8 Things Brides Often Forget to Do Before Their Wedding

8 Things Brides Often Forget to Do Before Their Wedding

January 24 | 2019

If you’re in the midst of wedding planning, you’re probably well aware of how stressful it can be. With so many things to work out to make your big day go right, it can be easy to forget the minor details. Wouldn’t it be handy if there was a list of things to do before your wedding to help put your mind at ease? Well, you’re in luck! We’ve got you covered.

1. Bring a Marriage License

A wedding ceremony will cement your status as a married couple in the public’s view, but nothing is official until you have a marriage license. In the months prior to your wedding, check and see about any deadlines or rules you must follow in order to apply for a marriage license, and also if there’s any special documentation needed to complete the process. In some states you can simply walk in and get a license, in others you have to make an appointment. Just be sure you’re abiding by the jurisdiction of the state your ceremony will be held.

2. Have a Plan for Bad Weather

Did you manage to nab a great deal on your venue? Well, it’s possible that you booked it many months in advance; before you knew what the weather would be like. Unfortunately, the weather can be unpredictable, and as much as we all want flowers and sunshine, it doesn’t always happen. The best way to circumvent this is to look at how the weather has been historically during the month of your wedding. Get an idea of how hot or cold it might be, as well as the potential for precipitation, then make arrangements accordingly.

3. Create a Do and Do Not Play List

I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure no one wants ‘Cotton Eye Joe’ to play during their wedding reception. While you might not want to go through the process of creating a playlist that’ll last a few hours, it’s definitely worth the effort to create a list of songs you don’t want to hear, as well as songs you absolutely want to hear. This will help make sure your reception goes smoothly and that you can keep your guests on the dancefloor.

4. Have a Budget for Gratuity

Keeping track of every wedding expense can be difficult, especially when some costs aren’t made apparent from the start. Gratuity is one such example, and is often overlooked. It’s typical that you’d include an 18-22 percent gratuity on top of the bill. Be sure to factor this into your initial wedding budget. Need a little help? Look to your wedding planner for guidance about how much various services cost, and track your finances with a mobile app to keep every cost in plainview. This way, you won’t have any unpleasant surprises on your big day.

5. Give Caterers a Final Head Count

Wedding professionals will be working hard the entire day to make sure your day is what you always dreamed it would be, but no one can run on an empty stomach. Make sure you include them—as well as yourself and the groom—on the final head count to your caterers. You’ll be expected to provide this number to your caterer within 2 weeks of your wedding day.

6. Have a Designated Day-Of Point of Contact

Many brides assume that they’ll be able to take phone calls with guests or vendors on their wedding day, but in reality, that couldn’t be further from the truth. On the day-of, there will be so many things to prepare. There’s no need to overdo it by adding an additional responsibility to the list. Instead, ask a close friend or family member to handle communication on your behalf. It’s true that your input might be needed to make a final say on something, but letting someone else take the call will help you focus on getting ready.

7. Speak with Your Photographer

Whether you decided to hire a photographer based on their remarkable work, or simply the price, you probably have at least a few must-have photos you want to be taken during your wedding. By giving them a list of times, poses, or people you want to be included in your photo album, you can relax and enjoy your night knowing your photographer will capture every moment.

8. Block off Some Pre-Wedding Alone Time

On your wedding day, all eyes will be on you and your future spouse. While it’s nice to enjoy your moment in the limelight, it’s also okay to feel that all the attention is a little too much at times. So, schedule some time where you can be alone. Even if it’s 20 minutes on your wedding day where you just need to recollect yourself, a simple break can make a huge difference in processing the moment and rising to the occasion. If your wedding preparations have started early and you have a few days to kill, give yourself a day off to read a book, go for a long walk, or do whatever is good for your sanity. When you get back to the hustle and bustle that is wedding prep, you’ll be surprised at how rejuvenated you feel, and ready to become the perfect bride that you are!

Still looking for a wedding venue? Look no further! Contact Isabel Reichel at ireichel@wildernessridgegolf.com or call 402.434.5121.


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