Not many people are likely to forget to actually book a church but there’s a whole host of tasks we might overlook to do – and here are just a few of them.
Ask your guests if they have any dietary requirements. You don’t want to be giving them meals they can’t eat because of allergies, ethical or religious concerns. Therefore, give your caterers details of who can eat what and where they’ll be sitting.
Draw up a playlist so your DJ won’t bring music that’s inappropriate for the audience.
Set up a webpage with useful information, such as location and time, as well as pictures of the venues, so your guests can check with it. After the wedding, photos and videos can be added to it for everyone to see.
Set up a guest book for people to sign.
Order extra chairs. You never know who might need them.
Send your guests a copy of the seating plan in advance, so they’re not having to try and work out where they’re meant to be sitting after they arrive.
If it’s an outdoor wedding, make sure you have a plan for what to do if it starts raining.
Order lighting for the band.
If children are going to be present, arrange for there to be things for them do. If there are going to be a lot of children, booking the services of child minders and entertainers can help.
Designate a photo wrangler who’ll let the photographer know who the important guests are and who needs to be photographed and who doesn’t.
Contact a will writing service. It might sound morbid but, if you already have a will, you might need to redo it to take into account your altered circumstances. If so, a will writing service might prove invaluable.
Favours. You’re going to be getting gifts from your guests but there’s no law says you can’t give them gifts too. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. For instance, consider giving them each a jar of jam or marmalade wrapped in a bow, as a thank you for attending.
And, when it comes to the gifts you’ve received, nominate someone to look after them following your departure. After all, you don’t want to be taking all that baggage away on honeymoon with you.
And then there’s the grand departure itself. Just how glorious will it be? Are you going to leave in a hail of confetti? Strewn with roses? Will a thousand doves be released in your honour?
Only you can decide.