If one were to count, there are probably at least 500 (5,000?) details that go into planning a wedding. From choosing bridemaids’ dresses, to booking hair and makeup, to making a playlist for the DJ and securing a room block at a hotel for your guests, brides-to-be are never short on tasks to fill up their to-do lists with. But, no matter how organized you are during the wedding planning process, there are bound to be little details that somehow slip away from your file folder, or perhaps get deleted from your master excel doc of wedding wizardry.
To help minimize your chances of waking up on the day of your wedding screaming “SH&$, I forgot [Enter task 501 here],” we called in an expert, Paulette Eastman, Director of Catering & Events at the Renaissance Blackstone Hotel Chicago, to break down the things she’s seen brides forget most often. Check out her top reminders, below (and then tell your MOH to bookmark this post for you).
1. Card box
A card box is one of those small details that brides tend to overlook. They are important because it helps keep all the envelopes together and you minimize the chance of guests handing them to the bride/groom directly or placing them on random tables. If you have a big wedding, don’t forget to get a bigger box!
2. The Favors
There are so many details associated with planning a wedding that brides forget about gifts or welcome bags for their guests. Guests appreciate these small tokens of gratitude. It is important for brides and grooms to keep this top of mind so they aren’t scrambling at the last minute.
3. Arrangements for vendor meals and parking
Arrangements for vendor meals and parking are very important. Vendors work all day to ensure a wedding is perfectly executed and they need to eat! At the Blackstone, we can provide meals for vendors and arrange for them to park in a designated area that is conveniently located. If a couple’s wedding location doesn’t have this option, it is important to make arrangements.
4. Menu indicators on place cards
Menu indicators are very helpful for the staff because it helps waiters see which dish guests ordered and reduces the chance of a guest getting the wrong meal.
5. Cake cutting set (knife and server)
Most brides think that the catering company or hotel provides a cake cutting set, which is not usually the case. I’ve seen brides panic at the last minute because they need to find one and it is the last thing they want to deal with on their big day.