Spring is in the air, which means it’s officially wedding planning season! According to research, 31% of couples marry in the summertime, while another 36% marry in the fall. Either way, you’re likely in the thick of wedding planning in the springtime.
With so much on your mind, it’s easy to forget some important details. So here are four things to remember as you move forward into life with your spouse!
1. Remember to Feed Your Vendors
The wedding guest list probably includes a price per person when it comes to food, drinks, party favors, and more. However, you don’t want to overlook your vendors!
That means that your bar staff, officiant, photographer, videographer, wedding coordinator, and more also need to eat. Talk to your caterers to determine if they will be fed behind-the-scenes or if that’s something to put in your budget.
You should also plan breaks and food for anyone providing entertainment, from a DJ to an artist. When you do, you’ll be remembered as a thoughtful bride and groom. Remember, you’ll get better services from vendors who aren’t starving!
2. Make a Clear Decision about Children at the Wedding
Some to-be-wed couples are happy and excited to have kids at the wedding, while others want an adults-only affair. Make sure that you decide your policy on kids early and enforce it evenly.
Generally, a wedding will take one of four approaches:
- Kids welcome
- Children of immediate family only
- Child care provided either on-site or off-site
- Adults-only wedding
This is your big day, so you can make the decision you want. However, be sure you stand strong on enforcement and don’t play favorites.
3. Make Sure You Know What Will (and Won’t) Fly at the Venue
Understanding the venue’s rules on things like open flames (candles and sparklers), where decorations can be placed, and more is essential so that you can have a stress-free wedding and reception.
Read the contract carefully, and make sure you talk over any special events or items you might want to use with the venue manager. You don’t want any unpleasant surprises on your wedding day!
4. All the Paperwork
Once the wedding is over, the marriage has just begun. So, from a relationship standpoint, you know that it’s also true regarding paperwork.
Once you are done with the event and honeymoon, it’s time to come back down to earth and help your marriage become official on paper. This includes getting new social security cards, updating your mailing address with the post office, and getting new driver’s licenses.
One often-overlooked aspect of marriage is combining insurance policies. Whether it’s home, renter’s, or car insurance, you’ll want to shop around to get the best rate for your new household. A company like Freeway Insurance can help you compare policies and get the best rates for your needs.
Two Become One
Planning a wedding is an exciting but stressful time. Fortunately, when you take the right steps, you can create an experience that is fun, low-stress, and memorable. Of course, there’s a lot to remember, so rely on your friends and family.
Keep these four things in mind when planning your event, and you’re sure to have an incredible wedding.