A Complex Event
Okay, there are way more than five things you want to think about when it comes to a wedding. Here we’ll cover some of the most important preparatory aspects you’ll want to account for. These five things should definitely be confirmed before the big day itself; and, as with the flowers, even during the day of the event.
1. Make Sure the Flowers are There and Watered
One wedding day to-do list item that is often forgotten involves the floral arrangements that will be at the venue and reception. First, they need to be properly color-coordinated. Second, they need to be delivered on time. Third, they need to retain their bloom.
Sometimes you have to get certain flowers early, and that means watering them for a few days. In other scenarios, you’ll have them delivered the day of the event. Know what the situation is.
2. Venues and Officiants Need to be Confirmed
You should have venues, officiants, photographers, and other individuals confirmed well in advance of your actual wedding. Even if you do this, though, you want to check in with key players in the event (like the officiant) a few weeks before the event.
Ideally, you should have a practice ceremony or two leading up to the event, but that doesn’t mean venues or attendees are confirmed. It should, but this is the reality we’re talking about here, not ideal circumstances. So take the effort to confirm everything beforehand for the best results overall.
3. Double-Check Hotel Reservations and Travel Accommodation
Whether you’re the bride, the groom, or the in-laws of either, you want to make sure that the honeymoon is going to go well. Look, that’s often where new married couples have their first fight, so you want to make it easy on them if you can. Double-check travel accommodations like flights, and double-check hotel accommodations.
4. Be Sure the Bride and Groom Have a Ride After the Event
The old trope is a happy bride and groom driving away from the ceremony with cans tied to their car and a little sign that says “just married” in the rear window. But these days, after a wedding, there’s a ceremony; and during the ceremony, there is dancing, there is booze, and intoxication is not far away.
For the safety of the bride and groom, confirm there’s a ride for them after the big day’s festivities have drawn to a close.
5. Double-Check Reservations for Costs and Seating
At the event itself, and the reception, there will likely be a few tables for varying family members. You want to confirm with everybody that they’re coming in advance. Sometimes people cancel, and you don’t want to pay for services you don’t need weddings are expensive enough already.
Being as Prepared as You Can For the Big Day
Something is always going to go “off”, but you can be somewhat prepared if you
double-check reservations, assure the new married couple has a ride after the event, double-check their honeymoon reservations, confirm officiants, confirm venues, and assure floral arrangements will be acquired and managed properly.
At a minimum, these things help you mitigate the event so it goes as intended. You can’t control everything, but at least you can double-check the arrangements you’ve made in advance.