Your wedding day is going to be wonderful, magical, off the charts the best day and best wedding anyone has ever been to, right? Well if that is your goal and that is your wish, then before making wedding plans, you might want to review what NOT to do!
Because brides and grooms before you have set out to make the most incredible wedding experience too and flopped on their wedding cake because they didn’t take these unforeseen and unexpected issues into consideration.
So in advance of picking your wedding date, the place and the guest list, take a look at some of the biggest wedding blunders that will keep your wedding day from being a smooth walk down the aisle.
1. Location, Location, Location
Sure everyone loves the idea of a destination wedding. But how easy is your destination wedding to get to? If guests have to take a plane to a boat to a jitney they might be cursing you before they even arrive at your wedding. Getting there and what your guests need to do to get there are important details you as the bride and groom should consider.
2. Timing is Everything
You may be an early riser and think a sunrise wedding on the beach would be the most magical way to start your wedding day, but your guests who value their sleep and their beds, might not agree with you. Asking your wedding guests to dramatically alter their sleep routine should be tread on lightly. No matter how much your friends and family love you, they may less than love getting up at the butt-crack of dawn to see you say, “I do!”
3. Planes, Trains and Automobiles
When researching wedding venues keep in mind that the nearest obstruction may be behind you…or above you. Is your desired wedding venue near an airport? Is your chosen Chapel near a construction site? Is the rocking reception hall adjacent to a freeway? Some of these may be obvious, but you should ask your wedding planner or anyone showing you wedding venues about other hidden distractions or noise you cannot see so you can make an informed decision.
4. Comfort is Key
Are you planning an outdoor wedding or reception? Whether you are planning a beach wedding, a boat wedding or other outside wedding event, plan for any and all weather-related “emergencies” in advance. Top of the list are bugs, mosquitoes, wind, rain, humidity and dropping temperatures. You don’t want your wedding guests swatting, sweating or shivering during your wedding service or at the wedding reception. Comfort is the key to your guests happiness and enjoyment.
5. Happy Holidays
Holiday weddings are a big to-do. Not only for the bride and groom but for the wedding guests. Some wedding guests might not appreciate your wedding taking place on a major holiday weekend when they had other plans. Holiday weddings can definitely mean more fun, but they can also mean more of everything else – more traffic, more lines, more waiting, more money, more guests declining.
6. Long Words Journey Into Night
Another faux pas to avoid is having a ceremony that is too long. Wedding guests want a quick pass to the food and drinks. Making them sit through an hour or 2-hour ceremony to get there will only make them irritable and sleepy. If you hear snoring from the altar, you are in violation of this wedding blunder. Do not pass go. Do not kiss the bride.
7. Seeing is Believing
Speaking of wedding ceremonies, being able to see your wedding vows is a key criteria for guests enjoying your moment and your exchange of love. If wedding guests can’t see the action of the bride and groom exchanging vows because a videographer or photographer or tree is blocking their view, than you just got rsvp’d an annoyed guest.
8. Starvin Marvin
Under any and all circumstances, do not starve the wedding guests or there will be mutiny at your marriage. Having too little food or not enough food during cocktails or dinner is a crummy idea. So is serving dinner at midnight. If your guests are not fed properly or they are made to wait an unacceptable amount of time to be served the main course, then you should expect some casualties.
9. Chicken, Fish or Tofu?
More and more people these days have either food allergies or dietary concerns and beliefs that may not fall into the blueprint standard wedding food fare. The key here is to know your guests and know if they have any food issues. Is your bridesmaid vegan? Does your groomsman have gluten allergies? Are your sister’s kids picky eaters? Taking your guests into careful consideration when planning your wedding food menu goes a long way to winning points and getting rave reviews for your wedding reception.
10. Have Fun!
The bride and groom set the tone for the entire wedding. If you’re having fun, chances are your guests are having fun! Especially if and when a mishap or wedding flub occurs, laugh through it! Smile and the world smiles with you!
Leslie Nazarian is a designer and illustrator. Her whimsical designs can be found on an assortment of gift products including bride t-shirts and save the date cards.
Her wedding shop, http://www.lesrubaweddings.com, offers unique, customizable wedding t-shirts, favors and gifts for the bride, groom and wedding attendants.