10 things brides often forget to do

Written by Rhea Gonsalves

Ever heard of the term ‘wedding brain’?

It’s a syndrome common among brides to be! With so much to plan in such little time, it’s natural to get stressed last minute with a bad case of ‘wedding brain’. This can be avoided if you plan in advance and make sure you meet the deadlines you set for yourself. You could always involve a wedding planner; however, doing the planning yourself gives it a personal touch. We have compiled a list of 10 things brides often forget to do.

1. Make it ‘official’

Don’t forget to bring your marriage license. You may think this one’s a no-brainer, but you often tend to overlook the obvious things when you have a million things to remember! Check with the jurisdiction about any deadlines while applying for your marriage license well in advance of your wedding date.

2. Feed your vendors well!

Be sure you remember to feed the people who are working nonstop to make your big day flawless! You’ll be expected to give your final guest count to your caterer within two weeks of your day, but don’t forget to include the number of vendors.

3. A token of celebration!

These tokens are not mandatory, but they are a fantastic detail that each of your guests will appreciate! Think about what you’ll present your guests with as a ‘thank-you’ for coming at least two months in advance of your wedding date, so that you can place the bulk order of the items in time, and also personalize each one for that finishing touch.

4. Guestbook and pens!

Include something for your guests to leave their well-wishes for you upon arriving at your reception. Also, don’t forget the pens!

5. Keep your invites handy!

Brides should remember to pack at least one full invitation suite and any other stationery details (rehearsal dinner invites, sangeet invites,save-the-dates, etc.) that were mailed out during the engagement to bring with them in the bridal prep suite on the day of the wedding.

6. Book your team of Mehendi artistes in advance!

If you’re planning a big fat Indian wedding, remember to look up talented Mehendi artists well in advance so that you can book them. Remember to give a proper head count.

7. Cake cutting!

When packing up your items to be placed at the reception, be sure to remember to pack your cake knife (and keep the original packaging to avoid breakage) so that this detail will not be overlooked.

8. Charge your electronics!

Remember to have your electronics charged and ready to go! If you’re planning on using your iPod for any part of the reception, make a playlist, make sure you have the right charger and the correct connection to your band’s or DJ’s sound system. Also, keep your phone charged overnight.

9. Don’t forget your Passport and identification!

Speaking of honeymoon, be sure your passport and driver’s license are up to date and packed safely in your carry-on luggage. Airport security will not let you get on the plane with expired identification, so be sure you have taken care of this detail one month before your wedding.

10. Give back some love!

Your vendors have worked really hard to make your dream day possible. Show them some love with a heart-warming online review!
Weddings are the most magical occasions known to man, however, if not planned well, they can be a recipe for a disaster. Keep this checklist handy to avoid any goof-ups on your special day.

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