|Tips & Ideas|
| When planning your wedding photos after the ceremony, remember that your guests are waiting, as is the food for the reception. Try to set aside at least half an hour for photos, more for larger weddings. Remember this time frame if you are having a buffet style reception and plan accordingly. If you are having your event catered, your caterer should be able to help you with this timeline.
Children under the age of 5 are infinitely unpredictable. If you wish to include one in your wedding, try to make their part small. Also, even the best little ones can become shy or frightened when it comes time to perform and all eyes are on them. It may be wise to arrange to have a grandparent or trusted aunt that will hold their hand and even help them if they need it. If they don't, then it is a great accomplishment for a small child to perform in front of others and they will be very excited that they were a part of something so big.
Bridal Emergency Kit - This should be taken to both the wedding and reception sites. Remember the old adage: It is better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. It should have the following items in it: a sewing kit, safety pins, small scissors, clear nail polish (for those nasty stocking runs), makeup, straws so you don't ruin your lipstick, extra stockings, hairspray, brush, comb, bobby pins, ponytailers, hairdryer, curling iron, static cling spray or dryer sheets, tissues (lots of these!!!), lint brush, baby powder, deodorant, antacid, headache medicine, breathmints, pads, bandaids, a spare pair of comfortable shoes for the bride & groom (yes, ladies - those tuxedo shoes do get very uncomfortable!!!), charged cell phone, disposable cameras for both the bridal party and the grooms party (some of the best candid shots come before the wedding while getting ready with family & friends), a list of vendors complete with phone numbers, and a wristwatch.
Barefoot weddings are all the rage! As a special gift to your bridal party as well as a treat for yourself, arrange for a manicure and pedicure on the morning of the wedding. Your bridal party will love you for it and it will help you feel more relaxed and ready for the upcoming event.
Something to consider when setting a date: The more time you have to plan, the more options you have. If you are flexible on a date when choosing a location, your odds increase dramatically of getting the location you want for your wedding.
If you are making wedding programs, consider putting a little something about each person in the wedding party such as how you met them or why they are special to you. It makes for a wonderful keepsake and it is also a nice surprise for the members of the wedding party if they don't know about it before the wedding.
If a lot of children will be in attendance at the reception, consider having a "kidzone" set up. This can include toys, coloring books, and small gifts for each. Also, using smaller chairs and tables and having foods especially for them makes it even more special. Try to resist the temptation to put this area in a corner away from everything, instead put it close to the dance floor or the grandparents as children absolutely love dancing and grandparents.
Before the rehearsal and the big day, ask a responsible, trusted person to handle any emergencies or to be the "go-to" person. Many times, the wedding coordinator is that person, but if you don't have one, this is a perfect responsibility for an aunt or close friend that is not a member of the wedding party. Make sure this person is filled on on what should be happening and when and that they have the list of vendors with phone numbers just in case. This person can also hold your cell phone before, during and after the wedding to screen your phone calls while you are busy getting ready. Trying to keep your wedding day stress-free is the goal here.
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