There are so many details that go into planning a wedding – that’s why it takes an average of 12-18 months to plan one! Below are a few do’s and don’ts to think about when planning your upcoming nuptials so that your dream day goes off without a hitch!
- DON’T: Rush Down the Aisle
The “big moment” of your wedding is when you walk down the aisle. The music changes, your loved ones stand, and all eyes are on you. With all the anticipation and excitement, it can be easy to rush down the aisle, but remember this is YOUR moment. Take your time here for your photographer/videographer to capture the feeling, soak in that your nearest and dearest are here for you, and most importantly, that the love of your life is waiting for your beautiful self at the end of the aisle!
- DO: Confirm Vendor Gratuities
You’re familiar with tipping at a restaurant or the nail salon, but you may not have known that you are supposed to tip certain vendors too! Be sure to review your vendor contracts (like your caterer) to see if gratuity is already included. Not sure who tip or how much? A wedding planner can help you determine the proper gratuity etiquette so that nothing is missed.
- DON’T: Ask Your Guests to Pay for Their Drinks
Even if it is not in your budget to have an unlimited open bar, your caterer will likely have a few alternative options that don’t require you to ask your guests to pay for their cocktails. If your venue allows, you can buy the alcohol yourself or simply opt for a limited bar with just wine and beer. Be transparent with your caterer on your budget to discuss what options will work best for you.
- DO: Involve Your Pets
One of the cutest details we love is when couples include their pets on their wedding day. Have them walk down the aisle in a flower or bow tie collar. Hosting a destination wedding or can’t bring them to the venue? Name your signature drinks after your furry friends as a sweet ode to them, after all, they are family too!
- DON’T: Make Guests Wait Too Long for Cocktail Hour
While we know you’ll be busy taking photos, don’t forget about your guests! If your ceremony and reception are taking place at the same venue, be sure to have your bar open and appetizers passed as soon as the ceremony concludes. If you have two different locations, cocktail hour should be ready to begin upon arrival of the first guests.
- DO: Enjoy Every Moment
Let’s not forget the ultimate must-do for your wedding day: to take pauses and soak in every minute. Before you walk down the aisle, the first few minutes after the ceremony, your wedding toasts…you’ve been planning this day for months and everything goes by so quickly. Make sure you and your new spouse have time to really take it all in!
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