When you are wedding planning, it’s so easy to forget about the little things. You have so much to take care of, and some days it feels like there are just not enough hours in the day to get everything done.
As necessary as it is for you to know what flowers you want, or how many guests you can expect, there are plenty of other details that need your attention too.
But wedding planning is multi-faceted and there are sure to be details that slip your mind, especially some of the behind-the-scenes details.
The fact is, even the most careful bride can forget something. To avoid potential problems and inconveniences, we’ve put together this list of things that brides usually forget on their wedding day.
Account for these items and your special day should be smooth sailing!
10 Things the Bride Usually Forgets on her Wedding Day
1. Wedding Rings
Your finger probably already has a gorgeous engagement ring around it, but it is essential to remember wedding bands for you and your partner to exchange during your wedding ceremony.
You should order your wedding bands early since most bands need to be customized to fit your finger, and you will want to be sure that they are back in time for the wedding.
2. Post-Wedding Transportation for the Newlyweds
You and your partner will likely have gotten a ride to your wedding venue and reception, and as a result, you may not have vehicle access when the wedding is over.
A wedding checklist item that many brides forget is arranging a ride from the reception to your final destination—hotel, airport, or home.
Adding this will mean that you are not scrambling to find a ride at the end of the wedding!
3. Bustling Your Wedding Dress
When purchasing your wedding gown you have a lot to consider—style, silhouette, material, color, and more. When you find your dream gown, it might have a bustle, which means you will want to bustle it after the ceremony and photos are taken.
You may want to consider bringing a friend with you to one of your gown fittings. The tailor can show you how to bustle it so that you can do it on your wedding day. Since wedding gown bustling can be difficult, you need someone who can quickly perform the task so you can rejoin your guests for the reception.
4. Planning for the Wedding Gown
Trying on and deciding on a dream wedding dress is exciting, and most brides think that paying for the dress means that it comes home that day. Most wedding gowns are specially ordered in your size, which means you should anticipate waiting for the gown to come in.
If you are set on a custom couture gown by Viero Bridal, the gown is being created with your exact measurements, so you will have to wait here as well. Most wedding gowns require alterations and multiple fittings. Alterations will make your wedding gown look like it was made for your body, but this can also be costly.
Make sure you include the cost of alterations in your overall wedding budget, leave enough time for your wedding gown to arrive, and for any subsequent alterations and fittings.
5. Asking Someone to Transport Your Wedding Gown
Your wedding gown is something you spent considerable time and money on so you will want to make sure its whereabouts are accounted for!
After the wedding, you may want to ask one of your bridesmaids, a family member, or close friends to take your dress home. You may want to ask the same person to be responsible for returning a rented tuxedo.
This is especially important if you are leaving for a honeymoon immediately following the wedding. If you are using a wedding planner, they may offer this as a service, so inquire when negotiating the contract.
Otherwise, ensure that you don’t forget to make arrangements for these important items.
It would help if you gave your wedding accessories some thought since you may require different accessories for multiple wedding events—showers, brunches, bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners, and, not to forget, the main event, your wedding.
Remember to try on your accessories with your wedding gown. You may need to make some adjustments to the length, style, or color, and you won’t know until you see them with your wedding gown.
After everything is chosen, pack them in a designated bag that you will bring with you to wherever it is you are getting dressed for the wedding. It will be one less thing to think about in the hustle and bustle of organizing!
7. Pre-Wedding Food
Forgetting to eat on your wedding day is very common, but it shouldn’t be. When you are creating your wedding checklist, include pre-wedding food.
Since your wedding day will be fast-paced and hectic, eat a good breakfast before starting the day. You may want to provide some snacks and plenty of water while you are doing hair and makeup. Grazing foods ensure that everyone has an opportunity to eat but remains a part of the getting ready process.
Ordering a few charcuterie boards, fruit and vegetable trays, and some baked goods to have on hand will help avoid sending someone to a drive-thru to pick up fast food at the last minute, or even worse, not eating at all.
8. Marriage License
A marriage license is something that can easily slip your mind, especially when you have focused so much on arranging everything else. However, your wedding won’t be official without it.
The first step is to research how long it takes to obtain a marriage license in your state. Some states require that you have the license for weeks before your wedding, while others simply need it for one day. It is crucial to know the local or state laws for getting married because your marriage may not be legal without it.
9. Arranging Hotels
It is always appreciated by out-of-town guests when you arrange for a block of hotel rooms to be set aside. Typically, wedding guests will receive a special rate for booking. If you have many out-of-town guests, you may want to inquire at different hotels with various price points to suit everyone.
As an added touch, creating welcome bags for your out-of-town guests is a thoughtful surprise. Pick up some specialties local to the area, like cheeses, treats, and self-care items, along with a map of the area with instructions for transportation, restaurants, and local attractions.
Throw in some snacks and children’s items (if appropriate), and your guests will be thrilled.
10. Asking Someone to Care for the Personal Items
You will likely have gifts, wedding decor, and other items that need to be transported to safety. Choose a reliable person to remove these items when the wedding ends so you are not worried about anything left behind.
You will be exhausted at the end of the day, and the last thing you want to do is gather up wedding decor, gifts, and personal items in your wedding gown.
Let Viero Bridal Make Things Easier
When you take a step back and look at the big picture, it becomes clear that there are just two kinds of wedding details: things you can’t forget and things you will probably forget.
The more time you spend worrying about the larger details, the more likely you are to miss the smaller ones.
Viero Bridal knows how crucial even the most minor details of your wedding are, which is why we make the dress buying experience as easy as possible.
Visit one of our flagship wedding dress boutiques in New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, or Los Angeles to see our collection of couture gowns.
If you don’t find exactly what you are looking for, consider building the dress of your dreams with our custom dress option.
Book your appointment today and get started!