Photo: Heather Brulez Photography
Happy Halloween! We celebrated yesterday at WW headquarters with an array of creative costumes from Care Bears to “What does the fox say?” and Snow White and the seven dwarfs to Breaking Bad, but there’s nothing more scary to engaged couples than their wedding planning going awry. Spooktacularly, our editors have come up with tips below to help you avoid being a wedding day horror story:
1. Do research before you hire vendors. Check out WeddingWire’s vendor reviews to find the perfect match based on your location and preferences. Once one is added to your team, check in and confirm, reiterate directions, emergency contact numbers, and day-of schedule. Prepare final payments and tips ahead of time that way you don’t have to remember what is owed to whom on your wedding day.
2. Develop a timeline with ample allowance. Build in enough cushion time for your vendors to set up before the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception begin that way if anything unexpected happens, no one will notice as long as you don’t keep guests waiting.
3. Organize your guest list. Create a no-expectations policy (significant others only if they’re engaged; no children under 18), if possible, in hopes that your guest list does not become larger than desired and use WeddingWire’s guest list tool to keep track of RSVPs.
4. Prepare for inclement weather. Mother Nature can be less-than-ideal — rain, thunderstorms, heat, snow — have a Plan B, especially if you’re having an outdoor wedding. Consider a venue with an indoor space or tent as backup. Provide fans that double as ceremony programs to keep guests cool or rent space heaters to keep guests warm.
5. Have an emergency kit on stand-by. Of course, you’ll need the essentials like bandaids, pain reliever, and deodorant, but what happens if you have a broken heel, stain, skin breakout, or fallen updo? Have a pair of spare shoes or invest in Shoe Goo for a broken heel, baby powder and rubbing alcohol or white chalk for stains, concealer for cover-up, and bobby pins and hair spray for a fallen updo.
6. Consider having an “unplugged” ceremony. Politely ask your guests and bridal party to turn off all electronic devices, including cell phones, smart phones, and cameras and allow the professional photographers and videographers do their job. You wouldn’t want a bridesmaid to update her Facebook status, tweet, or Instagram a picture of you getting ready in your dress before the first look or walk down the aisle, it may ruin the surprise for the groom!
7. Indicate whether you’re having a cocktail, buffet, or plated dinner reception. Let’s be honest, you don’t want your guests’ stomachs to growl or your guests to have an allergic reaction to the food. Take note of those who do have special requests.
8. Monitor your speech-givers. Sometimes a toast needs to steer clear of sensitive topics such as exes, religion, or race. And if it’s an open bar, they might have calmed their nerves a little too much and could roast you to a crisp. Communicate that this is totally irrelevant and uncomfortable for not only you but your guests listening. A good rule of thumb is to keep it no longer than 5 minutes.
9. Create a playlist for the DJ or band. These songs are meant to be skipped: “Chicken Dance,” “Cha Cha Slide,” “YMCA,” “Macarena,” you get the idea.
10. Eat, drink, and be married. Don’t go through your wedding day on an empty stomach, pre-order oatmeal with chia seeds for breakfast, salad for lunch and an afternoon snack like trail mix. The oatmeal along with the chia seeds will keep your skin glowing from head to toe, the salad will diminish unnecessary bloating and the trail mix will cure your hunger in between the ceremony and reception dinner. Hydrate with water before you pop the bubbly!