What You Might Forget to Do at Your Wedding

But these reminders should help!

Review some common things you probably don’t want to forget to do on your wedding day and use that knowledge to help your event go smoothly!

Photo: Tine Hoffman

If there is one constant we hear from brides and grooms featured in Inside Weddings, it’s that the day is a whirlwind that ends before you know it. As a result, it’s not surprising that – even after months of planning – there are likely going to be things that slip through the cracks. The best thing you can do is minimize the potential for something major to go wrong and hope that what inevitably is forgotten doesn’t have a big effect on your joy and celebration. Below are some common things you probably don’t want to forget to do on your wedding day. Use that knowledge to help your event go smoothly!

groom kissing bride on the cheek as she grins, what couples forget on their wedding

Photo by Laurie Bailey Photography; Planning & Design by Rikki Ladenheim Events

- Get photos of paper goods. You likely spent a lot of time picking out your invitation suite, save the dates, and more. It would be a shame to not have them included in your wedding photo album. When making a packing list for your big day, remember to add anything you want details shots of by your photographer.

- Greet your guests. If you’re not doing a traditional receiving line, make a conscious effort to have a moment with each guest who came to be a part of your special day. Go table to table, mingle during cocktail hour and on the dance floor, whatever it takes! It’s important that your attendees know you appreciate them being there. 

- Eat dinner and dessert. Catering is often one of the biggest portions of a budget, and you deserve to enjoy the food and desserts you carefully picked out. Not to mention that you’ll need the energy during such a hectic day. 

- Tip your vendors. Take the time to prepare envelopes of cash before the wedding (and label them!) so you can easily offer gratuity to your vendors as they leave. Since you’ll have so much else going on, you may want to ask one of your parents or trusted friends to do the delivery. The good news is that this is something you can remedy if you do forget, as you can reach out after the fact if you need to do so.

- Take a moment to reflect. Because the day is such a whirlwind, it’s easy for it to feel like a blur. Make a point to be with your new spouse and just gaze upon the sight of the stunning décor and celebrating loved ones.