Things Brides Forget to Plan

  • Weather Accessories
    • handkerchiefs for men in hot weather (to wipe sweat)
    • Shawls or wraps for the ladies in the colder months
    • Cute umbrellas (black always work) for fun rain pictures — or even fun matching rain boots for the ladies (so cute!)
    • extra hairspray and bobby pins for windy days
  • Food for you, food for him
    • It sounds simple, but often times guys and gals will be running late or worried about fitting into clothing and don’t have time / choose to eat.  Or even worse, time for a pre- wedding dinner snack was not budgeted into your event timeline. We always suggest the groomsmen meet for a meal before getting dressed, and the ladies have lunch or refreshments during hair and makeup.  Plan a cooler and/or snack basket for your limo, trolley or party bus after the ceremony with water and snacks if you plan on taking photos / may miss your cocktail hour so your bridal party doesn’t show up starving.
  • Extra time: During hair and makeup, travel time
    • I cannot stress enough how important it is to have extra time in your day.  Plan for an extra hour to hour to an hour and a half depending on the size of your bridal party for hair and makeup completion time.  If you are done on time, you can use the extra time to relax with your bridesmaids and have a snack.
    • Transportation is another category where people often cut it too close.   It is better to arrive 15 minutes early than be 30 minutes late! Of course, please be mindful of your restrictions at the church/ reception site and don’t arrive obscenely early… but a little extra time to sip champagne in the limo at the church parking lot is better than sweating in your dress stressing about getting past a traffic jam!
  • What happens at the end of the night – your exit plans
    • I always encourage couples to plan their final moments and make an exit before the guests.  This allows the couple to bring the event to a close on a high note. The couple can always make plans to meet up with everyone after the event in a hotel lobby, downtown, etc!  Sparkler exits are very popular and well earned – it’s a very fun way to send the couple off with a BANG (or actually more like a sizzle!) I love the idea of all the guests coming together as a final capstone of the night to say goodbye.  Other options could be bubbles, or a classic car exit. All these options signal to the guests the event has ended and the couple has departed.

What I don’t suggest is the Bride and Groom lingering as the lights come up and the reception staff is cleaning up around them.  It’s hard for the couple to make an exit if they haven’t already and often times are the last ones there as they feel obligated to say a goodbye to each guest.  After a long day or night, this makes it even longer. AND it is anticlimactic. You can always meet up with guests at an after party!

 

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Raquel Shutt

Raquel Shutt is the owner of Wedding Savvy Inc., a premier full-service wedding planning company located in Annapolis. For more than 10 years, Wedding Savvy has been featured in many regional publications such as The Knot Magazine, The Washingtonian, and The Capital, as well as featured on We TV’s “platinum Weddings.”

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