9 Things You Will Forget To Do at Your Wedding [aka: just a few of the things a pro event planner knows to do for you!]
Settle Up with All Your Vendors in Advance. Many vendors require you pre pay them so they can arrive at your wedding fully focused on you without having to have their hand out. But if you have vendors that accept payment the day of your wedding, make sure to write final-payment checks for your vendors a few days before, and have your planner pass them out on the big day. And for tips; put checks or cash in envelopes (with a hand written thank you card for those who went over and above their contract) ahead of time and give to your event planner or the best man, so they can be easily distributed.
Pin your Bustle. To keep your reception from being a total drag, make sure your mother, maid of honor or another friend will be available to bustle your gown. Give them a crash course in the complicated hook-and-eye configuration days before the wedding so you can hit the dance floor without getting dragged down. You should also practice going to the bathroom in a huge gown with help from your maids in advance, it's harder than it looks!
Grab some fuel! Just like your favorite glamorous movie starlet does on red carpet awards night, after weeks of watching calories it’s finally time to eat!! But it may be the one thing you don’t get to what with all the fanfare of friends, family and fun. Ask your planner, banquet manager or your best pal to remember to bring you a plateful of those fabulous hors d’oeuvres and keep your champagne glass filled because odds are you’ll never make it to the bar during the cocktail hour and it’s going to be a long wedding! Be sure to eat healthy so you don't have any unwanted repercussions.
Get a Private Room. Ask your planner if your wedding reception venue has a separate room to leave your bags and change into your trousseau of going away clothes. A restroom will serve in a pinch, but you’ll probably want a little more privacy and a secure place for bridal party purses.
Lose any Bags. Put a reliable pal in charge of getting your luggage into the honeymoon suite...or at least into the getaway car if you are leaving straight from the reception.
Grab a Midnight Snack. Have your caterer pack you and your new spouse a picnic basket of leftovers. You probably won’t be able to eat more than a bite of the gorgeous meal you spent months planning what with all the celebrating and connecting with guests.
Give away the leftovers. Tell your caterer what to do with the rest of the leftover food. With gorgeous food and wedding cake and desserts by Tastries Bakery like that shown here, you may not have much leftover but just in case... ask your caterer to take the extras to a local soup kitchen or homeless shelter. And if you aren’t giving your centerpieces to special guests, arrange for someone to drop them off at a hospital, women’s shelter or nursing home.
Farewell. Your coordinator, the wedding shown here was planned by wedding coordinators Fairy Godmother Weddings, will know to stay and get Lyft or Uber rides for guests who need them, and make sure your valuables—the gifts, cake knife, toasting glasses, etc.—get home safely.
Don't forget the Day After Details! You will probably be exhausted the day after your wedding or even be planning a day after brunch for out of town guests! It is wise you assign a few people to take care of the little details the next day. Your Maid of Honor can take your dress to the cleaners, return your husband’s tux to the rental shop and make sure your bouquet gets started on the road to preservation, if you’re saving it, especially if you leave for honeymoon right away.