14 Things To Remember On Your Wedding Day

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14 Things To Remember On Your Wedding Day

1. Dress Presentation. Your photographer will take several detail shots of your wedding dress. These photos will be much prettier if your dress is not hanging on a cardboard form or plastic hanger. Many brides order custom wire hangers with their name. At a minimum, consider a classic wooden, velvet or fabric hanger for these photos.

2. Family Seating At The Ceremony. Make sure that your ushers understand who the “Reserved” seating is reserved for. Typically the first several pews are for the parents, grandparents and siblings of the couple. It is possible for your second cousin, twice removed to assume the family seats are for her.

3. Have A Fully Charged Phone. You will likely carry your cell phone on your wedding day for contacting your bridal party, checking on last minute details and as an emergency contact for wedding vendors. Make sure your phone is fully charged and being answered by someone who knows the details of your wedding day.

4. Carry Small Cash. You don’t want to carry your full purse in your wedding clutch, but it’s a good idea to carry some small cash in case you need to pay for parking for downtown photo spots, tip a hair stylist, purchase some gum or any other incidentals.

5. Write Your Vows On Pretty, Sturdy Stock. If you and your fiance will write your own vows, make sure they are written large enough to be read. Consider printing them on pretty, sturdy paper stock. This will minimize the sound of paper rustling, look better in photos, and become a wedding keepsake.

6. Ask Someone To Collect Gifts. This is a job that you can give to your most trusted friend. At the conclusion of the reception, someone should be tasked with collecting the boxes, bags and envelope holder. Decide in advance who this person will be and where they will place the items. (Click here for more reception exit stategies.)

7. Arrange Transportation. Even if you will have a limo to take you to the church and reception, you will need to make arrangements to get yourselves and bridal party to the starting pick up location and arrange for transportation after the reception.

8. Dress Cleaning and Preservation. If you will be leaving for your honeymoon after your wedding, ask someone to take your wedding dress to the cleaners for you. You have a better chance of removing spots and stains, if they occur, by doing this as soon as possible. (For tips on keeping your dress picture perfect, click here.)

9. Eat Throughout The Day. Your wedding day will be a flurry of activity, and you may not have time to sit down for a full breakfast and lunch. Plan for this in advance by having easy to grab items like bagels, granola bars, fruit and other snacks available.

10. Attendant Gifts. If you do not plan on giving your bridal party attendant gifts at the rehearsal dinner, consider doing so during your pre-ceremony time. This can also make for a great photo moment.

11. Create A Photo & Video Plan. Your wedding day is the day you have probably dreamed of for a lifetime. And part of those dreams probably included an idea of how you would look on your wedding day. Create a wedding photography and wedding videography photo plan with your service vendors and share the plan with your bridal party and family. This will help your wedding day to run smoothly. (Click here for a list of family formal photos.)

12. Create A Wedding Reception Timeline. A fun and stress-free wedding reception is a well-planned wedding reception. A step-by-step timetable of events, and an experienced DJ to oversee them, will keep your party going. Be sure to share your reception timeline with wedding vendors, bridal party and important family members.

13. Marriage License. In order to legally get married in Michigan, you will need a marriage license from the clerk of court’s office. Following your wedding ceremony, your marriage license must be completed by a solemnizing authority or officiant. They will complete the time and place of marriage, have the document signed by two witnesses and sign the license. You must present your marriage license on your wedding day!

14. Enjoy the day. You’ve planned your wedding day for months, if not years. Instead of worrying about all the details, enjoy your reception. It is, after all, your wedding day!


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