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Mar
21
2012
by Kelly Curtis

When it comes to planning a wedding, there are a million and one things that you must plan. With so much going on, there's bound to be something that could slip through the cracks that you may not remember, which is definitely understandable. Hopefully that won't happen to you. So, Wedding and Party Network has compiled a list of what not to forget for your wedding that will help you stay on track at planning your dream wedding.

Post Wedding – What are you going to do after the wedding? Of course, there's the honeymoon. However, some couples may not be leaving for their honeymoon right after the wedding. You need to ask yourself how are we leaving, how long do you want the reception to last and where are we staying if you aren't leaving right after the reception.

Do you have your bags packed and all the essentials for afterwards? If you are wanting the party to last for your guests, think about booking an after hours location, preferably at a hotel or even house. Are you wanting to stay in the same hotel as your guests or somewhere different?

Sit down and think a bout the pros and cons of each and find one that is best suited for your needs. Don't forget to pack the essentials for afterwards, like change of clothes, you're not going to want to stay in your wedding dress all night, even though some may to relish in the moment forever.

Will You Take Care Of My Things, Please? – Find someone who will take care of your essentials afterwards. If you're going straight home and don't have a big night planned afterwards, then this doesn't truly apply.

However, if you're planning on jetting off after the reception somewhere nice, ask someone if they would take care of your items after the wedding. This can include gifts, momentos, leftover food, wedding cake and even your wedding dress and accessories. You can send the food home with the bridal party or family members for leftovers, donate the flowers, make sure someone freezes your wedding cake and preserves your dress. You can put everything else in order when you get back from your amazing honeymoon.

Where Do I Place This? – You think about where you will sit your guests and stand during the ceremony. However, what do you do with the little things in your wedding? For example, where do you place the programs, place cards, escort cards and your sparklers or bubbles for your exit? Plan this out ahead and definitely talk to your wedding coordinator to help you figure out these little details.

How To Receive Gifts – This is one thing that some people may not think about. Of course, your guests are going to bring gifts to the wedding. First off, definitely set up a gift table or designated area for gifts.

However, guests like to give them to you their gifts face-to-face like in the receiving line, when you're visiting their table or when they're leaving. Have a bridesmaid stay close by during these times with a designated bag or box to be ready to discretely take the gift or card away from you so you're not bogged down.

What Are You Doing The Day After? – Don't forget to plan the day after. If you're leaving on your honeymoon, make sure you make all the necessary arrangements like transportation, airline tickets, luggage, passport and hotel.

However, if you're not leaving right away, plan out a  cleaning schedule if you have to clean the reception venue or plan a brunch with your out-of-town guests.

Don't Forget The Legal Documents – You'll need your marriage license for the signatures it requires. You definitely need the paperwork, especially after all the hard work you put into planning your wedding, you want it official, right?

Plan Out Your Itinerary – Make sure you have a detailed itinerary of your wedding day. You want to make sure you get everywhere you need to go and take care of every little thing that you have to on your wedding day, on time.

Also, stay in contact with your wedding vendors to make sure they know what time to pick you up, what time you will be able to get into your wedding venue and what time they will deliver your cake. It's important everyone knows the schedule so your wedding day will run smoothly.

These 7 things are truly important on your wedding day, especially if you want everything to run smoothly. If you remember these, your wedding day will definitely be one to remember.

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