An important part of making it ‘official!’ For most marriages or civil partnerships you must give at least 28 full days’ notice at your local register office, including details of where you intend to get married or form a civil partnership. You can read a full guide to registering your marriage or civil partnership here .
You really need to remember to feed the people who are working tirelessly to make your day flawless. Usually, you are expected to give your final guest count to the catering company within two weeks of your big day; so don’t forget to include the number of vendors who will be with you all day (photographers, wedding planners and coordinators, videographers, band members, and any second shooters). It is important to note that most caterers count vendor meals as half-price, so be sure to inquire to your caterers.
This is one of the most beautiful and overlooked details to photograph on the day of the wedding. Couples should remember to prepare at least one full invitation suite, and any other stationary details (save-the-dates, invitations, RSVP cards, rehersal dinner invitations etc) that were sent out during the Wedding Planning process. If you have stunning double-sided detailing, I recommend preparing two sets, so that your photographer can shoot the front and back in the same frame.
While we all resign ourselves to the fact that British weather is highly unpredictable, but it is always wise to be informed. If you’re planning an outdoor wedding, I highly recommend that couples check the historical temperature for their particular wedding date in Suffolk or Norfolk so you can accurately prepare for what may come.
Guys, you need to eat. As a wedding planner and day-of-coordinator, this is something I pay close attention to. It is important to have someone, like a day-of-coordinator, who carries around light snacks which are easy to eat while you’re being pulled from here to there. I also recommend getting your day-of-coordinator to speak with your caterers about packing takeaway boxes full of your wedding meals and cake because once the adrenaline dies down, you will be starving.
Brides especially- you will have been wearing your engagement ring for 12+ months, and on the day that everyone wants to look at it, and pictures are taken of your rings…you should prepare by getting them shined to avoid a dull look!
We love adrenaline and heady excitement, but we don’t like anxiety on your wedding morning. Listening to your favourite songs as you get ready will create a party atmosphere and seeing your bridesmaids and groomsmen in high spirits is one of the most contagious things on your big day.
Be sure to make note of all the guests who have food allergies or are vegetarian or vegan. Provide a list for your caterer noting where each of these guests are sitting – your caterer will love you!
Photo-wrangling, transportation managers, tipping your vendors, gathering your cards and gifts at the end of the night as well as general problem-solving and vendor management are things couples do not think about when wedding planning. As a result of this, the couples and their family are stressed as they cant relax and party as they feel like they’re working hard to make everything perfect. A day-of-coordinator is just the wisest bet for avoiding all of this if you feel like you do not want to delegate to family members.
The people that have worked so hard to make your wedding day dreams come to fruition are often forgotten once the big day has passed. The best thank-you you can give your vendors is an honest review online and an email follow up. That is the only way that your vendors can continue to improve the level of service they provide to future brides, so your feedback is very important! Plan to carve out time to review your vendors within six months of the big day.
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