So You’re Engaged…Now What? Part 2
Last week, we went over the first hurdles of wedding planning: picking your date, venue, vendors, and attire. Today, we’re going to dive in to more pre-wedding tasks!
Seating Charts Seating charts are easily one of the most unnecessarily tedious parts of planning your wedding. Luckily, there are a few ways to approach it. If you want a more formal atmosphere, you may want to assign everyone seats. You can display their names at each seat on a simple card, and have a larger list that will guide guests to their tables. This ensures that you keep certain guests together (and maybe keep certain guests apart).
If you’re really only concerned about your family’s arrangements, you can simply place “Reserved” signs on specific tables. Many couples choose to put these signs on tables closest to their own sweetheart table, as a way to honor their families. From there, the rest of your guests can mingle around and find their own seats.
Invitations, and Save the Dates, and RSVPS - Oh My! Paper goods can get a little stressful, but they don’t have to be. A question we get often: “Do we need to send out Save the Dates? A quick answer: not really. A longer answer: if you have a large guest count, or if many of your guests are out of state, it helps to at least give them a head’s up on your date so they aren’t all scrambling to book flights or rearrange their calendars.
Invitations can also feel a bit daunting, but you can keep them as simple or as detailed as you like When in doubt, send two things in one envelope: the invitation (with the date, time, and location, and possibly any registry information if applicable), and the RSVP card (with a requested return date).
Alterations! We wrapped up last week’s tips with attire, and we’re not done! If your dress fits like a glove, this may not apply to you, but most brides need to do some alterations to their gowns.
This part is a bit tricky. If you get it altered too early, it may be too large or too snug day-of. If you wait too long, it may not be finished in time for the big day. Always check with your shop, but a general rule of thumb is to plan your first fitting to be about three months out, and your final fitting about one month out.
That’s a wrap on this series! Need any other tips on stressing less between “I Will” and “I Do”? Post in the comments and we’ll be sure to address it!