THE LITTLE THINGS
Planning your wedding can at times seem like a mammoth task, with a never-ending list of things to organise and tick off your “to do” list. But once you’ve got the building blocks in place (a venue booked, a style sorted and a wedding dress in the works), you can start thinking about all those little details that often get overlooked.
So to ensure you’re on top of everything, we’ve put together a list of 8 things to not overlook when planning your wedding.
One of the biggest mistakes couples often make is thinking the scheduling will figure itself out and their special day will run smoothly with little planning on their part. But the truth is, a wedding day needs to be planned down to the very last detail, including enough time for a first look session, portraits, getting to and from venues and mingling with guests during the cocktail hour.
It’s essential that you create a detailed schedule and that this is distributed to your vendors so they know where to be and when. Inevitably, things run late, so always add in some buffer time just in case.
2. PERSONALISED TOUCHES
Maybe you’ve been inspired by friends’ weddings or those of complete strangers on Instagram. But at the end of the day, your wedding is all about you, so you should make it as personalised as possible.
Perhaps you want to create a signature cocktail infused with some of your favourite flavors or maybe you designate a space where guests can recount your relationship through photos and special mementos.
Don’t overlook the importance of creating touches that are distinct to you and your future spouse, and that will set your wedding apart from the rest.
3. ‘GETTING READY’ OUTFITS
If you’ve booked a photographer to capture all your getting ready action, consider buying gorgeous dressing robes for you and your bridesmaids to wear. It’s these candid, sentimental moments that you’ll look back on fondly…and they’ll look so much better if you’re wearing cute dressing robes than if you’re in mismatched sweatpants and tees.
Dressing gowns are also ideal because they can easily be slipped off when it’s time to get changed, without messing up your hair or makeup.
4. PROXIMITY BETWEEN LOCATIONS
It’s easy to overlook the fact that the distance between the bride and groom’s getting ready locations can have a big impact on your vendors. If you’re getting ready at a hotel and your fiance in the family home, your florist is going to have to travel further to deliver the flowers and your photographer is going to have to sacrifice some of your getting ready moments to ensure they can capture your partners.
If possible, consider getting ready at the same location, albeit in different rooms and far enough away that you won’t accidentally catch a glimpse before your first look session or ceremony.
5. DIRECTIONS AND SIGNAGE
At small wedding venues, it might be obvious to guests where the ceremony is being held and where they can grab drinks during cocktail hour. But if you’re getting married at a sprawling vineyard or ranch, then a little signage can go a long way to ensure your guests don’t get lost.
Make sure you provide directions for how to access your wedding venue and create some playful signs indicating where the toilets are or how to reach the ceremony site from the parking lot.
6. INVEST IN ADEQUATE LIGHTING
While you might be looking for that low-lit romance, if you skimp too much on the lighting, your guests will struggle to see and your photographer will have to use every trick in the book to capture beautiful shots. The right lighting can help to create a sense of intimacy and highlight certain features while transforming a space into something really special.
Consider investing in up-lighting if you’re planning a ballroom reception or hang string lights around outdoor spaces for that extra sparkle. Getting married in a dimly-lit church? Check if any additional lighting is permitted to give the ambience a little boost.
7. DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE KIDS
WIf you’re inviting kids to your wedding, have a game plan in place to ensure they don’t disrupt the ceremony proceedings and that they’re entertained during the reception. Something as simple as having colouring-in books will keep them busy as you exchange vows while a few toys and board games in a designated area of the reception space will guarantee you’re in the good books with parents.
8. POWDER ROOM BASKETS
If you’re going all out on decorations, then a powder room basket is a simple addition that can make a big difference to your guests. Consider stocking it with essentials like deodorant, mints and sanitary supplies (for women), as well as extra bobby pins and insect repellent or sunscreen if you’re getting married outdoors. It shows that you’re thinking about the well being of your guests and have remembered all those little extras that they might have forgotten.
“An amazing experience – thank you Kraig, Chris and the team!
You definitely created the experience we wanted and made everything so easy from set up, picking the layout to tunes. Nothing was too difficult. On the day the dance floor was always packed – we (and all of the wedding party) had an amazing time – I think the pictures prove!
Thank you for being part of our special day!”