Hire seasoned professionals to handle important aspects of your wedding.
Before hiring, read all online reviews, ask other reliable wedding vendors about their reputation, and if you have any concerns, ask to speak with a few recent clients who planned similar events. People who have handled a few weddings for friends or family are NOT seasoned professionals and their knowledge is just the tip of the iceberg. These individuals always have good intentions and offer significant money savings, but the additional risk, day-of questions and disappointing service can result in added stress on the wedding day. Although there are certainly good values available, it is pretty much true that you “get what you pay for.”
Organize your time so that you have no “To Do’s” remaining for the wedding weekend.
You should only have to think about getting yourself ready for activities and having fun with friends and family during the wedding weekend.
Delegate or forget about assigned seating.
If your guest count has maxed out the available space for dinner seating or you want to offer plated dinner options, you’ll need to assign dinner seating for your guests. If this is the case, try to finish this early and pass the responsibility to a friend or family member to wrap up any last-minute changes for you. Also, check with your venue or caterer early to ensure you’re handling escort cards in a way that will work for their needs.
However, if there is room for extra seating, you’re serving a buffet, or you’re able to serve the same dinner to all your adult guests, forget about assigned seating! Just reserve a few tables for people you want to ensure sit closest to you, such as bridal party, parents, grandparents and other family members. Assigned seating often creates stress for brides that last week, and it is not necessary to ensure your guests are happy. Most people are content to find their own dinner seating.
Communicate the weekend schedule to wedding party and family.
Nothing is more exhausting to brides than answering everyone’s questions all weekend. Be clear in your schedule who is included in what and when they are expected to arrive. Email it in advance and place it in gift bags or hotel rooms to ensure it is handy.
Rely on the experts.
If you’ve hired professionals, have no worries. Sit back, relax and let them do their job!