Don’t plan any big activities that will require a lot of energy on the first day or two of your honeymoon. Planning a wedding takes a lot of work and you will be exhausted afterwards, whether you feel it now or not. Plan to rest for a while before doing a lot of sight-seeing.
Quick Tip June 10, 2009
Create a signature drink for the occasion. Consider your wedding color, theme, location, your personalities and put those elements into the drink. By offering only this drink along with non-alcoholic alternatives, you can limit your guests’ drinking. You also have the option of offering only your signature drink at the cocktail hour and having a bar at the reception if this is not a concern. Make it special and give it a fun name.
Quick Tip May 27, 2009
Be prepared for your guests according to your situation and environment. If your wedding is in June in Phoenix, hand out water bottles with the programs. If your guests will be expected to walk a ways between ceremony and reception, offer a shuttle, golf cart or some mode of transportation to help the elderly and those with small children.
Quick Tip April 8, 2009
Send out all your save-the-dates at the same time and all your invitations at the same time. People talk and, when they start hearing that the invitations went out, they’ll wonder why they haven’t gotten one yet. Better to wait another day or two to send them all out while you find out that one last address.
Quick Tip: Organize Your Contacts March 30, 2009
Create a spreadsheet that lists all of the contacts invited to the wedding, in alphabetical order by last name. Include everyone invited–even family. Provide a space for each contact to be checked off when the invite is mailed (preferably at the same time), a space for RSVP, for preferred meal if there is an option, address and phone number, whether they will have young children with them, any food or flower allergies and any other pertinent information you can think of. Use this spreadsheet to give your caterer the final count and special orders (don’t forget vendor meals for those who will be there the whole time like the photographer and DJ), to give the rental company a number for chairs and tables, etc. You can also include a space for gift received and what the gift was, then thank you note mailed. This way there are no forgotten thank you’s and it’s easier to keep track of gifts.
Bonus Tip: Thank you notes are generally expected by three months following the wedding, but the sooner the better. Start with monetary gifts first so that the giver isn’t worrying about whether you got it.
Quick Tip: Delegate March 25, 2009
Hand out little jobs throughout the planning process to give yourself a little break. Your bridesmaids are there for this and there are usually many other friends and family who would love to be a part of the preparation. When people offer, make a note of that so you can call them when something comes up. Don’t be afraid to let go of the little things.