1. Map out a timetable of everything you need to do, and stick to it because a lack of planning will almost certainly guarantee chaos.
• Appeal firmly to the wedding party and relatives that you want in the photos to go immediately to these locations so that you don’t waste precious time rounding them up once they’re scattered all over the property.
• All your other guests are waiting patiently for the photography session to be finished. They’re all ready to celebrate with you so have all the shots you would like preplanned in your contract with the photographer.
• You shouldn’t forget either that your caterer is depending on you to stick to your schedule so that the food will be at its peak.
• Get everything in writing. Including quotes, booking confirmations, lists of services booked descriptions and of all the goods ordered.
2. Both of you should expect some wedding day nerves. It’s quite normal for the bride and the groom to get the heebie-jeebies just before the wedding. Wedding day nerves are similar to those you can get before you’re do to make a speech or a major presentation. It will make your heart race and your hands shake. The trick is in recognizing, that this is really just nerves and then try to control and managing those nerves. They are simply your body’s way of preparing for something special. Try to relax in front of this doorway that will lead you to a new special life together.
3. Prepare an emergency kit and have it near at the church and the reception. For the day of the wedding the bag contain an emergency pair of this and that, plus white chalk for touching up smudges on white shirts, blouses, and dresses. An assorted size of safety pins, a spool of white and dark thread with hand sewing needles and a small pair of scissors for those would be tears etc. A stick of deodorant, a small package of Kleenex and a small vial of Tylenol.
4. Don’t plan to leave on your honeymoon immediately. This invites disappointment and ill feelings since both of you will be extremely exhausted right after the wedding. Wait a few days, open gifts, sleep in late, slow down and rest before you pack and take off on your honeymoon.
5. To wrap it all up –
• have patience,
• plan it all, and write it all down,
• get contracts with all the details in writing,
• delegate and divide work up into teams,
• make compromises when it’s needed,
• don’t rush and give yourself months and months to organize,
• enjoy the planning process itself, its not just a matter of getting married it’s also about the fun trip to get there,
• never assume anything, check, and double check for all contingencies, emergencies and possible snags,
• plan how you could cope and overcome some of these things if they were to happen.
You’ll find that many books have been written about Wedding Planning and they’re all filled with innumerable helpful tips. Study them and take the hints that fit in the best with your wedding to heart.