Details, Details,..but don't forget to experience your wedding day!
You will hear "it goes by so fast" about a million times while you are planning your wedding; and that's because it's true! We can plan every detail out but we unfortunately cannot stop the clock or rewind the seconds that you missed like your grandma out on the dance floor! Check out our tips on being in the moment on your wedding day:
- A Detailed Timeline is Key
Work with your wedding planner on a timeline that captures the flow of your day, allowing for some buffer time in between as you don't want to feel like a slave to your timeline. Typically we prefer to check with the photographer first to see if there is a particular flow that works best for them based on the package you have booked. If your coverage is less than 8 hours we want to make the most of that time. Then we send a draft timeline to your caterer and DJ for their input/suggestions. We continuously update your timeline to keep all of your vendors & wedding party on the same page along the way.
- Plan meaningful details
Incorporate memories and details that are authentic to you as a couple and don't hold back. If the bouquet and garter toss aren't really your thing, then scratch it! Tell your love story in a unique way, incorporate memories and choose details that are authentic to you as a couple and don't hold back. Guests are coming to your wedding to celebrate you, and they will appreciate all of the personal touches and quirks to the day.
- Regardless of how hands-on you want to be during your planning process, you should always have an exit strategy (not kidding.)
What the heck is a exit strategy you ask? Well it is the plan that allows you to systematically transfer all of the details and plans that have been in your mind and we walk through those details so that we can later execute them for you. We plan mock table settings and use photos/sketches to plan a detailed layout, decor set-up, and breakdown plan so that you can rest assured everything will be just right.
- Label each box of wedding items or any belongings you are bringing to the venue
For the brides who have been collecting mason jars, dishes or other decor items be sure to have a detailed packing list or provide the items to our planner ahead of the wedding as well as write a short description on a piece of paper and tape to the box, listing the items and where they should go. This helps you when packing and organizing before heading to the venue and it will also help with re-packing all of these items after your wedding. It is also good to establish what you would like to do with leftover items at the end of the night (extra programs, favors, floral arrangements etc.)
- Rental Items, decor & personal items
Make sure to clearly communicate with vendors on any items that need to be returned or when they will be picked up from the venue. If you would like to have your wedding planner return items, it should be determined when these items are due back just in case. Have a clear plan & outline with your wedding planner: who is responsible for removing garbage, clearing tables, picking up linens, putting tables and chairs back, cleaning the venue and when all cleanup needs to be done so that you do not risk your deposit with your venue.
- Hire a wedding planner!
Couldn't resist, but seriously hire a professional who will handle all of this stuff for you so that you can enjoy this amazing day.
Congrats on your engagement and we hope you are loving every minute!