Ah, weddings. The big day that you’ve always dreamt of, and probably something that has given you numerous sleepless nights ever since the engagement. Everybody wants their wedding to be absolutely perfect but more often than not, the chaos and stress in pursuing that perfection is likely to overwhelm you.
Planning everything and ticking off small boxes earlier could go a long way in mitigating last minute chaos. Get your cruise tickets up and ready; set up the bachelorette parties and the dresses in order; Rehearsal dinners and honeymoon itineraries in check. With a serious case of “wedding brain”, you’re barely capable of handling just the big things.
However, even the best organizers usually miss out on a few details during their wedding planning. In my wedding, I forgot to include myself and my husband in the final headcount. The maître d’ had to remind me of that, amidst gaggles of laughter. So in this article, we’ll focus on 8 easily forgotten things to do during a wedding and how to take care of them, so that your wedding goes through without a hitch and stays memorable throughout your life.
1. Don’t forget the license
A marriage license is one of the most important things you need if you want to make things official. Look up on your jurisdiction laws beforehand and see what documents are needed and if they require any blood work. Getting the paperwork ready for the license at least a few weeks before the wedding is highly recommended.
2. Passport and IDs
The thing about honeymoon flights is that they require you to show your passport/id. Last thing you want is to miss that flight to the Caribbean because you forgot to carry your passport in your bridal dress. Pack up your ids into the luggage a few days before and keep your passport in your carry on luggage. Make sure they’re not expired!
3. Feed Your vendors
There are a lot of people working overtime to make your day perfect. Be sure not to forget them and that they’re well fed. They don’t have to be counted among the guest list for food but your caterers would usually offer simple meals at half the price for the vendors. This is most important for the photographer who will be there all day on their feet rushing round.
4. Wedding Favours
One of the most often forgotten things during wedding planning. Wedding favours often get lost in the planning rush just because they’re incidental to the day rather than functional. The world won’t end if you forget wedding favours, while in contrast it would be an absolute disaster if no-one booked a band. Wedding favours don’t have to be anything special though, even just some wedding stubby holders would do the job in a pinch.
It’s no fun running around, asking people to borrow their power bank, so you could take a selfie with your bridesmaids. Nor is it very wise to have a special song on your iPod playlist for the wedding dance only to see it die halfway through. Get your electronics in order and carry around chargers/power banks, so they’re always prepared to go.
6. Pens and guest books
Most brides leave this to last minute and run to the stationary next door but having a small book where your guests can leave wishes and messages is something you’re likely to cherish for years to come. So yeah, get a nice coffee table book or picture book. And don’t forget the pens.
7. Cake knives and toasting flutes
While you may be given knife and flutes in your bridal shower, if you have anything that’s been passed down by family members, or something you cherish, it would be prudent to set them aside; maybe even give it to a friend of yours for safekeeping.
8. Thank you notes
This may not seem all that important but your guests will appreciate it lot if you were to send them a thank note, after the wedding festivities are over. Just spend 5-10 mins a day in writing a personalized note and send them no later than 2 months after your wedding. A lot of these people have been with you since beginning and partook in your joy. Getting a note from you would make them very happy. Even royalty send out thank you notes, so you should definitely find the time.
9. Online Reviews
Your caterers, photographers, wedding planners and almost everybody else who work on your wedding depend on good reviews to build their reputation and grow their business. So don’t forget to leave comprehensive, online reviews as a way of thanking them for the great job they carried out.
That’s it from us, for now. How did your wedding go? Did you ever forget anything during your special day? Tell us your stories in the comments below.