Maybe there are a million different things that every couple should know, but we have put together 5 major tips that you may or may not have considered.
Delegate Your Day of Tasks
It seems so obvious, doesn’t it? But many brides worry that something won’t be done properly or will be forgotten entirely and choose to handle details themselves. This only causes worry, confusion, and lack of focus on the most important factor of your wedding – the wedding itself. You are not a bridezilla by asking for help. At the rehearsal, take a moment to discuss the day of tasks with all people included so they know exactly what has to be done. Choose the most responsible members of your family and friends and trust them to fulfill the tasks at hand.
Hire Professionals Whose Work You Love AND Personality You Both Mesh With
This may seem unimportant because you love this photographer’s work. Who cares what they are like? But a meek photographer faced with a loud family can fail at getting certain shots. A loud, obnoxious DJ who cares more about his own style than yours can railroad your music choices. Look for florists and bakers who care about your vision rather than just placating you by letting you know how many years they have been doing this. Their experience is very important, but so is their consideration of your day. Some of the vendors will be with you 8+ hours on your wedding day. This person needs to be someone that you like as well as whose work you adore.
Understand Your Limitations
Both financially, physically, and in relation to your timetable, understand what you are capable of. If a venue is $20,000 over your ideal budget, do not book with them. Don’t do it. Creating 25 table centerpieces may sound easy and cheaper than going to a florist, but will be expensive and time consuming once all said and done. Include transporting and setting those up and your day just became more stressful. Consider talking to a reasonably priced florist about using a single flower or using a lot of greenery to reduce cost. If your photography contract only allow 8 hours, do not schedule everything to the smallest amount of time and hope that nothing will run late so that your shooter will still be there when the fireworks happen. Timelines change. Hair and makeup or dinner may run late.
Fix Your Hair and Makeup Before Photos
While photoshop is a delightful tool, the expense of paying your photographer extra to remove all flyaways, oily spots, and makeup smudge is very expensive. Instead, after the ceremony, take a brief 2 minute break to have your bridesmaids touch up hair and makeup for you. It will be quick and provide you a refreshing break before all the smiling.
Take 1 Extra Day Before Running Off Into the Sunset
Hawaii or the Caribbean will still be there on Monday. Give yourselves a day to handle your gifts, verify that everything was cleaned up at the venue, and just breathe for one day before celebrating your new Mrs. status on your honeymoon. Leaving on a 5 am flight the morning after your wedding will be an absolute mood killer. You just had the most social, exhausting day of your life. Take a day in a nice hotel near the airport with your new husband. You’ll thank us later.