Did you know that there were over 2 million marriages in the United States in 2018 alone? Every day, brides all over the world are planning what they hope to be a perfect wedding.
And because so much goes into the wedding planning process, it can be easy to become disorganized and leave an item or two off your list.
If you’re looking for some wedding planning help and wedding ideas, we’ve got you covered! Listed below are 5 of the most commonly forgotten details of wedding planning.
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1. Budget for Gratuities
Yes, wedding planning is hard work, but your vendors have a lot of work ahead of them as well! From the caterer to the photographer to the officiant, everyone is going to do their best to give you the wedding of your dreams.
Because of this, it’s important that you include gratuities (tips) into your budget. Gratuities aren’t required, but it’s a very kind and highly appreciated gesture to give your vendors a tip on top of their final bill.
2. Transportation for the Bridal Party
If your ceremony and reception are in separate locations, it’s a good idea to arrange transportation for your bridal party.
They’re at your wedding to celebrate you and your partner and have (hopefully) helped you throughout the planning process. Why not thank them by hiring a party bus driver to bring them to the reception in style?
3. Ask About Your Guests’ Dietary Restrictions
The food you serve to your guests can make or break your reception. One of the best wedding planning tips we can give is to put food high on your priority list because full guests are happy guests.
Don’t serve your guests just anything, be sure to include a dietary restriction question on your save the date or invitation. The last thing you want to do is have a guest who wasn’t able to eat anything at your reception because there were no vegetarian or allergen-free options.
4. Have a Backup Plan for Inclement Weather
For many brides, a perfect wedding includes at least one outdoor element. And while these can provide some of the most gorgeous pictures, you should always have a contingency plan for bad weather.
Whether it be a tent or building on the property, or a new location entirely, don’t allow yourself to be caught off guard if there happens to be less than favorable weather on your wedding day.
5. Be Aware of the Golden Hour
Now, your photographer should help you plan your photo session with the golden hour in mind, but you should be aware just in case. You don’t want to plan your first dance during this window, for instance, as you’ll miss out on some truly magical photos.
The golden hour is the time of day right before sunset when the light is softer and the color is perfect for photos. Consult with your photographer when you’re planning your day-of itinerary to be sure you don’t double book yourself.
Host a Perfect Wedding with These Tips
Wedding planning can become extremely stressful, as every bride wants a perfect wedding. But do your best to stay mindful of the fact that you’re going to look back on your wedding and remember the time spent with the ones you love most.
You’re going to cherish your wedding day as the start of your new life with your partner! Keep a positive attitude, stay organized, and use these tips to make the planning process as stress-free as possible.
For more tips on planning weddings and other gatherings, take a look at our blog!