There are so many details involved in planning a wedding, that it’s easy for a few things to get lost in the shuffle. While for the most part, a missed detail here or there won’t ruin your big day, there are some things that could really throw a wrench into your day! Take a look at these seven things that most people forget to consider when planning a wedding.
- Giving yourself enough time to collect RSVPs
While we want to be courteous and give people ample time to respond, it’s important not to wait until the last minute to collect those replies. First, some people will wait until the last minute, or miss your deadline completely, leaving you with little time for follow-up. Second, your caterer and venue will likely want a guaranteed headcount at least one week in advance. Finally, you will need some time to figure our seating arrangements, and having a firm guest list early will make this less stressful.
- Ceremony programs for guests
Okay, not having a ceremony program at your wedding won’t necessarily ruin your day, but it could leave your guests feeling confused or out of the loop as to what’s going on. For example, many people choose to list their wedding party and how they are related to the bride or groom. Your guests will better understand your relationship to these special people, which is a nice touch. Also, your guests will appreciate the ability to follow along during your ceremony so they know what’s coming next.
- Take into account taxes and gratuity
If you’re already cutting it close with your wedding budget, forgetting that taxes and gratuity are often an added expense could really push you over the edge. Be sure to ask your vendors for the full and final cost, including all taxes and fees, before you sign into a contract with them.
- A plan B for inclement weather
If any part of your wedding will take place outdoors, you need to have a plan B. Rain, wind, heat and any other act of nature could make it impossible to be outside, leaving you high and dry if you don’t have a plan B. Even if your event is indoors, something like a winter storm or hurricane could make it hard for guests to travel in. This is all the more reason to have a solid backup plan so this doesn’t become a big emergency at the last minute.
- Laws and insurance dealing with serving alcohol
If you’re planning a wedding on private property, like on a relative’s farm, you will need to look into insurance and any laws that impact serving alcohol to your guests. Should someone get hurt at your wedding, you could be liable without proper insurance in place. Also, you don’t want to get in trouble with the law should a guest be over-served or underage.
- Communicating details of the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner
Often brides and grooms realize at the last minute that they forgot to communicate the expectations and details of the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner with their wedding party. Include these details along with the invitation you send to them. Let them know when and where they are needed. Also specify if spouses or plus ones are invited to attend.
- Deadlines for paperwork to makes things official!
Finally and most importantly, make sure you know the laws and requirements to make your marriage official with the government. This means a visit to your local courthouse to obtain a marriage certificate, and there are also specific requirements about who can officiate the wedding to make it legal. Your state will also have a deadline for how long you have after your wedding ceremony before you must mail in your signed certificate. Check and double check these details to make sure you follow all the rules!
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