9 Forget Me Nots When Planning Your Wedding 1. Print your song list Make sure your DJ has one, your event manager, your day of coordinator, your wedding planner, and everyone else that has any role in what’s happening that day. Print extras! No matter how many playlists you make in advance, they won’t do any good if no one knows when to play them. The DJ usually has wedding playlists pre-made, but if you want something specific, make sure you voice what you want!
2. Practice your first dance ahead of time Pick a song that really suits you both. Keep it short and sweet. Think about your outfit and shoes. Learn a few basic moves and practice them together! Be present in the moment and just enjoy!
3. Don't forget to tip everyone! This can be an easy thing to forget! Think about who you tip in everyday life. Tip your catering staff! If you go get photos taken, you tip your photographer. Same goes at your wedding! We have a helpful guide to help you figure out how much to tip everyone. It’s good to map this out before your wedding, and even work it into your overall budget.
4. Consider a modern RSVP Printed RSVPs can be old news! Email everyone your RSVP cards! There are countless websites to help you do this. It can even be as easy as printing a QR code at the bottom of the invite. Online RSVP options make it easier for people to respond, meaning you don’t have to follow up with too many people. It’s also easier to track who’s coming, who’s not, and if you’re doing a plated dinner, what they want to eat.
5. Get a "Day of Coordinator" Having a Day of Coordinator takes all the weight off your shoulders. Tell them what you want to have happen, and then sit back, and enjoy your day.
6. Eat!! It’s YOUR wedding! YOU paid for the food! YOU chose the food you wanted to eat on your special day! So eat it! When dinner is happening, focus on dinner. It’s a time to relax, reflect on the day, and get some energy for the rest of the night. I promise you’ll have plenty of time to greet all of your guests.
7. Rehearse everything at your rehearsal I recommend always rehearsing the procession, recession and transition to dinner. That way you and your wedding party have the lead to how it will play out on the day of. And because your wedding party will know what they’re doing, everyone else will follow them. If they’re walking around everywhere, so will everyone else. If they go to the table when they’re supposed to, or walk over to the bar for cocktail hour, everyone will follow that.
8. Things will go wrong... Yes, I know. You planned for this day. You’ve gone over everything countless times. There should be no mistakes. I’m here to break the news to you: not everything will be perfect! The florist could be running a little late. You might slip on your dress. Your lighting might not change at the exact moment you wanted it to. That’s okay!! Things will go wrong, and I promise it’s not the end of the world. Chances are, you’re the only one that noticed. Don’t let one, or two, or even three things ruin your day. It’s still the best day of your life! Focus on you and your new spouse.
9. Don't forget to include your partner! Plan your wedding with your partner. More often than not, one partner will have more opinions. If your future partner lets you have full control over your day, don’t forget to tell them what’s happening! Let them in on the explicit details of your day together so that you can both enjoy it equally.
Your wedding is a dream come true! Not only for you, but for all your guests as well. They came to celebrate your special day with you, so most importantly CELEBRATE!