There are so many things think about when planning a wedding that some essentials may get forgotten. We have come up with a wedding extras checklist to help remember a few things to ensure the day runs as smoothly as possible.
If you are having a church service or a long ceremony it’s a nice idea to provide your guests with a programme containing the order. They can be as simple or as fancy as you like and can either be hand designed or printed from a dedicated wedding stationer. Pop them on the seats before your guests arrive for simplicity.
Your venue may only have the capacity to cater for a specific amount of people so it’s a good idea to double check this. Luxury toilets are available to hire as an add-on to your venue and are essential if you are having a marquee on your own land.
♥ Coat Rails
These are a great little extra that your guests will appreciate. Most day guests will use their chairs but extra evening guests will need somewhere to hang any coats or scarfs etc. when they arrive.
♥ Weddings and Directional Signs
Directional and Wedding signs are really helpful especially if your venue is spread out. Ensure you put signs out on the roads to help guests that are driving. Signing the way to the toilets and smoking areas etc. is also a good idea.
♥ Welcome Sign and Order of Events
A welcome sign with your name and date is a lovely touch and a great keepsake after the wedding. An order of events helps to give your guests a rough idea of timings and what to expect throughout the day.
Ceremony and Reception
♥ Reserved Signs for Seats
Allocate seats for the bridesmaids, ushers and any family members that need to be in a certain place for the ceremony.
Double check with the church or venue if this is allowed. They may ask that only natural confetti is used such as dried flowers or rice.
♥ Background Music for Welcome Drinks
Not always completely essential but it’s a nice touch. It gives some background noise for your guests whilst they enjoy the fizz and canapes and you can be temporarily absent for some photos. Choose a live performer such as a pianist, harpist or saxophonist for an extra special sound. For the more budget conscious an iPod with some easy listening tunes will also go down well.
♥ Cards/ Guest Book Area
Try to locate a dedicated table or area for this. Guests that bring cards or gifts will want somewhere to put them when they arrive without having to hand them to you personally.
Wedding card post boxes are easy to find online or you could make your own from a crate, basket or vintage suitcase. A guest book is also a great idea, your guests can write you messages for you to look back over on your 1st Anniversary.
♥ Table Names or Numbers
Definitely not one to forget. Once you’ve spent hours planning and swapping around to achieve the perfect table plan you need to make sure your guests know which is which. Make sure the name or number is positioned clearly to avoid any confusion.
♥ Menu Cards
Unless your guests have pre-ordered their food it’s a nice idea to display a menu on the table so guests know what to expect.
♥ Cake Table
Give your cake prime position on its little own. For a rustic wedding, an old oak barrel works really well as a display.
♥ Extra Seating / Chill Out Furniture for Evening Guests
If you are planning to invite lots of extra evening guests, it’s a good idea to have some extra seating to cater for them. Some rattan furniture or chill out sofas in an area is also a nice idea for people to rest their dancing feet and enjoy a beverage or 2.
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The Abbas Team