Even though most weddings are only a one-day affair, the planning leading up to them can be overwhelming. There are so many vendors to coordinate, people to manage, and details to attend to. It’s enough to make any bride’s head spin!
Of course you want your wedding to be the best day EVER, so obviously any bride-to-be will feel the immense pressure to make it perfect—but that doesn’t mean it has to be overwhelming or stressful. With the right hacks and wedding planning tips, your day will be smooth sailing.
We pinky swear promise!
Instead of spending your day worrying if the guests are happy, if your caterer got there on time, or if your heels are going to sink into the ground and make you trip on your walk down the aisle, you should be thinking about how happy your life will be, and that you’ll get to spend the entire night eating great food, dancing, and toasting with family and friends. And with our roundup of useful little hints, this dream can absolutely become a reality.
To make your life easier, we’ve gathered some of the most useful and practical wedding hacks that every bride should take into consideration.
To ease some of the stress and workload, here are 30 of the best wedding hacks to make your planning a whole lot smoother.
Save-the-Dates, Invitations and RSVPs:
#1 For cheaper invites, find a downloadable PDF and print it out yourself. There are also some lovely DIY invitation kits that you can design on your own & print at home. You can embellish them with ribbons, Rhinestones or décor to go with your wedding theme.
#2 Write guests' names on the back of the RSVP cards before mailing them. This will avoid any confusion if they forget to say who they are (and they usually do).
Tip: Free Online RSVPs Made for Weddings
#3 You don't need to provide an invite for each person in a household. Instead, send one invite per couple or family, addressed to all the relevant people - this will effectively cut numbers in half, as well as saving you a fortune on invites & postage!
#4 Proof read (more than once!) all your stationery before it is printed. This will spare you having to fork out twice to cover up any unfortunate typos. Enlist the spell check skills of a second pair of eyes too.
#5 When it comes to sealing the envelopes: use a thin brush and water to spare your tongue the risk of paper cuts.
TIP: If you need to re-open an envelope just put it in a freezer bag and leave to chill for two hours. You should then be able to slide it open.
Money Saving Tip: CONSIDER EFFORTLESS ONLINE WEDDING INVITATIONS AND RSVP TRACKING.
#6 Consider a venue where you can hold both your ceremony & reception. This will cut the cost of booking two separate venues, as well as time because you won't need to get from Venue A to Venue B.
#7 Use a free online table seating designer, this will mean you can move people around without having to keep starting from scratch on a new sheet of paper.
#8 Once you've found the venue, investigate what the price differences are for booking during peak-season (spring/summer) and off-season (autumn/winter), as well as between a weekend wedding and a week day celebration.
#9 Don't be afraid to ask the staff at their venue for their insights. What sort of decorations do they normally think work best and can you see photos? Where would they recommend you display the cake for maximum visibility (and safety from drunk guests)? Utilize their experience and make it work to your advantage.
#10 Before you book your venue, check that you can use suppliers other than the ones they recommend, or possible require. While it's great to work with recommendations in mind, it's also good to have the flexibility to bring in your own vendors if you choose.
#11 Weather forecast for your big day looking hot, hot, hot? Make sure your venue is able to cope with keeping your guests cool.
#12 Invest in pretty weights to stop your skirt and veil from flying up on the off chance your celebration is hit by a gust of wind (your bridesmaids might also appreciate, these too).
Tip: Heel Protectors will prevent any awkward moments & ruined heels if you have to walk on muddy grass.
#13 Be on the lookout for sample sales. Even if you've already purchased your wedding dress, they're a great way to find accessories, veils and outfits for you & the bridal party at lower prices.
#14 Don't be afraid to book trial sessions with make-up counters in department stores. This is a great way for you to try new products and work out how much you do (or don't) want to wear make-up-wise on the big day.
#15 Break in your bridal shoes with the help of socks and a hair dryer.
TIP: Wear thick socks while wearing the shoes; blast with your hair dryer to soften the leather. To minimize slippery soles, rub heels and the underside with sandpaper.
#16 Get rid of any static on your dress by slowly running the long side of a coat hanger down it (just make sure it's clean first!)!
#17 Partial to a glass of red wine…or three? Avoid the dreaded red tooth side effect by sipping on carbonated water in between mouthfuls (the bubbles will help keep your teeth clean).
#18 Wearing heels? Remember to bring a pair of flat shoes, too. As super human as you may feel on your wedding day, your feet will ultimately let you down by evenings end. Spare any hobbling horrors by bringing a pair of super-comfy flip-flops or pretty ballet shoes.
#19 Give your guests favors that are actually useful: whether it’s something that can be used at the reception (such as a customized glass they can take up to the bar), or a snack they can enjoy on their way home.
#20 Want to cut-back on the cost of your flowers? Buy blooms from wholesale markets - but only if you're confident with arranging them yourself (or have an experienced person to step up). Make sure you work this out in plenty of time before your wedding date; otherwise, if things don't work out, you'll be left scrambling to book a florist in time.
Tip: You can order your flowers online & have them shipped to your home.
#21 Bring the decorations from your ceremony over to your reception venue. This will not only cut costs but will also keep the theme seamlessly running from one location to the other.
#22 If you don’t have a videographer, ask someone to film the speeches. You'll be on such a cloud of happiness that you might not take them in properly first time round!
Tip: Wedit, LLC is a fun and interactive way to capture your total wedding experience while saving big bucks!
#23 Create a DIY photo booth area to help you cut down on the cost of hiring one; also, set up a wedding hashtag. On the subject of photography: scope out all the beautiful locations around your venue you want to have your formal pictures taken after your ceremony.
#24 Make sure your MOH has the contact info of all your vendors who you'll be awaiting deliveries from on the wedding day; this will mean you're spared hanging around on the phone when you should be getting ready.
#25 Decide ASAP what your policy on kids is, are you inviting them or not? Let your guests know as soon as you can to guarantee no one is able to pull the 'couldn't find a babysitter' card. People will only be irritated if it's a last minute decision so be upfront about your policy from the off. If you are inviting kids, have activity packs to keep them entertained throughout the duller moments of the day.
TIP: It’s acceptable to tactfully include this information on the invitation.
#26 Don't be afraid to haggle with your vendors: sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, but always try!
#27 Set up a wedding only email address, that you and your partner can both access and use to keep wedding emails separate to your day to day emails.
#28 Set up a mood board on Pinterest (like you don’t already have one, or three). Consider everything you want for your wedding day, from specific photography ideas to decoration details. Do your research and get it all down in one place to make sure you don't forget anything you want to include.
TIP: Be sure to share your boards with your wedding planner so they can get a feel for what you like.
#29 Sign up to as many money saving newsletters as possible (use your wedding email address if you want to avoid a huge influx of emails) and keep your eyes peeled for any relevant offers or discounts.
#30 Keep a detailed wedding planner. Be sure to include pockets in each section for receipts & color sample swatches.
Planning your wedding doesn't have to be stressful or cause you to mortgage your 1st house, if you plan wisely. You don't have to skimp on elegance by using smart planning hacks.
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