings before the dress is just right. Find a seamstress you really trust. If you plan on losing a few lb’s before the big day, keep timing in mind.
10. INSURANCE & DOCUMENTS
If you are traveling don’t forget about travel insurance or any other type of insurance you might want to get. Also, get copies of everything and bring all the documents you may need. An extra step would be to email documents to yourself in case something comes up. Planning is key.
Don’t get too caught up in all of the minor details the day of your wedding. At the end of the day, there is only so much you can do to make it as perfect as you’ve dreamed of it being. Do all you can beforehand so that when the day comes, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your time. As long as you are surrounded by the people you love and you did your best to plan things out, everything will be OKAY – promise!