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.
Planning a winter wedding? Don’t feel left out in the cold. Your winter wedding can be a beautiful, cozy occasion as unique as our Midwestern winters. Embrace your winter wedding, and play it up with winter wedding details on your big day. Every detail of your winter wedding counts, from your seasonal wedding décor to your wedding dress and favors:
- Brides, think wraps. Just because you’re having a winter during the coldest part of the year doesn’t mean you have to say no to that strapless dress. Find a unique winter wrap that keeps you warm and makes you look special.
- Embrace your inner winter with a sugar cookie or hot cocoa bar. Offer apple cider, or leave small jars of apple cider or cocoa mix as a favor. Don’t be afraid to play up your winter theme even when choosing the design for your cake, with velvet ribbon, silver pinecones, jewels or evergreen accents.
- Don’t be afraid of outdoor photos. Pick a venue where you take advantage of winter when capturing shots of your special day, like a shot on the steps with your beautiful wedding venue in the background. You don’t have to be outside for very long to get the ideal winter shots—plan ahead and talk to your photographer for ideas. Then head outside and get a beautiful winter shot together and with your wedding party unlike any other.
- Lots and lots of lights. Capture the essence of the holiday season with strand after strand of sparkly lights, or project snowflakes onto the ceiling. Whatever fits your wedding, make your reception glow like a meadow with a fresh layer of white powder.
- Use crystals and glass to bring the sparkle of ice into your reception. Or bring ice—a special sculpture that embodies who the two of you are. Snowflakes with a soft white glitter can make your cake, cupcakes or décor a soft winter sparkle.
- Velvet. We’re not saying you need to wear velour jogging suits, but capture the warmth of velvet in your seasonal wedding décor. If you’re holding a holiday wedding, make velvet ornaments for your guests with your names and wedding date on them. Have a wedding dress made of velvet (be prepared, they’re very warm!). Use red or a dark blue velvet in your decorations (perhaps for the table cloths or for chair wraps?) to play off the white, and give your wedding a rich, soft look.
With as cold as our Wisconsin winters can be, your winter wedding is obviously going to be held inside, so choose your wedding venue wisely. Consider 1451 Renaissance Place in Milwaukee, a beautiful wedding venue with an elegant feel, and steps perfect for your outdoor winter wedding photo shoot. If you have any questions about our wedding venue, or ideas for your winter wedding, check out our website or ask us on our Facebook page. If you do decide 1451 Renaissance Place is the perfect spot for your venue, we’ll do everything in our power to make sure your winter wedding is a breath-taking day to remember.