For all the guests at your wedding, it’s going to be a fun, relaxing time to celebrate the bride and groom’s big day and mingle with friends and family.
For the bride and groom the wedding day is much more complicated than that, in fact it can be downright hectic. As months turn into weeks, weeks into days and then the final hours leading up to the scheduled ceremony, there is a lot of things that need to happen.
Truth is, your special day is also a stressful day, but perhaps that’s due to brides not making a list of things to check off. Fear not- we have compiled a wedding day details list to ease the tension and worries of “am I forgetting something?”
1. Party Favors- Not always a necessity anymore, if you’ve ordered the party favors and plan to put them at the tables or a separate designated table, this tops our list of things most commonly forgotten on the wedding day. Custom Favor Tags are a great way to match your stationary suite, so don’t forget to ask Lindsay about custom Favor tags when ordering your stationaries for your wedding.
2. Table Numbers– Don’t leave your guests confused as to where there table is. Once you order the table numbers put them in a bag or container with other stationery products you need for your wedding day, so you don’t forget.
3. Pack your bag- If you’re immediately going on your honeymoon, or if you’re staying at a hotel or bed & breakfast on your wedding night, don’t leave this till the last minute. Remember things like shoes, toiletries and lingerie.
4. Wedding Menus– You took a lot of time designing your wedding menus and selecting the courses for you and your guests, so forgetting them would be disappointing. On your wedding day, the menus are probably not at the top of the priority list, so plan ahead and put them in a to-go container.
5. Place Cards/Escort Cards– A very important part of your wedding that keeps things organized with all the commotion. When guests arrive at the reception, the first thing many of them do is look for the place cards table to find out where they are sitting and put their stuff down. Again, place your stationeries in a container well before the wedding day, so you have one container or bag to bring.
6. Passport- If you’re going out of the country for your honeymoon, you won’t be going anywhere without your passport. Airport officials won’t have any sympathy for you because it’s your wedding day, so make sure you pack this, and remember where it’s packed.
7. Speech! Speech! Speech!- If you are planning on making a speech to your guests, write it ahead of time and rehearse it at least once outloud.
8. Table Centerpieces- Most weddings have some sort of centerpiece at each guest tables. If it’s something bought, like flowers, be sure they are in water before the wedding day. If it is something crafty that you need to put together, give yourself enough time to do this, without interfering with your other obligations, it may end up taking longer than you first thought.
9. Directions & Signage- If you’re having an outdoor wedding or a venue that can be easily missed, make sure you have signs ready that indicates where your wedding is. This can easily be overlooked and forgotten. Create the signs ahead of time and find a place where it’s going to be placed.
10. Guest Book- Also not necessary, but if you are planning on having a guest book at your wedding, don’t wait till the last minute to get it prepared. The guest book is usually more than a composition folder and a pen. Have fun with the design, add a picture of the couple or match the style of the wedding decor to the cover of the book.
11. The marriage license- Check with your officiant before the wedding to make sure the marriage certificate is at the right place on the wedding day. The marriage license is a crucial document for the big day, it makes your celebration and ceremony official, so remember to have this when it’s time to sign it.
12. Confirm Your Vendors- Write a list of all of your vendors, like the limo service, catering, tent company, cake chef and more. A few days before the wedding, give each of them a call to make sure they are on your schedule and there are no surprises from any of your vendors.
13. Wedding Programs– These useful information programs, keep the guests in the loop of the order of events. Wedding’s can be confusing and many people want to know for example when the bride and groom are going to cut the cake. A guest may be engaged in a conversation and not hear the DJ’s announcements. It’s a great idea to create wedding programs for your guests and it’s an even better idea not to forget them at home.
If you check all of these items off your list, you can rest easy the night before the wedding and know you’re on top of things. As you go through this list, things will probably start to feel less overwhelming and you’ll feel more confidant your day will run smooth. It helps to delegate tasks so everything isn’t on the bride’s shoulders. Use your wedding party and parents to help you and enjoy the day you’ve worked so hard to plan.