Wedding Planning Details You Don't Want to Forget

These important aspects can easily fall through the cracks.

Once you get engaged, it can feel like there is an endless to-do list that doesn’t even end once you say “I do.” Find out what might be easily forgotten!

Photo: Bob & Dawn Davis Photography

Once you get engaged, it can feel like there is an endless to-do list that doesn’t even end once you say “I do.” With so many major tasks that come with hiring vendors and creating both a timeline and vision for your big day, it’s no surprise that some more minor aspects can fall through the cracks. Sometimes forgetting something is really not a big deal at all, such as never getting around to purchasing specialty serving tools for your cake cutting. In other instances it can be a near disaster, such as realizing you have forgotten to pack an outfit for your morning-after brunch at a destination wedding.

Although you probably don’t think your wedding planning to-do list needs to get any longer, adding the below items will help your wedding celebration go much more smoothly. Keep them in mind throughout your wedding-planning process!

Bring Your Invitation Suite to the Wedding

There’s no practical reason you would need this, of course; however, most photographers will take a few stylized wedding detail shots of your invitations and save the dates, often with rings or other jewelry. However, it’s easy for brides to forget since there’s otherwise not a use for them on the big day itself. 

Count Yourself in the Numbers

You might not think about it when looking at your guests list and tracking RSVPs; however, when you confirm your final numbers with your wedding caterer, it’s important to remember yourself and your future spouse!

Include Vendor Meals & Gratuity

When sorting your wedding budget, incidentals such as providing contracted meals for your vendors and offering gratuity are easy to miss when doing your calculations. These costs can add up though, and may lead to you unexpectedly going over budget if you’re not careful. If you know to consider them ahead of time, you won't be surprised later.

Wedding Party Transportation

You’ve probably already booked a special wedding car to arrive to the ceremony in style, as well as for your grand exit as newlyweds, but what about your attendants? Especially if the ceremony and reception are in separate places, someone needs to know how everyone will get from point A to point B, even if it’s simply having relatives drive your group.

Add Extra Ceremony Seating

Though every guest will have a place to sit at the reception, the ceremony is a different story. Save your guests the trouble of moving around to make room for groups to sit together and add some extra chairs for the vow exchange. If you happen to have a large bridal party who will be standing throughout the ceremony, however, this is likely unnecessary since the number of attendants can help offset the overall number of chairs.

For more wedding ideas, find out how much time you should take off work during your engagement, discover which season should include your wedding date, and learn which detail shots your photographer shouldn't miss.