Weddings. Usually, couples and families can spend thousands to have a beautiful wedding. Even with all the planning, there are a few things that are often overlooked:
1. Train your little munchkins!
Kids are wonderful, however, they don't understand why all the adults in the room are staring at them as they come down the aisle. They freak out and have to be grabbed up by a family member to comfort them. While it's great for breaking the tension, it's awful for the wedding party photos after the ceremony (and, I guess, the kid's fragile psyche.) Red eyes and runny noses are not how you want to remember your ring bearer or flower girl, right?
What to do: have the parents run a few trials. How? Wedding rehearsal, church service, family parties, anywhere with a lot of people. It might seem like a burden, but if you're stuck on including kids in your ceremony, it's almost a necessity!
2. Have the officiant ask your guests to be seated.
This will be a saving grace to your guests and photographer! Usually, the guests stand when the bride makes her entrance, but sometimes, the officiant forgets to tell everyone to have a seat. This can be problematic if your photographer has to stand in the back.
What to do: when talking with your officiant day of, make sure he knows to ask everyone to sit after the bride reaches the altar. If all else fails, you can always elbow them in the ribs, right?! Jk, don't don't do that.
3. Have someone get to the reception venue first to make sure people don't eat before you get there.
Ideally, the time while the couple and wedding party are being photographed doubles as a cocktail hour, which can take the edge off your guest's hunger and thirst. Not every couple incorporates a cocktail hour, so the guests are allowed into the reception space during photo time. This is usually fine, but for buffet-style receptions, guests may take it upon themselves to start eating. This can sometimes result in the couple and their attendants to miss out on desserts or some other foods.
What to do: find a runner. You need someone there to head off the guests and keep them from eating the buffett before you get there. You don't want to starve them, so keep the drinks and simple appetizers on the tables to curb the munchies until you can make your big entrance.
4. Iron/ steam your tablecloths!
Wrinkled and creased tablecloths are ugly. Period. They take away from the gorgeous decor you meticulously put together.
What to do: don't open the packaging while you're setting up, do it a week beforehand and iron or steam the wrinkles and creases out. This is a great idea for a bridesmaid's night, right?
5. Keep the kiddos occupied
Receptions equal candles, usually. It can also equal shards of glass after a little cutie patootie knocks a glass or candle holder off a table. Hands in the cake? You better hope not. Running circles around the DJ booth? Gotta be kiddin'. I've seen some kids do some weird stuff. Like the little boy who did a spot-on impression of a slug with his tongue on the floor for more than 10 minutes. Kids get bored.
What to do: have a kids area packed with coloring books, games, crafts... Heck, the first wedding I shot had an inflatable bounce house! Whaaaaaat?! It's also best if a couple of parents can watch the kids, too.
I hope these 5 quick tips help you on your wedding day! What are some wedding tips you've picked up along the way?