You probably won't forget any of the big things on the days leading up to your wedding, so the little things can make a huge difference in making you feel in control for one of the biggest occasions of your life. There’s a lot you can do to ensure that every single detail is as flawless as you imagined, and being mindful of what tends to be forgotten is one way to keep everything together! As we host weddings at the winery every weekend, we have seen our fair share of forgetfulness, whether it be physical items, or essential to-dos. Therefore, here is our list of must-remembers for the days leading up to your best day ever!
DON'T FORGET THESE IMPORTANT ITEMS
The following points may all seem obvious, but trust us when we say that these are the items most often left behind on the wedding day. You’ll surely want to have these on hand, so we figure, the more reminders, the better the chance that everything will arrive safely for your wedding.
- Bouquets and flower girl baskets. Too often, floral pieces are forgotten and left behind sitting beautifully in their vases hydrating. Even worse, bouquets can end up in the back seats of cabs, which can be a monster of a problem to get back! Hold tight to your flowers, ladies!
- The all-important rings! Don’t leave your rings in the hotel room! This is probably the most commonly forgotten item, so triple check that you have these (very essential) accessories on your wedding day. Pro Tip: get a practical holder for your rings, so they don’t have to be loose in pockets or bags.
- Groom and Groomsmen ties. We have seen one too many grooms leave their tie behind with no time to go back for it! This is a potential lapse that will be documented in a thousand photos, so do a very thorough outfit check before heading to the venue.
It’s the tiny items like these that can fall through the cracks in the haze of excitement on your wedding day. Even if you’re not a checklist type of person, today is the day to become one to ensure you don't forget any of the essentials!
DON'T FORGET TO DELEGATE TASKS
While in the wedding planning process, it may seem like you and your other half are the only ones who know every detail, and to some extent this is true… but don’t assume that you’ll be able to handle everything on your wedding day (or that you will want to be stressing the small stuff). Brides and grooms often forget to delegate tasks, not realizing just how busy the day will be. So, choose a handful of friends and family to be responsible for various tasks, and don’t be afraid to release responsibility to your trusted loved ones. Hint: don’t use your Maid of Honor or Best Man; they have other important duties day of! Here are a few of the best tasks to delegate:
- Morning drop-off at your venue. If there are decor items, florals, or anything else that needs to be delivered in the morning, give this task to someone you can trust to set the alarm and do it on time. Pro Tip: this is a great groomsman job.
- End of the evening decor collection and take-home. Pro Tip: this is not a great groomsman job! This can actually be a big task for someone, and the last thing you’ll want to worry about is how you are going to pack up an Uber. There may be a handful of items that you don't want to forget: cake topper, top tier of the wedding cake, card box, gifts, table numbers, guest book, photobooth items, ceremonial props, kiddush cup, unity candles, leftover favors, flowers, bouquets, and changes of clothing.
- Day-of group herder. Assign someone in your wedding party to corral your bridesmaids and groomsmen. Especially with a larger wedding party, it can be neigh impossible to keep the whole party together and focused for pictures, rehearsals, introductions, and pre-ceremony, so having someone in charge of chasing people down is a huge help!
DON'T FORGET TO RELAX!
Weddings bring up a million emotions, and while we know that stress and anxiety can be part of the mix, remember to relax, and let the happier emotions take over. You’ve been planning this day for a long time, and you’ve put many painstaking hours into ironing out all of the details, so be sure to take the time to enjoy the fruits of your labor! After all the planning, your wedding day will fly by, so do not forget to leave some time to take it all in and pat yourself on the back.
Physical relaxation is important too! Be sure to cushion your timeline with some designated relaxation moments. Whether it’s to rest your feet, enjoy a private moment with your new spouse, or have a quiet moment before the ceremony, plan for time here and there throughout the evening to relax and enjoy!
A wedding runs smoothly when all of the details are buttoned up, and by following these few tips, you will hopefully avoid any road bumps throughout the evening, leaving you to focus on what’s really important, the celebration!