Today I am highlighting three of the things I wish I knew before I began planning my wedding. Taking care of these three things before you walk down the aisle will save you some major time.
- If you plan to have toasts at your rehearsal dinner, you will need to tell those speakers in advance. I thought ahead to our best man and maid-of-honor speeches, which happened at the actual wedding, but didn’t really think about who might want to say something at our rehearsal dinner- and several of our friends volunteered. You can keep your toasts to a minimum. Pro-tip: don’t forget to plan for a microphone- or even slideshow equipment (our best man requested one).
2. Thank-you gifts. While gifts for your bridal party are not mandatory, it’s definitely a nice gesture. Many of these people have taken time out of their busy schedules to celebrate with you. They have paid to have alterations done to their bridesmaids dress – and tuxes have been rented. A nice gift is a great way to show your appreciation. It doesn’t have to be extravagant – or can even be as simple as a thank-you note (Some of my favorite wedding stationery is here).
3. Designate someone to tip your vendors. To tip or not to tip is a whole other issue we will address later. We erred on the side of caution, and did tip our vendors. If you have a wedding coordinator, make sure to have cash tips on hand for your coordinator to give to vendors the day of your wedding. Think: limo drivers, florist, caterer, pastry chef, etc…. I also designated my maid of honor to hand out tips to vendors who might come to the room while we were getting ready (florist, hair and makeup). Knowing that these people who so graciously helped us prepare for our wedding were taken care of with a little extra money – put me at peace and allowed me to enjoy the day!
And, in case you are new here, here is the post I suggest starting with when it comes to budgeting for a wedding.