Thursday, June 4, 2009

Your wedding day - top 8 things to remember

The day is almost here. You’ve double, tripled checked everything. You are feeling good that your final count is done and vendors know where they need to be, when and where. So now, you think you can relax and just enjoy the fruit of your labor right? Not so fast. These are just a few things to think about now so you won’t have to worry about them later.

1 – Did you pay everyone?
Make sure that you have written all your final payment checks out a few days before your wedding and give them to your wedding coordinator, or your parents so they can make sure they are handed out the day of your wedding. This is not your job to handle, because at that point, you deserve to have fun.

2 – Who dresses you?
If you are one of my brides that has a ball gown or dress that bustles – make sure that someone knows how to do it. This is the one time - if no other to bring someone to your final fiting to pratice it. Why then, because you won’t want to put on your dress before your wedding and should it get dirty at the final fitting, it will be cleaned and presented to you fresh. There is nothing like having to drag around 4lbs. of material, because your maid of honor doesn’t know how to do it. Hmmm, now that I think of it, you can wear your wedding dress to have your photo's taken and perhaps the first dance, then change into something short and dance worthy if you like.

3 – Food, glorious food.
No matter what you think, you will not sit down and eat. I know you will try, but with you wanting to say ‘hi’ to everyone, taking pictures and of course dancing, you will forget. Have your wedding coordinator, best man or maid of honor feed you hors d’oeuvres and keep your glass full during the cocktail hour. I would also strongly recommend that you ask for a plate of food be put aside for you so you can eat when you get back to your honeymoon suite. Believe me at the end of the night, you will realize just how hungry you are and do you really want to hit McDonalds after spending all that money? I didn’t think so.

4 – Your bridal suite.
If you have a large bridal party, they will all want to crash in your room to change clothes. While it might be fun at the beginning of the day, at the end you will want some time to unwind. There is nothing like going back to your honeymoon suite to have your entire bridal party, partying when all you may want to do is sleep. If you can, get a separate room just for your changing with the girls. This way after your reception it's clean, quiet and you and your honey can truly relax. Of course if you don’t care about that, then disregard.

5 – Packing.
You’ve already packed your suitcase so this isn’t something you have to worry about. Let me say it again...if at all possible at least two weeks before your wedding (earlier if you can), pack what you need for your honeymoon. Leave your suitcase at the ready so this is one thing you won't have to worry about, days before the wedding when you will have other things to do. Believe me, there is nothing like getting to your honeymoon and realizing you forgot something (extra contact lenses, a tooth brush or paste, 1 shoe - I could go on)!! Also, make sure after your wedding that your best man has the grooms tux (if applicable), your maid of honor has your dress (again, if applicable) so all you have to worry about is each other.

6 - Leftover food and flowers.
If you have left over food, or flowers ask if they can be taken to a soup kitchen, instead of leaving it for the staff. They may have done a good job, but I think someone who has less than you, would appreciate it more. You may want to check with your hotel-catering manager when you make arrangements to see if they can do this or if you have to make the arrangements with an outside agency. Hey, it’s a good thing to do and will start your life together with good karma.

7 – Here’s to you!
Those toasting glasses you picked out especially for this day, all the gifts that people may have brought to the wedding, wedding ca-ching…make sure someone you trust (maybe your parents) see that all of it is are safe and taken until you return from your honeymoon.

8 – Remember the moments that matter.
Make sure that you take a moment to step back and look at your family and friends at your reception. They are having a good time and when they say the day goes by in the blink of an eye, they mean it. So have a moment to enjoy it.

Until next time...


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