Ask last year’s brides. The big decisions were easy. It was the little
things that went wrong that got everybody cranky. Here’s a few we’ve
These examples are just the tip of the iceberg. But our bottom line is this: Only you will realize when something is changed or forgotten, so don’t let it interfere with having a great day.
Where’s the limo?
Have an emergency number on hand to call if the limo hasn’t arrived as scheduled. If it never does arrive, it’s no big deal. There’s always the family cars.
Where’s the beautician?
Have the number of the agency or salon on hand that booked her on your behalf. If she can’t be located or replaced, remember that you know your own hair and face better than anyone else, so hop to it.
Accept what is delivered. (Nobody but you will know that you really wanted daisies instead of white tulips.)
Where’s the photographer?
Get the number of the company who booked the photographer. They likely can find a substitute.
Another detail: Are you allowing enough time for photographs? For a small wedding party, allow one hour. For a medium size party (say, three bridesmaids) allow 90 minutes. For a large group (say, five bridemaids) allow two hours.
Remember to call every single supplier a day or two before your wedding to reconfirm. Review what they’re doing, where, and at what time.
If, for example, chair covers or table overlays don’t arrive, let it go. A terrific day doesn’t depend on paisley overlays.
Remind the musician that there will be a solo and when it fits into the service. Remind the DJ or band leader about the song you chose for the first dance and when it is to be introduced.
Where’s the ring?
You’d be surprised how often someone forgets a ring. If it has been left behind, sitting on a bedroom bureau, so be it. Borrow Dad’s or Mom’s.
If a guest brings an unexpected date and there’s no extra table seating, don’t stickhandle this mishap yourself. Just turn it over to the reception site manager and let him or her deal with it.
Give a list of guests coming from a distance to the master of ceremonies so they can be acknowledged. That way it’s not up to you.
Good Rule of Thumbs:
1. Keep all supplier phone numbers in a little black book for emergencies.
2. Remember to call every single supplier a day or two before your wedding to reconfirm all the details.