Your big day is almost here… but that doesn’t mean you’re out of time for some great last minute items. We know that you have put in hours and hours of time and energy looking for all the deals, coordinating colors, themes, and painstakingly worrying over every little detail. At last, your big day is almost here. It’s at this point that most couples begin to ask themselves if they forgot anything. Usually, at least one or two ideas are forgotten in the multitude of reservations and tasks to complete. Make sure you don’t forget these To-Do items before you say “i do.”
The Photo Booth
Today nearly every wedding has a photo booth. The photo booth is a super easy way to entertain your guests and ensure that you have photos of all the guests at your event. It’s a no-brainer! The photo booth gives your guests something to do while the wedding party is out with the photographer. Believe me...your guests will appreciate some entertainment instead of having to sit and wait. Companies like Booth By Mail make it affordable on any budget. Booth By Mail is a DIY photo booth kit that is delivered by mail and returned after the event is over. At just $289.99 with free shipping, it is affordable on any budget. Do not forget this last minute detail.
Many couples overlook this item. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that your DJ has it all covered. Make a list of your favorite songs for the cocktail hour, dinner, and party afterwards so your DJ can have a sense of what you are looking for. Otherwise, you may not like the style that he or she brings to your event. Additionally, you should also come up with a list of songs you absolutely do not want to hear throughout the night. Remember, you don't have to make a list of what songs to play at a specific time...that would take hours to plan. Instead, think of these lists as a way to give your DJ some guidance about what you love and what you don't.
Assign a Go-To Person
This person is not your wedding planner. Instead, this is someone close to you that can act as a buffer for all the little questions that will inevitably come up on the big day. If there's one thing you can certainly count on during your wedding, it's that everyone will have a question for you. Since you don't want to be swarmed with every little question while you prepare to walk down the aisle, it’s good to have this person pre-selected. Choose a bridesmaid, friend, parent, or anyone you trust who can field inquiries so you don't feel overwhelmed. Even if you have a wedding planner, it’s still a great idea to add one more buffer between you and a stressful day.
Decide on Tip Amounts
You would be amazed at how much better your pictures will look if you tip the photographer before the day begins. After years in the wedding industry, I can assure you that the amount of couples that tip their vendors is extremely low. Trust me, your vendors are stressing too and working hard to deliver you the best quality. You will certainly want to thank your vendors for their hard work, but pulling out your checkbook or handing out bundles of cash is unprofessional. Additionally, you can use this tip to your advantage. Giving your vendor their tip before the day begins will almost always result in a better quality product delivered by all of your vendors. Why? They feel appreciated and will work even harder for you! Pre-designate envelopes with an appropriate tip and hand them to the vendors at the beginning of the day. We can almost guarantee a better experience for everyone.
At nearly every event, something goes wrong. Whether large or small, you don’t want a small detail to ruin the whole day. For example, if inclement weather strikes on your wedding day, the last thing you want is to be left without a back-up plan. Many outdoor venues have a contingency space for you to use, but if not, you'll need to be prepared. Plan for bad weather, late cake deliveries, photographers getting lost, and guests arriving at the wrong location. All of these things happen. I have personally seen all of these issues occur and they nearly ruined the event. Most, if not all of these items can be planned for and avoided. If you plan accordingly, you can limit these headaches. A back-up plan takes just a few minutes to complete and could potentially save the big day.