Step 1. Have a Plan

You may not even want to think about it, but … you need a timeline for your wedding day.  You may hope that you could get by without one and that people would just know what to do, but they don’t.

 Without a timeline be prepared to be asked 50 questions by 50 different people. You can’t focus on being a bride when you are answering questions and trying to delegate and make sure all of your tasks are being completed on your wedding day. The amount of stress and frustration this causes is nothing you want to feel on one of the most important days of your life.

If you don’t know where to start when creating a timeline, consider hiring a wedding coordinator. A wedding coordinator differs from a wedding planner. A wedding coordinator creates and executes the timeline for your wedding day. They makes notes of all the details and ensure every person, place, and thing is in place and on time. If you can’t afford one, conduct some research on wedding day timelines, forge a plan that makes sense for your details, and place a trustworthy friend with a pleasant demeanor in charge of executing it. A wedding coordinator will have more experience than a friend and this experience can help you prepare for things you wouldn’t know to prepare for… but if you’re in a pinch any plan beats no plan.

Step 2. Communicate

Every event has several moving parts. It is important for the integrity of your event and your peace of mind, that everyone involved knows what their responsibilities are and when to execute them. Your venue coordinator (different than a wedding coordinator, a venue coordinator coordinates the venue aspect and the wedding coordinator takes care of all things concerning details and people) needs know when you arrive so the venue is unlocked and prepped. Your bridal party needs to know what time to arrive so they can place decor and have enough time to get their hair done. Your groom’s parents need to know what time to dressed and ready for photos. Letting everyone know who, what, when, and where will put them at ease. Create a copy of your timeline and share with all your peeps, your bridal party, parents, vendors so everyone has access to your game plan.

Step 3. Make Time to Pack

It’s so tempting to put things off, but then you have to scramble to pack. This increases your stress level and the likelihood that you’ll arrive at the venue without everything you need, like the cardbox that took you two weeks to make or something super vital like your veil. (Yes this has actually happened)

Pack like items with like items. Put all ceremony items in one box and label it. You won’t be ( or at least you shouldn’t be ) the one setting it out so labels are important for your helpers. Put all reception gear together, centerpieces in one box, table numbers together with card holders, ect. This avoids the search and seizure mentally. Make it a point to pack your car the night before your rehearsal dinner so you can start the festivities with a light task list.

Just these three things will help create a game plan so everyone knows how your wedding day will flow and what they can do to help. By having and implementing a timeline, you can be sure that your wedding day will be your best day. And the best news ever – you actually get to enjoy it.