When you’re planning your wedding, there are overwhelming numbers of little details that must be attended to. It’s all too easy to overlook important things that can cause the proceedings to flow less than smoothly on the big day. As you attend to your wedding preparations, be sure to consider the following 4 things that are easy to overlook in the wedding planning process.
1. Be Sure to Allow Enough Time for Professional Wedding Dress Alterations
When the bride-to-be finds the wedding dress of her dreams, she tries it on to ensure a perfect fit. Even if it fits reasonably well during the initial fitting, it’s typical for a significant amount of time to elapse between that day and the wedding day. In the meanwhile, it’s possible that the bride will gain or lose so much weight that the dress would need alterations before it would fit her well. It’s essential to allow enough time for professional alterations to be performed.
2. Consider the Lighting at the Church or Venue Where the Ceremony Will Be Held
You want your wedding photos to be crisp and detailed; this requires sufficient lighting. Unfortunately, many churches have lighting that is too dim to be adequate for appealing photography. When you meet with your photographer to make the wedding day arrangements, it would be prudent to schedule the consultation at the church or venue where you’ll be holding the wedding. This will allow the photographer to evaluate the lighting that is available in the space. The photographer can then make plans for bringing the proper number of additional light fixtures if the available lighting in the venue is insufficient.
3. Discuss Your Wedding Officiant’s Expectations Well in Advance
If you’re planning to get married in a church, synagogue or other house of worship, it is important to consider the possibility that there might be rules you are unaware of.
Some churches require couples to go through a minimum period of wedding counseling before they are married. If this is the case with your church, you must be sure to allow enough time before the wedding to actually attend the required counseling sessions.
Some clergy members will refuse to perform interfaith weddings. This could become an issue if you and your fiancé adhere to different religions.
Some clergy members will refuse to preside at weddings where alcoholic beverages will be served. If you want to serve alcohol at your reception, be sure to specifically discuss this with your officiant and ensure that it will not be a problem.
There are many other similar pitfalls that can arise. To avoid conflicts, it is wise to schedule an appointment with your wedding officiant to discuss your plans as soon as you decide to get married. That way you’ll have plenty of time to make alternate arrangements if your first choice of officiants turns out to be uncooperative.
4. Plan for Possible Restrictions at the Ceremony Venue
The venue where you’ll be holding the ceremony may have a long list of restrictions about how the space can be used and what is allowed during the ceremony. Some churches place limitations on the type of music that can be played; for example, some churches will require you to choose classical music or psalms if you’re planning to play music prior to the ceremony. Some churches do not allow flash photography during a wedding ceremony. A dress code may be in place; some synagogues and churches require that all attendees have their shoulders covered.
It’s ideal to research these sorts of restrictions well in advance to ensure that your entire wedding party and all your guests will be able to comply with them. If the rules are too restrictive, you’ll want to leave enough time to choose an alternative venue.
These are just a few of the most critical things that are easily overlooked when planning a wedding. To ensure you have the best possible outcome, you’ll want to be sure of considering all of these things as you plan your own wedding celebration.