Ask any bride or groom: their wedding day went by way too fast—hopefully a fun fast, but a blur nonetheless. After all the work you’ve put into your very special day, and with all the to-do’s (and “I do’s!”) that needs to happen on your wedding day, finding a moment to enjoy your day can seem like an impossible task. We’re here to tell you it’s not impossible—it is doable to enjoy your wedding day, if you take steps ahead of time to lessen your wedding day workload:
- Appoint ‘helpers’ and give them jobs. It is VERY helpful to have many hands at your disposal. Ask for their assistance, and, if they accept, give them in-depth details of what needs to be done. Don’t feel like you need to be in charge of it all, and that you need to put out every fire. Ask friends or family you trust to help getting family members to photos, assisting with babysitting (if needed) during the festivities, passing out payments to vendors and performers (make sure you choose a trusted friend or family member for this task) and any other small details that need to be done that day.
- Put all payments in envelopes the week before. If you still owe vendors payment, or have ‘thank you’ gifts for soloists and other people who are part of your big day, put the money in envelopes a week before the wedding day. Label each envelope and put them together in a bag so you’re ready. This simple step saves you the time of writing out check after check or pulling out your credit card repeatedly—which takes you away from the fun and festivities.
- Tell your vendors what you want (in depth) before your wedding day. Don’t think you’ll have time to talk to your DJ about your preferences, or you can call your caterer with last minute changes that morning. Follow up with your vendors well before your wedding date to confirm, and discuss in depth any preferences you have.
- Give your attendants the full schedule in advance. Whether you have two or 20 attendants, give your bridesmaids, ushers, groomsmen and other ring bearers a detailed schedule of where to be and what times you need them—in person, if possible. Don’t rely on texts and other people.
- Have an emergency kit for ANYTHING that could come up. Pack extra cosmetics, a sewing kit, umbrellas—anything you think could come up on your wedding day. Go through your day in your mind, and picture all the worst case scenarios and what you can do to fix the problem.
Another way to lessen your workload is in one of the largest details of your day: the wedding venue. Research your wedding venue thoroughly, and look for wedding venues that fit your needs. For example, if you want a private facility devoted entirely to your wedding ceremony and reception, consider a reception hall like 1451 Renaissance Place. Just like the tips above, a little work now can mean less work on your special day—and more time to enjoy your big day.