6 Considerations To Ensure Your Wedding Day Schedule Goes As Planned
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Planning a wedding to ensure that the day goes smoothly can be up to a nine month commitment for most brides.
There is a lot of work that is involved to ensure that your wedding day schedule is securely in place. Following are some things you need to take into consideration right now.
1. Get A Good Wedding Planner Book
If you don't want to forget any detail, then you need a good wedding planner book.
It will act as your personal guide as you plan everything from your engagement party to your honeymoon, and be your best friend when it comes to important details that you need to remember. You will turn to it often in the months leading up to your wedding, and without it, your wedding day schedule may turn out completely different than you want it to.
2. Secure A Location And Justice Of The Peace
Before you do anything else, make sure that you have your location and justice of the peace secured. Without them your guests will not know where to go and you will not officially get married! Everything else will revolve around these two things.
3. Make Sure The Important Things Are Handled Professionally
After you secure the location and the justice of the peace, you need to plan for catering, photography, and music. You may want to save some money by hiring a family member or friend to do various things such as videotaping, but if Uncle Alfred forgets to grab the video camera and tape your ceremony, you are not going to be able to do it over again.
Therefore, plan to hire professionals who will not forget to do their job on your wedding day. Get estimates, check their availability, and choose people who you really resonate with and trust to follow your wedding day schedule. If you are having problems with them before your wedding day, then chances are you will have problems with them on your wedding day.
4. Pick A Wedding Party That Is Trustworthy
Your wedding day will revolve, in part, around a trustworthy bridal party. They will need to be able to participate in pre-wedding events, be there on time, and help out when necessary. Even though your mom may want you to include your cousin Susan, she may not be the best pick if she is known for not being reliable.
In addition, you will want a party that can participate in trial runs long before the wedding to ensure your day goes smoothly. For instance, you may want to do a hair, makeup, and nail run a few months in advance to ensure that everyone will know exactly what they want to get done on your wedding day.
5. Always Have A Dry Run
The best way to make sure that everyone understands and sticks to the schedule you set out, is to have a dry run of how the day is supposed to go. This will help the wedding party and important guests understand exactly what they need to do and then they can guide other guests during your wedding day. A dry run will allow you to just enjoy the day without having to stress out about the
6. Things May Not Go As Planned
How To Relax When Things Don't Go As Planned
When your big day comes, things may not go as planned. You have done everything you can to ensure this day goes as planned, and your wedding day is the day to let go, and go with the flow.
Do this by:
- Smiling: Even if you feel like screaming, a smile will often help you feel better. Research has shown that putting on a smile can influence your feelings, so make sure you keep smiling! Better yet - laugh!
- Breathe: When you get anxious, you hold your breath or breathe too fast. Make sure you control your breath to help you avoid feelings of anxiety.
- Live in the moment: If you live in the moment, you will be able to handle anything that comes your way. Living in the moment helps you to avoid anger, stress, regret, and all those other negative emotions that could ruin your mood.
Even if you are a control freak, and have a very specific wedding day schedule, things may not go exactly as you planned. They never do! Things, such as guests and the weather, will be out of your control.
The best precaution you can take is to make sure you have some backup scenarios in place that you practice during your dry run. For example, if you are having your ceremony outside, then you should have a backup plan in the event it rains. In addition, you should run your wedding party through the backup plan so that everything goes smoothly on your wedding day no matter what happens.
Remember though, there is no backup plan that will fix what a drunk guest does to your wedding!
You Can Only Do Your Best
In the end, remember that an organized wedding day schedule is dependent on how well in advance you plan and who you have as a part of your wedding. Make sure you start planning as soon as possible, and pick people who are going to be dependable to carry out their duties on your wedding day.
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