This summer, I planned my wedding…on my own! It was quite the challenge but it was so rewarding in the end. There are so many things you need to remember and it can get a little stressful if you don’t write out a list of To-Do’s!
Here are just some things you should never forget to consider when planning your wedding day!!
1) YOUR FINAL GOWN FITTING
When you buy your wedding dress, it won’t fit perfectly which is why you should put a little money to the side for alterations.
You will go through a series of fittings with your gown and once your final fitting is scheduled, it’s best to bring your Maid of Honor. When she is there with you, she can see how your bustle clips and know of any other notes from the specialist! This will help your wedding day run smoothly!
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2) HAVE A CREW
Think of a few people that you are close with that can set up the party and tear down when the night is over. They can put out your centerpieces, fairy lights, linens, guestbook, etc. They can also help clean up by gathering all of the decorations, gifts, cards and personal belongings.
You are going to be so tired when it comes to the end of the night so make sure you have some help! 🙂
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3) YOUR HONEYMOON
If you are going straight to your honeymoon destination the day after, don’t forget to pack a few days before!! Get out a piece of paper, write down everything you need to pack and keep that list by your bags so you don’t forget anything!
4) GETTING READY ROBES
When you are getting your hair and makeup done, I always recommend robes for my brides. They are comfy, cute and won’t ruin your glam when you change into your dresses! Etsy has a great selection plus you can get custom ones which are a bonus!
5) CHANGE OF SHOES
Once your ceremony is over and portraits are finished, hop into some flat or sneakers so dancing doesn’t feel like a chore. Being in heels all day can put a damper on your mood when your feet start to hurt.
When planning your wedding, don’t forget to set money aside for vendor tips. They worked so hard to make your wedding vision come to life! 🙂
7) GUESTS AND MEALS
Before you give your headcount to your caterer, make sure none of your guests have any allergies or dietary restrictions. If that is the case, give your caterer a heads up and see if there is an alternate meal for your guest who has does have restrictions.
Also, don’t forget to feed your vendors: the photographers, videographers, DJs / musicians, planners, etc.
8) DON’T FORGET TO EAT!
It’s so easy to get caught up in saying hello to guests and dancing the night away! Make sure you are eating and drinking plenty of water!
9) DO-NOT-PLAY LIST
It’s good to have a list of songs for the DJ NOT to play at your wedding. If you skip out on this step, chances are you may be in for a surprise.
There are two things you need to keep in mind; how is the bridal party getting to locations and how are we leaving the wedding? You can have the party split up in multiple cars or you can hire a limo, party bus, etc.
When it’s time for you and your husband to leave, make sure you have transportation figured out as well. Are you two driving home? Or are you taking a limo? There are so many ideas out there but make sure you have it all set in stone!
11) BAD WEATHER
If you are having an outdoor wedding, it’s smart to have a Plan B just in case! The weather can be very temperamental (especially here in Indiana) so when scouting out venues, make sure there is an indoor option as well.
Us photographers love golden hour (an hour or so just before the sun sets). If you are wanting gorgeous sunset photos, it’s nice to plan your wedding day around this time. Just search Google your wedding date + when will the sun will set? Your photographer will love you forever.
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