Wedding stresses do not end until the day of the wedding and a fool-proof way of making sure that things go as planned is by creating a to-do list. By having a list to refer to, you can make sure that everything is taken care of and you (the bride), the planner and all the other people assisting you are not constantly on the verge of an emotional and mental breakdown.
To help brides (since grooms are often emotionally-detached from the preparations) with the preparations for the ceremony and to ensure that they do not have much to worry about during the ceremony, a marriage celebrant Central Coast couples turn to shares a comprehensive list of things to do.
*Make an inventory of all the “accessories” for the event, like pens, candles, cords, veils, lighters, handkerchief, pins and even a first-aid kit.
*Processional – it’s important to determine and set the order in which your flower girls, bridesmaids and other attendants will walk down the aisle. A lot of things can go wrong with this especially if you have young flower girls who are always threatening to throw a fit, so it’s good to strategize the processional. Also, prepare a set playlist of songs that will be used for the processional instead of having separate CDs or music files. Or, if you’re going to have a live orchestra or band to play the processional themes, instruct them to prepare an extra song just in case the processional takes longer than expected.
*Seating Arrangement – you don’t want your guests sitting wherever they please, leaving some seats vacant and some areas completely crowded. Order is important; a seating arrangement ensures that everybody has his own spot for the ceremony and they are where they need to be. Instruct your ushers to make sure that the guests are seated where they should be.
*Make sure your maid of honour and the groom’s best man know how they will assist you during the ceremony. The maid of honour has to be on standby when you need to hand over your bouquet or fix your train or veil after having to kneel and such. As for the best man, remind him to be prepared with the rings.
*After the ceremony, there will be greetings from guests, and photos will be taken; prepare instructions regarding how this activity will go. You can coordinate this with your planner and she can be in charge of informing the guests on what they should do for this part of the event.
Some ceremonies are very small and initiate-remember the day is yours – do it your way but always have a plan.
Your celebrant will give guidelines to their couples and can provide printed lists of things to do in a ceremony which you can alert or add to to suit your own ceremony needs.