C+L's top 5 tips to prepare for your wedding day - WITH A FREEBIE! // Western Montana Wedding Designers
Can you believe wedding season is upon us?! We already had a taste of wedding season back in February. But we're excited for our first summer wedding on June 2nd! As we prepare for that, we wanted to share a few of the things we do to make sure our couples and vendors are prepared for their wedding day!
Email your timeline ahead of time // A month from your wedding date is a good time frame. Make sure it includes start/end times and exact things that must be done during that time.
Designate someone as the point of contact // The bride should not be the point of contact on the wedding day. You should be sipping champagne without a worry! Designate your maid of honor, mother of the bride or groom, Aunt Suzie. Anyone that will be willing to help put out fires the day of - no matter how prepared you are, fires will happen. If you have a good crew behind you, you will never know!
Create mockups of any design elements // This includes ceremony space, arch, reception tables, sweetheart tables, seating charts. Really, anything you want to make sure it looks a specific way! This means you can hand over your vision to your wedding coordinator (or whoever will be set up on your wedding day). Bonus points if you send these along with the timeline. Here are a few examples of mockups we have done:
These can be as complex as you want. Feel free to just draw them out on paper!
Create a layout map // Create designated areas for main elements, where catering will go, gift table, guest book. This way all vendors will know exactly where you want them! This doesn't have to be fancy (along with any mockups), a hand drawing is just fine. There's also a free website (AllSeated) that makes designing table layouts extremely easy.
Be prepared // On your wedding day, make sure the catering tables are in the catering spot ready for them. Have all the vases cleaned and ready for the florist to work their magic, make sure where the DJ is supposed to set up has an outlet.
BONUS // Ask for advice // Vendors are the pros. They've done this a zillion times. They know what works best. Ask them what is best.
EXTRA BONUS // We created a sample timeline for you! Google drive is a lifesaver for keeping all our wedding straight.
Gosh, now back to prepping for our June weddings!