5 Things Couples Forget to Do on Their Wedding Day

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Weddings are undeniably a special day in someone’s life, but that doesn’t mean they’re not a bit hectic from start to finish. With so much excitement, emotion, and activity, your wedding day is bound to pass by in the blink of an eye! With that being said, many couples have a number of things that they forgot to do on their big day, simply because of the craziness of it all. Add these commonly missed items to your to-do list and plan ahead to ensure they don’t fall through the cracks on your wedding day.

1. Tipping the Vendors

Your wedding day will likely be one of the only days you’ll see many of your vendors in person. For that reason, it’s important to tip them that day if you’re opting to do so. With everything else going on, though, many couples forget to do this, and then after the big day are stuck finding a way to get the cash to their vendors.

The fix for this is to plan ahead. Dole out the tip money in envelopes ahead of time. Label them accordingly. Then, ask one member of the wedding party—this is a good job for a groomsman or maybe a father of the bride or groom—to be in charge of distributing tips. This takes it off your plate on a day where you have a lot of other items to worry about!

2. Giving Details to the Photographer

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Your wedding photographer is in charge of taking photos of everything having to do with your big day, from the smallest detail to the largest. However, they can’t take pictures of the little, special touches if you don’t give them the heads-up or the resources to do so. Things like your invitation suite, all three rings, your shoes and jewelry, and any other unique touches should all be provided to your photographers to shoot. This can be easy to forget on the big day.

To fix this issue, make a list ahead of time explaining all of these little touches to be photographed. Put together a bag of detail items, such as a copy of your invitations, to hand over to your photographer as soon as they arrive.

3. Fueling Yourself

As we mentioned, your wedding day will be a busy one. To ensure you have the fuel to make it through the day without letting exhaustion hit, you’ll want to make sure you eat a real meal or two. This may sound silly, but it’s not uncommon for brides and grooms to forget this vital part of the day.

To ensure you have the energy you need on this important day, order meals ahead of time to be delivered to the getting-ready suites. Also have a basket of high protein snacks ready for everyone to munch on throughout the day. And have a big water bottle on hand to stay hydrated, too!

4. Taking in the Atmosphere

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You worked hard to plan every detail of your wedding, but it’s not uncommon for couples to forget to take in the details of their big day. Make sure to ask your venue if you can get a sneak peek of the reception area before guests enter it so you can see how wonderfully it all turned out.

5. Taking Time for Yourselves

Everyone will want a minute with the couple of the hour at your wedding, but don’t let that make you forget the most important thing: taking time to yourselves! Your wedding day is one you’ll never get back, and it’s centered around you becoming husband and wife. Make sure you spend time together to celebrate and revel in this special moment.

To ensure this occurs, schedule in some special “alone” time. This can easily be done between your ceremony and reception or you can steal away a few moments while you’re taking your wedding portraits. This is also another reason to consider doing a first look.

Throughout your day, delegate as much as you can to your wedding party—that’s what they’re there for!—to ensure you have the maximum amount of time to enjoy such a special milestone in your life. And, if there’s anything you do end up forgetting, don’t sweat it, as you certainly won’t have been the first couple to do so!

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