Every bride you talk to has a regret–some small detail overlooked that resulted in a shadow, large or small, on the big day. While we can’t avoid every pitfall when planning a daylong event for a number of people, careful preparation can help us avoid many. My regret was forgetting to bring sunscreen for guests to use at my midday outdoor wedding. Several guests developed bad sunburns, as was evident in the photographs. Ouch! Read on for my top 10 suggestions for ways to plan ahead and avoid the commonest wedding day perils.
Pack nutritious snacks for the bridal party. In all the excitement, it’s easy to forget to eat and hydrate. Look and feel your best by eating high-protein snacks and drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
- Give your phone to a bridesmaid. Let someone else field last-minute calls and messages, after all–you shouldn’t have to give your cousin directions on your wedding day.
- Have a detailed photo plan and coordinate ahead with guests and family to take key photos as early as possible.
- Stash a small bag for touchups in the bathroom. You’ll be able to reapply without having to carry anything.
- Coordinate a comfort kit for guests as well. No one will need to leave the party for antacids or other essentials. (This is a great time to consider that sunscreen!)
- Have a plan for transitions and assign a lead. This may be a DJ or best man–someone who’s not too shy to round people up and get them going toward the next event.
- Wear your shoes ahead of time, and pick the right shoes for the turf. If you’ll be walking on grass, consider platform heels or flats. If you plan to have a pair to change into, take your hemline into consideration.
- Have a lead vendor for the day. The best choice may be the banquet location, as you’ll want someone who can receive deliveries and make sure everything is arranged as you wish.
- Chair covers are worth the investment–they unify the room and elevate a banquet hall to another level.
- Moderate your alcohol intake. Drink as you would during a dinner with a client or important colleague, and you’ll be sure to avoid the side effects of over-indulging.
While there’s something to be said for spontaneity, your wedding day memories will benefit from some careful planning. Follow these tips, and hopefully you and your guests will have glowing memories of the day.