Most brides-to-be have never thought about a lot of the little details that go into planning a wedding. Some things wouldn't occur to you if you don't do party planning all the time including these eight things.
1. You will need a lot of room on credit cards.
And if you don't have big limits, this is the time to figure out what you're going to do when you have larger payments to make. If you're planning to use a debit card to make large payments, find out what your limit is and see if you can have it extended temporarily.
2. You also need to alert your credit card companies.
Whether you're getting married at home or away, if you're going to be traveling for your wedding or your honeymoon, you need to let your bank and credit card companies know or they'll be declining your card and issuing fraud alerts left and right.
3. You have a lot of food options.
Do you want to do seated/plated meals for your reception, or were you thinking buffet? Food stations are very trendy now too. If you want to use placecards, seated/plated or buffet is the way to go. If you're doing seated/plated, making placecards will help ensure everybody gets the dinner they pre-ordered.
4. Where are you going to register for gifts?
You should start registering as soon as you get engaged because some people will look for a wedding registry to select an engagement gift. Registering early helps you avoid getting stuck with a bunch of ugly vases you can't return and must re-gift to somebody who you don't like.
5. Who will you put on your bridal shower invite lists?
Not everybody who is invited to the wedding should be included, just your wedding party, family and closest friends.
6. Do you want a wedding video?
It's an expensive add-on but worth it for many couples who have close family or friends who live too far away to attend the big day. It's something you have to decide early on so that you can make room in your budget.
7. Are you cake, cupcake or dessert bar kind of couple?
If you're foodies with extreme dessert ambitions and wedding cake seems too boring, but you want the cake smash pictures, you have the option of having a small cutting cake on your dessert bar. Just tuck it away in the fridge after you've done the ceremonial cutting and pictures.
8. Who is doing all the decorating and cleanup for your wedding?
If you have to build your own crew of people, start bribing friends now.
Owner of Weddings in Vieques, a destination-wedding planning company off the coast of Puerto Rico, Sandy Malone has helped countless couples plan their big day since 2007.