Before you read this blog, understand that we truly believe there are some amazing wedding planners and 'day-of co-ordinators' and that they truly add great value to your wedding day. However, if you want to plan your wedding day, there are some definite details you want to consider.
It can be a lot of fun to plan your wedding, anything from portions of the day to the entire event. just parts and pieces. There are some potential snags that every bride and groom should be aware of to prevent any problems from developing.
We have been to many weddings, from small intimate gatherings to large scale elaborate affair, and with the proper planning, you will eliminate many of the pitfalls that some couples fall into.
Here are 10 things you need to know to DIY your wedding:
- Ensure you have all the necessary details to fulfill the marriage license requirements of your locale. You don’t want to be running around the week before your wedding finding missing paperwork.
- Plan to have anything you need to create completed at least a month before the wedding. That's when all the chaos will hit and you won't be able to fit in all the time-sucking crafting projects.
- Don't plan to do anything yourself on your wedding day. You'll be busy getting hair and make-up done, getting your dress on, and thinking about all the details of your upcoming day. Make sure you've assigned everything to your friends and family (or hired staff) who are assisting you. Always confirm it a week before the wedding and again the day before the wedding so everyone knows what they are doing.
- Have a ‘vocal’ friend assigned to handle the timeline on your wedding day. You will need someone to ensure you are getting into your dress on time and sending each of the bridal party down the aisle on their cue.
- Don't take on the responsibility of picking up out-of-town guests at the airport. You'll end up spending the days before your wedding being a taxi, right about the same time all the last minute details are piling on.
- Write out your wedding schedule and confirm it with your vendors a month before your wedding so you have plenty of time to iron out the bugs before the big day.
- Confirm your transportation arrangements for the wedding day…remember you can’t drive yourself in your wedding dress. If a friend is driving, make sure it's someone incredibly reliable and you have confirmed all times and locations with them a week before hand.
- If you're doing your own centerpieces, finish them as far ahead as possible. Flowers can be done up to two days ahead if they're fresh and kept in a refrigerated environment. You don't need to pull an all-nighter making bouquets the night before your wedding.
- Order lunch to be delivered for your bridal party in advance — you won't think about it on your wedding day because you'll likely be too nervous to be hungry. But bridesmaids get grumpy (and intoxicated) if you forget to provide food for them when you're together all day getting ready. Be sure to pack lots of snacks and water to have with you through out the day, weddings are all day events and you will get tired and hungry.
- Make sure you have a cleanup/teardown crew pre-assigned to handle whatever your venue requires. You'll also need help taking the gifts home — possibly the space of several cars. Don't wait until the last minute to deal with this or the bride and groom may end up spending their wedding night dealing with trash rather than romance.