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10 things to remember when planning your BIG day!!

Now that you both have your checklist, it’s time to get in-depth with the planning. This is where the fun and stress and everything between happens! There are a hundred and one things involves to plan a wedding. It is only human to forget a thing or two. So if you feel like you forgetting something, double check this list of things that sometime slip through. Your marriage is THE most important thing. While planning your BIG day try to keep in mind why you’re getting married!! You’ve chosen to get married because of your love for each other and want to spend the rest of your life together. You’re not getting married to add pressure to your life or just to throw the biggest party of your life. Never forget, as BIG as your wedding day can be, it is only one day or three. But mariage is about all the years that come afterwards. Yes, you want your wedding day to be truly amazing but ultimately, it’s your marriage that’s the most important.

YOUR wedding. It is your wedding, no one else, as important as they might be in your live, it is about the two of you as a couple. Your day should reflect you completely and that can take whatever style or form. Don't pay too much attention to the opinions and input of friends and family. You don’t have to include anything that they suggest if you don't want to. Your assistant. "A first point of contact" for your wedding vendors is essential. You might forget this because you think you can just answer your phone but you will be really BUSY on the day!!. No need to add more responsibilities to your list. Instead, select a close friend, family member, or someone from the wedding party to be the first point of contact. If an important decision seems too important to be made without your input, do not worry, they'll know when to consult you but for all the little things a little bit less important, let them make the call. It is also good to assign someone in charge of your mariage certificate, you don't want to loose this one!! Dietary requirements. You do not want anyone to have an allergic reaction at your wedding party or be unable to eat, and so you should make sure that you have checked every guest’s dietary requirements before the big day, even if you know them well. Doing so will ensure that every guest can enjoy your reception without going hungry and that you can arrange alternatives with the catering team in time for the big day. Make note of all the guests who have food allergies or are vegetarian or vegan. Provide a list to your caterer where each of these guests are sitting—your caterer will love you. Vendor Meals. Vendor meals can be easily forgotten if there isn't a wedding planner to coordinate it. Many vendors require meals in their contract and some cakes, just kidding that's only me ;) Coordinate this with your venue and caterer early to make sure your vendors are served in time so they don't miss anything important. Designate a Photo Assistant. Along with a shot list, designate a sister, brother, cousin, or aunt who can be the formals photo manager. Your photographer is not going to know who your important family members are, so when it is the time to do the family formals your photo manger can easily go grab these family members for you and you can stay on track with timing. The Sunset. Just a little before the sunset, there is what we call the golden hour. It will give your photographs that beautiful warm sunlit glows that you can often see in wedding photography. Make sure to ask your wedding photographer about it and when he would like to organise your Bride & Groom portraiture. If you know what time the sun will be setting, you can make sure you'll be available. Comfy Shoes. You should always remember a change of shoes because high heels can potentially hurt your feet (I'm only assuming here), especially if you are not used to wearing them. Make the selection a comfortable one. Dancing at your wedding reception in them does not look like a comfortable activity! You should also check that you have enough clothing for the day after your wedding; you do not want to have to wear your wedding dress at the start of your honeymoon!

Food & Water. The things that we tend to forget is to eat (well, not me, I just don't have time). Your wedding day is a very busy, overwhelming day. Get a good breakfast and plenty of water and more water before other drinks start pouring. And as you schedule out your wedding day make sure to have snacks, one snack after the ceremony when you are more relaxed is a good idea, in the car en route to your location shoot. Depending on how many mouths you plan to feed, get someone in the bridal party to organise something for everyone!! ENJOY. Last but certainly not least, this day is about you! Ensuring you have all the small details planned out helps to reduce stress and keep you calm. Yes, there’s a ton of stuff to take into consideration to make your wedding memorable for all the right reasons, but keep your focus on the real reason (see point number 1) - at the end of the day it's only about you and your best friend saying YES and starting that beautiful life journey together!!