Here are a few tips for making your day stress free (or close to it!)
A shuttle is a great way to get all your guests to your venue simply. It keeps excess cars off the road, provides a safe ride home at the end of the night (and a few too many drinks), and it helps to get your guests to leave the venue at closing time. However, there is one trick! Many people plan to have one smaller shuttle do multiple departure times. While this may seem like a great idea, rarely do guests opt to leave on the “early” bus. This can obviously cause a problem when it is final shut down time and you are left with 100 guests to fit onto one 20 passenger bus!
You can avoid this by pre-assigning your shuttle guests with departure times. Make if fun by giving fun names to the departure time… “dating bus”, “engaged bus”, “hitched bus”. Or some other silly names. Alternately, you can have the DJ announce departure times by telling guests that if they have been married for over 20 years, they are on the first bus. And then on down the line. Or… make it really easy and just get one BIG bus!
Photos can take a LONG time! Don’t leave your guests hanging while you have a 3 hour photo shoot! Take the bulk of your photos before the ceremony. (you can still avoid seeing your betrothed until after the ceremony). Get efficient: Ask your photographer for a photo wish list so you can make sure to capture the pictures you really want. Make this list available to your photographer and coordinator so we can help locate the people you want in the pictures in a timely manner.
Consider ordering lunch for your bridal party! Snacks, sandwiches and drinks keep everyone happy and prevent the wobbles during the ceremony! And balance out any pre-event drinking!
Ceremony line up
A few choices to consider: Some people like to have their attendants walk down as couples. Others prefer to have them walk alone. Also, you can line up the attendants starting from the outside and working in, or the other way… just things to think about. No right or wrong here!
If you have friends or family who want to be involved in your big day, consider asking them to help with set-up. We keep it fun and they feel part of the big day. And it really helps to get things done efficiently!
Stay tuned for part 2 of Planning Tricks