You know I love a bard wedding but this one may just take the cake! I love the modern twist with the light blue and gold accent color scheme, elegant draping and white barn backdrop. It brings a fresh, modern vibe to the farm table without a speck of burlap or a single mason jar in sight. Obsessing over the brides shoes and gorgeous ivory bouquet. What do you love most about this modern barn wedding?
I get it. You need to cut corners somewhere. Buttttt… if you aren’t hiring a wedding planner to help you throughout the planning and decision making process, don’t assume you won’t need a day-of wedding planner. This person can be from a wedding planner’s list of day-of services or an on-site wedding coordinator on property. Either way, you’ll need this person on the day-of. Here’s why you’ll need a day-of wedding planner at the very least.
CREATE YOUR TIMELINE
Your on-site coordinator knows your venue best, from how long it will take to move guests from the ceremony to cocktail hour, where the band should set up, what time each vendor needs to be there, what time they need to break down and so on. Do yourself a BIG favor and let the on-site coordinator create your wedding day-of timeline.
PROP STORAGE AND SET-UP
Whether your wedding is local or a destination, you’ll be bringing a car full of things or shipping boxes directly to the venue. You’ll have a whole lot of props and items to complete your wedding. Think the wedding favors, decor items, signage, your guest book, the list goes on. The on-site coordinator can store the items and then do the assembly and set-up of your signs, tables, linens, decor items, favors, etc.
COORDINATE WITH OTHER VENDORS
Leave it to your day-of planner to assemble a list of all of your vendors, contact information and determine where and when they need to be there. Let the on-site coordinator make the introductions if the cake designers needs flowers from the florist for example.
MAKE SURE YOU ARE WHERE YOU NEED TO BE AT ALL TIMES
Once you have your wedding timeline, you’d be surprised how mapped out everything is down to the minute. From when the cake cutting is, to the father-daughter dance and garter toss is. You will need someone to pull you in each direction to make sure you accomplish every activity on your timeline and not go past the venue’s curfew.
When it comes to registering for the Big Day, thinking about turning that house into a home is key. Which is why you should talk about the things that are uniquely you as a couple. Here’s the ultimate Q&A sesh to get you moving in the right direction to make your registry perfect for your first home together. From the when to the where to the how much, I’ve got you totally covered. Here’s all your wedding registry questions answered.
WHEN SHOULD I START TO CREATE MY REGISTRY?
Grab those scanners and start registering EARLY. Whether that’s right after saying “Yes!” to the one you love, or a few months later, you’ll want those details finalized at least six months before the big day. And you can always add more as your guests start purchasing. This will make it incredibly helpful for guests to conveniently purchase items for that engagement bash, bridal shower and wedding at a variety of price points.
HOW MANY PLACES SHOULD I REGISTER AT?
In short? 2-3 stores. You want to make this as easy as possible for your guests whether they are shopping online or in stores. Your guests will likely pick the easiest one for them to shop at in their area or online.
SHOULD I REGISTER ONLINE OR IN-STORE?
The short answer? Both. Registering online is so simple and so easy, so it makes total sense to start your registry from the comfort of your very own home. Set everything up while relaxing in your yoga pants, then schedule a time to meet with a personal consultant at the store so you can see and touch everything you’re choosing. Once you’ve added everything you’ll need in-store, you can continue to manage and add items from anywhere in the world from the stores wedding registry app.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I REGISTER FOR?
Cultivating the perfect registry? Research is so important. Which means sitting down with your personal consultant and really figuring out what you need now and in the future. Think entertaining must-haves, luxury bedding, kid-friendly place settings and even extra glassware for those slip-ups in the kitchen. And don’t be afraid to add those big ticket items for group purchases. Remember, having extraitems on your registry is better than having too little – you can always pick up those must-haves for yourself later.
HOW AND WHERE SHOULD I ADVERTISE MY WEDDING REGISTRY TO MY GUESTS?
Your gorgeous wedding website is the perfect place to share your registry info with your nearest and dearest. You don’t need to add it to your wedding invitations also. Just be sure to add your wedding website to your formal invitations and they’ll surely find it!
WHEN DO I SEND THANK YOU’S TO MY GUESTS?
Your guests are helping you and yours start an amazing new life together… thanking them immediately is customary. Helpful tip? Wedding registry apps typically have a thank you card manager to track your gifts and the senders. A lot of guests will send gifts directly to your house before the wedding. Start opening your gifts and send out your thank yous right away.
You might think the last month before your wedding will be crunch time—but the last thing you should be doing is ‘crunching’ in a ton of Big Day to do’s. Instead, you should be enjoying a spa day, a date night with your soon-to-be or scouting fun things to do on your honeymoon. From last-minute beauty updates to neglecting your guests, make sure to avoid making these mistakes in your final countdown! Here are 5 mistakes not to make before your wedding.
DRASTIC BEAUTY CHANGES
From trying a new hair color, to a self tanner your’re not familiar with, etc. This is a bad idea. Stick with what you know or leave it to the professionals! Step up your game with makeup primers that last all day and eyelashes with a super glue that keeps them on all day! If you do want to amp up your look, make sure you test it out in advance to make sure you love it.
NOT ENLISTING HELP
Girls, I hear you. You really want to take care of it all to make sure it goes smoothly (and exactly how YOU want). But that’s exactly how stress starts to creep in and your idea of a perfect wedding day goes wrong. You can’t do it all. Put trust in your bridal party to help you where needed. Make sure you read this post on what every person in your bridal party is responsible for.
NEGLECTING YOUR GUESTS
Your guests traveled far to be there for your special day. Make it a point to at least say hello to every guest on your wedding day. In preparation create a wedding website so they have more than enough information and of course send them a thank you note for coming.
NOT PLANNING A PHOTOGRAPHY TIMELINE
This is something your photographer should chat with you about in advance, but remember to keep in mind the flow of your wedding day and where you’ll fit in those photo planned getting ready moments, first look, portraits, etc. You might really want to attend your cocktail hour after the ceremony rather than taking photos for an hour. You might not want traditional family portraits at all! Keep these things in mind and come up with a plan before the Big Day, rather than day of. Here is a wedding planning timeline sample.
NOT MAKING HONEYMOON ARRANGEMENTS
All of the focus is on your wedding day, as it should be. But if you’re leaving for your honeymoon shortly after, make sure not to forget all of the details that goes with planning your trip away. Create a packing list, make sure your fur babies have boarding booked or neighbor to pick up your mail and water the plants, etc. It’s easy to forget these to do’s that seem impossible to neglect when you go on a regular vacation, but not surprising that it might fall by the wayside with wedding tasks on the brain.