Brides have their friends’ and family’s weddings as a point of reference. Brides also have websites, books, movies and other sources to help shape what the finished event should be. However, not all the details are divulged in one location. There are particular things every bride should know while planning her wedding.
Things Every Bride Should Know
- Schedule a food tasting date with your caterer. Try everything on your proposed menu to verify your approval. In addition, have your caterer make additional dishes, like appetizers or desserts, that could give them an up-sell if you decide to add them to the menu. They will be more willing to do so this way.
- Honeymoons are for many a trip of a lifetime. Some people are accident prone (like myself). If going on a cruise or booking a vacation package, you may consider medical insurance for your honeymoon vacation. If you have medical insurance, most have out-of-network benefits. BUT, medical insurance offered through your travel agent should be less costly in the long run if someone were to have a health issue.
- Do your manicure the day before the wedding. Why? It takes several hours for nail polish to dry. If you are going with a lighter color, be sure to get multiple coats in thin layers.
- Create a wow factor at the dinner table. Select different tableware styles. Have your plates in style A, salad bowls in pattern B, appetizer plates in pattern C. You get the idea. Do the same for glassware as well with different glassware styles for water glasses, wine glasses and beer glasses. Not only style but different colors too would be defining your theme.
- Many bridesmaids have to pay for their bridesmaids dresses. There’s no reason to give them a dress they will never wear again. Get a color swatch of your expected bridesmaids dresses. Then give the swatch to each bridesmaid and tell them that they get to pick the style of dress, but it must match the color of your swatch. It would be appropriate for you to designate the length of the dress though to match your wedding style.
- Are you planning a trip out of the country? Will you need a passport as a way of identification? Did you know that if booking a cruise, your passport must be valid for 6 months AFTER your honeymoon? Be sure to check your passports’ expiration dates!
- You have your wedding date. Great! Now, talk to your local florist to get a list of flowers that are in bloom during the same time. You will save LOTS if you buy flowers in bloom the same time as your wedding.
- Think you have the perfect location for your wedding reception? Before booking, where are the bathrooms located? Are there enough toilets (1 per 25 guests)? In bad weather, what is option B? Will the parking lot hold number of guests expected? Is there an official closing time?
- Want to keep your wedding bouquet to dry the flowers and frame it after your wedding? Plan a second bride’s bouquet to conduct the bouquet toss. This way, the bouquet toss winner can keep her winning prize and you will have preserved your treasure.
- Buying wedding related products online can be a big time saver. Two tips of advice if buying online. Know their return policy in case it does not meet the specifications or your expectations. Second, always pay via credit card or Paypal. This way your money is protect in case of a disagreement with your purchase.
- Protocol states to send save-the-dates four to six months before your wedding. However, if you are having a destination wedding, send save-the-dates as soon as the details are booked. Wedding guests need extra time to request time off and save money for the trip.
- Your groom and groomsmen must try on their tuxedos at the rental shop. The tip is that during the fitting, they must test fit the tuxedo including shoes and cuff links. Nothing should be too tight or too short and be able to dance comfortably in throughout the night.
- Most wedding guests will bring wedding presents and gift cards to your wedding reception. Place a “gift table” near the entrance into your wedding reception area. The most important thing you may not know is to have a gift table attendant. This person cannot be part of the wedding party. Their main focus is to insure the safety of your gifts. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
- Many brides think to provide out-of-town guests with local wedding maps of wedding locations, hotels and points of interest. However, did you think to add drive times? How much time should guests plan to drive from the airport to the hotel and from the hotel to your wedding venue?
- When creating your gift registry, think of items you need to purchase now or in the future. If you are two households coming together, the best option may be a honeymoon gift registry since you have everything for your home already. If you are a young couple just getting started, consider items needed for your home you need to purchase but get a higher quality that will last longer. Such items may include cookware, cutlery, mattress and furniture. Also, be sure to measure furniture space before purchasing furniture.
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