Are any of these items missing from your wedding planning checklist? (part 3)
Wedding planning advice from some of the top wedding planners across the U.S.A.
When it comes to your wedding planning checklist, unless you’re a professional wedding planner it’s almost impossible not to overlook something. We asked some of the top wedding planners across the U.S.A. for advice on items that are often missed by couples planning their wedding.
“One thing that always gets overlooked is just how early hair and makeup need to start. Because everyone is so excited on the wedding day, hair and make-up always tend to run behind and you need to start about 30-60 minutes earlier than you would think. This way everything stays on time, and nobody is stressed because things are getting behind. The other thing that seems to always get overlooked are pens for the guestbook!”
“Let the little things go and enjoy every little nanosecond of this amazing day! An incorrect napkin fold or a chef forgetting to bring breadsticks will not matter in five years from now….dancing with Grandma and spinning with your nieces will!”
“Remember to EAT! You do not want the highlight of your wedding day to be you fainted at the altar. It is important to add to your day of timeline at least 1 hour for yourself where you can grab a bite to eat and have some downtime to reflect on the day ahead.”
“The cutting of the cake. Once the bride and groom do their pictures with the cake and have their toasts, if the caterer did not provide the Wedding Cake there is often no one there to cut it and have it available for guests. No one wants to ask a family member or guest to do this so it is often worth the extra fee to pay your caterer to provide this service for you.”
“Well, when you hire a planner all of the details are there 🙂 Really, going through the checklists I have made for myself for the business have really allowed all of the details to be well thought out and not overlooked. A lot of couples tell me all the time there are so many things they did not think of until I asked.”
“I’m going to be honest and tell you that this question is hard for me as a planner. It’s our JOB to make sure nothing gets overlooked, so I can’t honestly tell you of a particular item or thing that often gets overlooked because it’s just in my nature to check for those things. However, in thinking about this from the perspective of a couple that has not hired a planner, I would say the timeline or agenda for the wedding day. I often hear stories from those who have attended a wedding that did not have a planner, and they talk about how things did not flow smoothly, how events got missed or didn’t happen because the couple ran out of time, or how things took way too long on wedding day, such as the formal photos taken with family after the wedding ceremony.
Couples should make sure and speak with each of their vendors before the wedding day to figure out the flow of the day and get accurate estimates for how long things take so they can successfully put together an accurate timeline for the day. A good timeline guides the day and helps everything flow naturally without any overlong waiting by you or your guests, or running out of time for the things you wanted on your wedding day. This takes a lot of effort to coordinate each of the vendors in getting their input and approval once this is pulled together, but it’s completely worth it!”