It’s easy to find completely outlined wedding timelines offering up advice on which each phase of planning should be started and completed and they’re very helpful to brides-to-be. However, there are some tips and tricks not always included on those timelines that may also help those brides avoid common disasters.
Ordering Well in Advance is Best
There are some timelines that suggest giving yourself a month or two to order favors, dresses or anything else for the wedding, but experts suggest giving yourself even longer. For instance, wedding favors should be ordered as soon as the guest list has been created, even before all of the RSVPs return. Brides to be should plan for every guest to show up! While it’s likely that not every invited guest will make it, there’s always the chance a guest will bring more than the expected plus one.
This is true for clothing as well, because not only do you need time for alterations but there’s always the risk of receiving an incorrect item when ordering online.
Have Vendors Deliver in Sets
Those that will be handling projects like wedding invitation calligraphy or hand-crafted wedding favors should be asked to provide items in batches. For instance, asking for 20 invitations at a time is a great idea. This will ensure that the work is being completed on schedule and that the bride will not be left at the last minute wondering where all 150 invitations are.
Decorate Away from the Venue
All of the decor items that are needed should be completed long before the day of the wedding. Items that can be constructed and transported easily should be ready to go, and only the items that absolutely cannot be constructed in advance should wait until the day of the wedding. If the bridal arch will have a garland of faux flowers, the garland should be created in advance, etc. This will ensure that things go smoothly on the day of the wedding and there are no surprise catastrophes.
By keeping these things in mind, brides can avoid some of the more common timeline problems and issues. Please give us your opinion in our comment section below! Do you know of a bride who had a disaster that could have been avoided with a little extra planning ahead? We’d love to hear about it and help warn other brides not to experience the same fate!