Of our four bride bloggers, Renee is the only one who is already married. Because she’s already walked down the aisle, she shares her unique perspective looking back on her wedding planning experience. Today she’s sharing 4 wedding details that you might not think you need… but you do!
You know those things you think of and wonder if it’s really important to have at your wedding or not? Well after having my own wedding and talking with recently married friends I came up with 4 must haves at your wedding.
1. Get a Shuttle
Weddings have a firm schedule to follow and if you have different locations for your ceremony and reception you’re going to want to have a shuttle for your wedding party. It’s hard to keep track of everyone and make sure they get where they need to be, plus it gets tough on your wedding party having cars everywhere. There’s all different types of shuttles – school buses, trolleys, limos, and even hotel shuttles. We only needed a shuttle for a half hour to bring our wedding party from the ceremony to the reception, so hiring a company wasn’t feasible for us. I contacted the hotel we had a block of rooms at and they said their shuttle just goes to and from the airport but if we blocked a certain amount of rooms they would have their shuttle pick us up. This worked great and it was a really nice shuttle, so I would recommend looking into all different options and find the one that works best.
2. Have a Personal Attendant
Especially if you don’t have a wedding planner you’re going to want to have a personal attendant. Meet with this person before your wedding and walk through their duties. I recommend giving them a detailed schedule of when everything is supposed to happen so they can make sure everything flows smoothly. Having your personal attendant keep track of the time and activities really allows you and your groom to relax and not worry about where you go next or if you are running late. We were taking family pictures after our ceremony and our personal attendant kept track of our schedule and time and let our photographer know we had to meet the shuttle in 15 minutes. It was really nice that we could focus on taking the pictures and not worry about watching the clock.
3. Have Water
It’s easy to forget to drink water throughout your wedding day but it’s very important to stay hydrated. If it’s a warm day see if your personal attendant can carry around a bottle of water for you. I would also recommend having a jug of water at the reception bar. Having easy access to water for your guest is very helpful instead of having to ask the bartender.
4. Create an Actual Budget
A lot of people recommend determining a budget as your first step in wedding planning, and I completely agree. But I would recommend taking the next step and creating an actual budget spreadsheet. Make this spreadsheet as detailed as you can so you know if you are going to stay in budget and determine where you can splurge or need to save a bit. My spreadsheet had three columns – Madison average, my budget, actual spend. I then had line items for everything (flowers, invitations, postage etc.) and I went through and picked a budget for each item staying within my overall budget. Then as I purchased items for the wedding I would update it in the actually spend column.
There are a lot of things to consider and plan for your wedding. And there will probably be that moment where you will say I wish I would have done “blank” at our wedding. Hopefully one of these four examples won’t be one of those.
Have you discovered any other must haves?