As with any wedding,(ask any past bride) there are things that don’t always go as expected. Of course, on the day of this might cause an already stressed out bride to worry even more! For this post, I want to discuss how to avoid these day of decor dilemmas. It’s important to start off by saying, don’t worry so much. I know-easier said than done. Believe me, these problems are usually so small your guests won’t even notice. My wedding had a few of these decor dilemmas, and I’d like to discuss what I learned works best.
Bring all decor about a week before the wedding: Any box, basket, centerpiece, cocktail hour item I had with me was labeled and organized. I had all of the sweetheart table items in one box, the cake table in another, etc. The week before the wedding, I brought over all items and reviewed everything with the wedding coordinator and her assistant. Most venues will have an extra room where you can store items prior to your wedding. Usually you have access to this room between 5-7 days before the big day. Make sure to utilize it! Now despite labeling everything and placing all decor in the same room, the staff forgot to use all of the decorations i had planned on. Now did any of my guests notice? Nope. Only I knew, and although, I was a little upset, it really didn’t matter in the end.
Bring extra supplies: There is always a chance that something could go missing or a piece could break off a centerpiece/decor item. Therefore, it is important to have extra place cards, pens, any pearls, sequins, etc handy just in case they are needed. I recommend bringing scissors, tape, and a hot glue gun just to have as back up tools as well. These small items can really help out with any last-minute fix-its before the wedding starts! Prior to the wedding keep these items in your car, to avoid forgetting to pack them. At my wedding a few beads and lettering fell of of one of my items. If I had these supplies accessible, this could have been an easy fix! So please- learn from my mistake!
Teach your MOH, mother, or helpful wedding guest: If you have someone in your life that is creative, make sure to utilize them with all aspects of the wedding decor. For me that was my mom and a few of my friends. Now, as a bride, you will be extremely busy and overwhelmed throughout the day. The last thing you need to be doing is setting up, rearranging, or fixing any wedding decor. I recommend telling one or two of these creative people how you envision your big day. Since they know you better any wedding coordinator, they will want to make sure the room looks exactly how you envisioned it. Teach them about your decor, demonstrate how to do things, and even make a map/layout of the room and where you want things to go. This will be helpful for them and save you a lot of work in the end!
Bottom line: Preparation and detailed instructions are key. It will help with planning a very smooth and successful day! Of course, as I said before, there may be small details that aren’t perfect. As long as only you notice it, don’t worry about it. Go have fun and enjoy your big day!