Chances are, you’ve never planned a wedding before. Yet, this will likely be one of the biggest, most important and most expensive events that you will ever plan. So if you’re feeling a bit uneasy about having forgotten something in the wedding planning process, that is completely understandable.
When I was planning my own wedding, I found that there were very few checklists or tools available that were tailored to a wedding on a reasonable budget, in Australia. And with that, and after lots of research, I created my own checklists, which I have popped in to editable, downloadable, free templates here. I have outlined below the five most common things that I hear as being forgotten in the wedding planning process.
Update your insurance
You’ve got a new ring which is sentimental, and also valuable. When you get engaged or married, it’s a good idea to contact your home insurance company to make sure that it’s covered both at home and away from the house. It’s very easy to forget this amongst all of the wedding excitement!
At the end of the night
It’s 11pm, you’re married, your friends and family are merrily cheering you on as you are farewelled to your carefully selected wedding song. Everyone heads on home, or kicks on to the next venue, but what happens to the leftover cake, your cards and gifts, your bouquet, the leftover bonbonnieres or your nameplates as a keepsake? Chances are you don’t want to be popping back in to the venue the day after (hopefully you’re sleeping in or jetting off somewhere nice), so make sure you ask someone to collect these items at the end of the night. Be specific to the reception venue about what you want kept, and give a list to a friend or family member of what you want saved.
Keep your MC in the loop
If you’ve chosen a friend or family member to undertake the role of MC, it’s possible that they are feeling a little nervous about doing a great job. Take the time to keep them in the loop about your reception vision, plans for speeches, preferred timing and vibe. I would also recommend that you tell them the key people for each of the formalities so that they can make sure that they’re present – you don’t want your Mum in the bathroom during the speeches, or Grandma off chatting and missing the cake!
Set aside time to confirm everything
Be prepared for the week of your wedding to be lots of life admin! There’ll be lots of back-and-forth between vendors confirming times, contact persons on the day, arrival times and all of the logistics.
Plan to eat
When your adrenaline is pumping and you’re feeling excited, it’s very easy to forget to eat. I would recommend planning a breakfast, a few platters of nibbles whilst you’re getting ready, and some time before the reception to eat. The last thing you want is to be light headed, or dare I say, hangry.
Finally, find vendors that you wholeheartedly trust. Having knowledge that they’re absolute professionals and have your dream wedding at heart, will allow you to relax and enjoy your special day. As a Marriage Celebrant, I pride myself on this xx