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Things You Forget When Planning a Wedding

Updated: Feb 21, 2020

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Don't let these wedding details fall through the cracks.

written by Jillian Kramer and Kristi Kellogg Updated Jan 23, 2020

There are a million and one things to plan when it comes to a wedding. So is it any surprise that one or two or even twenty-five wedding details might fall through the cracks? "Planning a wedding—whether big or small—can be extremely overwhelming, especially when juggling a full-time job," explains Lynn Easton, owner of Easton Events. "Planning a wedding is essentially a full-time job. There are so many details and so many people, vendors, and logistics that have to be managed, so it's not hard to believe that sometimes a detail here and there gets overlooked."

The 50 Mistakes Brides Always Make

Here, expert wedding planners break down the top things you forget when planning a wedding. With any luck, this list will save you from forgetting these details, too.

1. Have a Contingency Plan for Bad Weather

"Many couples forget to have a plan B in case of inclement weather. Sometimes this is not taking into account how hot and sunny it will be, severe cold fronts, or even rain. They often get so wrapped up in the beauty of their venue they just forget to have a contingency plan," says Kim Sayatovic, founder of Belladeux Event Design. Brides should find out the historical temperature and weather to have realistic expectations of what to expect, and make arrangements for what will happen if the weather is less than ideal.

2. Know When the Sun Will Set

Sunset is a golden hour for photographs and it might be a time your wedding photographer would like to pull you outside for some magically lit photos. If you know what time the sun will be setting, you can make sure you'll be available rather than say, cutting the cake.

3. Arrange Transportation for Your Bridal Party

"They'll often leave the hotel—or wherever they're getting ready—at a different time than the bride and groom, but earlier than the rest of the guests," explains Alia Wilson, planner and designer for Firefly Events.

4. Designate Someone to Be the Day-Of Point Person

"A first point of contact for your wedding vendors is essential. Brides sometimes forget this because they assume they will [just answer their cell phone] but it's already going to be a whirlwind day for them. There's no need to add more responsibilities to their list," says wedding planner Emily Sullivan, owner of Emily Sullivan Events. "Instead, select a close friend, family member, or someone from the wedding party to be the first point of contact. Yes, you may have to be pulled into decisions but let someone else be the one to take the call."

5. Budget for Gratuity

"Gratuity is often overlooked during the budget planning process, especially if you don't have a planner to guide you," says Sullivan. "When looking at the costs of your catering, for example, remember that typically you'd want to include an 18-22 percent gratuity on top of the final bill. You'll also want to be mindful of tips for wedding professionals the day of the event. While it is certainly not required, it is appreciated if someone has gone above and beyond. In this instance, prepare in advance with tips (cash or check are usually both fine) in envelopes and designate someone to distribute them."

The Complete List of Which Wedding Vendors to Tip—and How Much

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