February 23, 2019
You’re knee deep in planning the most beautiful, magical, love-filled day of your life. And you don’t want to miss a thing, am I right? Girl, I’ve been there. I’ve planned my own wedding, I’ve been right where you are right now. Fear no more, I’ve got a list of things that I wished people had told me to make sure I thought about while planning!
You can probably guess where this is going. I stuffed all 125+ invites, made the perfect, hand wrote the addresses for a special touch, and brought them to the post office on my lunch break. I was so excited! It’s official, the invites are going out, one more thing to cross off my list. Wrong.
The mail clerk weighed one and said ‘ma’am, I’m sorry but you don’t have enough postage on these. They weigh ½ an ounce too much for the stamps you have.’ And I about lost it. WHAT? You’re telling me I have to go buy MORE stamps and add them to EACH invite? They looked so perfect and now I have to add an ugly non-wedding stamp? I think I left with tears in my eyes. Looking back, it was absolutely not a big deal. Nobody cared that I didn’t have the perfect postage. But save yourself that heartache and go bring one of your stuffed invites to the post office and make sure you’re using the right amount!!
Some bakeries or venues will provide these things for you, and some won’t! The venue and dinnerware company that I used were sister companies, so I didn’t really have to worry about it. But make sure that it’s clear whether or not any of your vendors will be providing it or not. You don’t want to get the cake cutting part of your timeline and then not have anything to cut the cake with!!
Another detail that didn’t even cross my mind.. until the morning of my wedding. A little too late for that! You want your ring sparkly clean for all those up close, detail shots! Bring it into the jeweler for a quick inspection and cleaning before your big day. Or at the very least, use some jewelry cleaner from the store. My favorite is the Connoisseurs Brand. They make different kinds for
different types of jewelry, so you can pick the one that’s best for you. And the most amazing part is? It’s only five bucks! And seriously works like a charm!!
Now this is something I did do, and it saved me tons of time and heartache. Let me explain. When you send out invites, you will get some back where the guests do not write their names on the RSVP. I thought that certainly my guests wouldn’t be so silly as to not include something as important as their NAME!? Oh man was I wrong. I’d say about 30% of them did not have names. BUT this is where that invisible marker comes into play. Number each household/group of people that are getting an invite. Then, write that number on the
back of the corresponding RSVP. That way, if somebody doesn’t write their name, you can quickly check who the RSVP belongs to. You’ll probably need to get a blacklight to be able to see it, though. Or just write tiny in the bottom corner or something. Bottom line is: number or label those RSVPS in one way or another!!
I totally forgot to do this when budgeting, and thankfully I was able to maneuver around it by the time the wedding day came, but it would have been so much easier to have just budgeted correctly for this from the get-go! While we’re talking about organizing tips, assign someone to be in charge of personally handing over any cash tips you plan to deliver on the wedding day. If you don’t have a wedding day coordinator, you will have to be responsible for making sure that each vendor gets their tip, so I suggest delegating that small task to mom, sister, or trustworthy friend to take a few minutes and make a spin around the venue before all the craziness happens to distribute the cash!
That’s it folks! Those are my top tips that I would give all my brides to make sure they aren’t forgetting!
Check those things off your list and feel better about cruising closer to your wedding date. Add any of your other favorite tips and things to make sure you don’t forget the in comments below!