Planning your wedding is one of the biggest tasks you’ll ever undertake in your whole life. That’s why so many people pay someone else to take care of it all for them – it’s much easier, and it means there’s someone else to blame if anything goes wrong! As weddings tend to be very expensive, though, paying for a wedding planner is a cost that you could probably do without. That’s why the majority of people go it alone and try to handle everything themselves. This leads to stress, tears, tantrums, and arguments. Worse than that, it can sometimes lead to crucial things being forgotten!
Your brain might be more powerful than a computer, but it’s not as organized as a computer. In fact, it’s more like a free spins casino. It might have all the things that it needs to make a winning line of the kind that would result in a jackpot payout at an online slots website, but not in the correct order! This feeling of your brain whirring like spinning reels is a common one – so well known, in fact, that the ‘Wacky Wedding’ online slots game was created to reflect it. We don’t want you to feel like someone who’s spun and lost at such a game, though. We want you to feel like a jackpot winner – and so we’re here to help you remember the things that you might forget!
We understand that your focus will be on the bigger issues – things like dresses, suits, venues, honeymoons, and speeches. That’s fine – those are the most important issues to sort out! Don’t let any of the five things we’re about to remind you of sneak up and take you by surprise, though – they may seem small, but the costs of getting them wrong can be significant!
Your Own Transportation
In most cases, your guests should be able to get themselves to wherever they need to go. You might want to lay on transport between the wedding venue and the reception venue if it’s across a long distance or it’s hard to find, but even then, they should be resourceful enough to pool together and get a taxi. You and your spouse, however, are another matter. Neither of you is likely to want to drive to the reception venue after the ceremony – and nor should you! Getting photos of the happy couple driving away from the church in a suitable car is all part of the fun or the wedding party – but it’s also very much an essential part of avoiding the indignity of hailing a taxi in your best dress.
Your Seat At The Table
Strangely for a day that should be all about you and the person you love, a lot of the planning that’s done around a wedding is for other people – especially when it comes to seating and catering. You might have counted and double-counted the number of guests you expect to need feeding after your wedding multiple times, but have you remembered yourself? The internet is full of worrying tales about wedding catering disasters, and the easiest way to cause one is to leave yourself short by not factoring yourself in. This is an even bigger problem if either you or your spouse has special dietary requirements – so write your names at the top of your list and work from there!
Someone To Group People Together For Photos
Even with the best planning in the world, your wedding photographer won’t know who every member of your family is, and whether they should be in your most important photos or not. They also won’t know who your best friends are or which groups of people should be brought together for snaps of your special day. They might try to do this as best they can, but their efforts generally only extend as far as shouting loudly to announce they’re about to take a picture and hoping for the best. One of your friends is much better suited to this task. Introduce them to the photographer before your wedding day so they know who look out for, and let them handle the difficult ‘herding cats’ business of getting everybody in the right place at the right time.
Brief Your DJ
Even if you’ve hired a wedding band, the band’s setlist won’t last all night. You’ll also need a DJ to fill in the time – especially late in the evening when everybody is up and dancing. You could always avoid this problem by creating your own playlist and then having it run through the whole event, but that’s a little authoritarian. At most weddings, guests can approach the DJ and have their own songs played if they so desire. Just make sure that the DJ knows not to play anything that isn’t in keeping with the tone. There’s always at least one guest who’s a liability and will request something that will either upset the parents or be unsuitable for children. It’s safer to create a ‘do not play’ list and make your DJ aware of it. If you’re unsure, here’s a whole 47 songs that nobody wants to hear at a wedding.
An Emergency Kit
There’s a reason why there’s often an ambulance on standby at large public gatherings. Accidents happen, and they often happen at the worst possible time for them to happen. That’s called “Murphy’s Law.” Guard against it by creating a wedding emergency kit. Your venue might have a few basics, but they can’t be expected to think of everything. Someone – and your best man or main of honor is a good choice for this – should be carrying an emergency kit with plasters, something to get stains out of clothes, tissues, dental floss, a sewing kit, and bandages in case they’re needed. Someone might get a nosebleed. Someone might stand on your dress and rip it. Red wine might get spilled on something that it shouldn’t before you’ve had the chance to get any photos taken. For all of those possibilities, there should be a solution at hand!
These are all tiny little things, but if they’re sorted in advance, there’s less to worry about on the day. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so take a moment to make sure they’re all covered now so you can get back to focusing on the bigger picture.