You’ve been planning this day all year. You have a super organised folder full of info, invoices and contacts. You have an exact vision in your head for how you want the day to look and play out. You plan on delegating little jobs to people you trust. You pretty much have it all sorted but you keep thinking you may be overlooking something and it stresses you out a little. Well, I am here to give you a few insider tips to add to your ‘super organised’ folder.
Ceremony music – arrange your songs in a playlist, clearly labelled, unless you have a wonderful celebrant that takes care of bringing along your music as well as playing it.
Make sure you have enough music to play for the half hour or so before you arrive, as guests are mingling. It’s also nice to have music playing after your ceremony as most people will hang about for a while to congratulate you and take photos.
If your budget allows it, opt for Live – a solo musician or a classic String Trio really sets the tone.
Put together a run sheet for the day. It’s nice to have a little document that outlines everything that will happen from first thing in the morning until you and your new Husband bounce out of your reception (or stumble, depending how your night went).
It doesn’t need to be as detailed as a Wedding Planner’s Run Sheet (my run sheets are the bomb, so detailed that they even have toilet breaks scheduled. Jokes, they don’t, but feel free to add them to yours) just a list of what is happening at what time and who is responsible. Send it over to your photographer and your Groom (so there will be none of that ‘oh, I don’t know what is happening,
I just had to show up *chuckles with friends). If you are getting married at a venue they will have their own Run Sheet for your reception, so feel free to add their schedule to yours. Check out our Day of Coordination packages here.
One for the Groom, Buttonhole gets pinned to the left side of the jacket. It might be an idea to arrange for someone to assist the guys with pinning their buttonholes (we love them dearly but I have seen many a groomsmen trying to pin each other’s buttonholes with little to no success).
Make sure your Celebrant doesn’t invite people to come up and congratulate you directly following your Ceremony. A recessional walk is so much fun and I have seen so many wonderful photos of this moment. Grab the hand of your new Husband or Wife and take that proud walk together (resist the urge to give your Aunty an elbow as she tries to kiss you when you walk by her).
If you are having a friend MC your reception be sure to give him a really good brief (this is where the benefit of a run sheet comes in) and make sure you choose someone who doesn’t fancy doing shots at the bar with the groomsmen. A sober MC is defs the way to go 😉
Give your DJ a ‘Do Not Play’ list. Put anything that comes with a choreographed group dance on it.
Have a small bag with you for the day. Fill it with the essentials, lipstick and gloss, compact mirror and powder, Panadol, water, gum and deodorant.
Take a couple of Hydro-lite’s the morning of your wedding. They work a treat.
Make sure someone at the wedding knows how to bustle your dress. Usually you attend the final fitting alone and that’s when they show you how it’s done. I have bustled many a dress after painfully watching the bride’s semi-drunk friends fumbling about with the button and loop. It is fiddly and you usually can’t do it yourself.
If your venue has the space, have your MC invite your guests to stand and gather closely around your dancefloor as you guys do your first dance. It’s lovely and intimate as well as the perfect way to ensure that everyone joins you for a dance directly following your bridal waltz.
So there you have it, a few little tips to help you on your day. If nothing else, a lot of love and hard work goes into each and every wedding day. Be prepared and organised and everything will go perfectly to plan. If it doesn’t, then it will most likely be out of your control so don’t sweat it