Feeling overwhelmed by the task of planning your wedding? You’re not alone. But we’re here to help by highlighting some of the most important things to not overlook when executing your dream day.
From adequate lighting to powder room essentials, we’ll help you plan a dream day that your guests will remember for years to come.
Take the stress out of planning your wedding by ticking off these often overlooked things that are essential for a smooth-running and memorable celebration.
Planning your wedding can at times seem like a mammoth task, with a never-ending list of things on your “to do” list. But once you’ve got the building blocks in place (a venue booked, a style sorted and a wedding dress in the works), you can start thinking about all those little details that often get overlooked.
So to ensure you’re on top of everything, we’ve put together a list of 8 things to not overlook when planning your wedding.
One of the biggest mistakes couples often make is thinking the scheduling will figure itself out and their special day will run smoothly with little planning on their part.
But the truth is, a wedding day needs to be planned down to the very last detail, including enough time for a first look session, portraits, getting to and from venues and mingling with guests during the cocktail hour.
It’s essential that you create a detailed schedule and that this is distributed to your vendors so they know where to be and when. Inevitably, things run late, so always add in some buffer time just in case. If you’re not sure how to go about this, perhaps partnering with a wedding planner would be a good idea. Bonus: you can check out an example wedding timeline right here.
2. Personalized touches.
Maybe you’ve been inspired by friends’ weddings or those of complete strangers on Instagram. But at the end of the day, your wedding is all about you, so you should make it as personalized as possible.
Perhaps you want to create a signature cocktail infused with some of your favorite flavors or maybe you designate a space where guests can recount your relationship through photos and special mementos.
Don’t overlook the importance of creating touches that are distinct to you and your future spouse, because these little things will set your wedding apart from all the others.
3. Getting ready outfits.
If you’ve booked a photographer to capture all your getting ready action, consider buying gorgeous dressing robes for you and your bridesmaids to wear.
It’s these candid, sentimental moments that you’ll look back on fondly…and they’ll look so much better if you’re wearing cute dressing robes than if you’re in mismatched sweatpants and tees.
Dressing gowns are also ideal because they can easily be slipped off when it’s time to get changed, without messing up your hair or makeup.
4. Proximity between getting ready locations.
It’s easy to overlook the fact that the distance between the bride and groom’s getting ready locations can have a big impact on your vendors.
If you’re getting ready at a hotel and your fiancé is in the family home, your florist is going to have to travel further to deliver the flowers and your photographer is going to have to sacrifice some of your getting ready moments to ensure they can capture your partner as well.
If possible, consider getting ready at the same location, albeit in different rooms and far enough away that you won’t accidentally catch a glimpse before your first look session or ceremony.
5. Directions and signage.
At small wedding venues, it might be obvious to guests where the ceremony is being held and where they can grab drinks during cocktail hour.
But if you’re getting married at a sprawling vineyard or ranch, then a little signage can go a long way to ensure your guests don’t get lost.
Make sure you provide directions for how to access your wedding venue and create some playful signs indicating where the toilets are or how to reach the ceremony site from the parking lot.
6. Invest in adequate lighting.
While you might be looking for that low-lit romance, if you skimp too much on the lighting, your guests will struggle to see and your photographer will have to use every trick in the book to capture beautiful shots.
The right lighting can help to create a sense of intimacy and highlight certain features while transforming a space into something really special.
Consider investing in uplighting if you’re planning a ballroom reception or hang string lights around outdoor spaces for that extra sparkle.
Getting married in a dimly-lit church? Check if any additional lighting is permitted to give the ambiance a little boost.
7. Don’t forget about the kids.
If you’re inviting kids to your wedding, have a game plan in place to ensure they don’t disrupt the ceremony proceedings and that they’re entertained during the reception. Something as simple as having coloring books will keep them busy as you exchange vows while a few toys and board games in a designated area of the reception space will guarantee you’re in the good standing with parents.
8. Powder room baskets.
If you’re going all out on decorations, then a powder room basket is a simple addition that can make a big difference to your guests.
Consider stocking it with essentials like deodorant, mints and sanitary supplies (for women), as well as extra bobby pins and insect repellent or sunscreen if you’re getting married outdoors.
It shows that you’re thinking about the wellbeing of your guests and have remembered all those little extras that they might have forgotten.