It’s something you’ve thought about for years — your wedding! And now, the big day is quickly approaching. Weddings typically take months of planning, and in most cases, even the most diligent of planners still forget one or two important details. If you’re in the process of planning the perfect, most epic event, we want to give you a few pointers. In today’s post from Modern Ballroom Dance Studio, we’re going to discuss eight things that you might forget. Hopefully, you’ve already incorporated these seven things into your planning timeline, but if not, add them now! Keep reading and then contact us if you want to make sure all eyes are on you (in a good way) during your wedding dance by signing up for wedding dance lessons.
Plan For Bad Weather
For some reason, everyone seems to just assume that the weather will cooperate on their wedding day. After all, how dare the cosmos plot against you on this most-important occasion? The truth is, if you’re just going to leave it up to fate, chances are you could be disappointed — to say the least. Imagine walking toward the vine-covered arbor and the love of your life only to be caught in the worst downpour of the decade. Your guests instantly scatter, your hair, dress, and makeup are ruined, and there go your perfect wedding pictures. Not making a contingency plan for bad weather is perhaps one of the biggest mistakes you can make. Don’t let it happen to you!
And don‘t just assume that because you have an indoor wedding that you’re out of the woods. Make sure that your wedding and reception venues have air conditioning! There’s nothing worse than wearing 20 pounds of bridal gown in the middle of summer without having any way to cool off. You and your guests will feel like they’re melting and no one will be able to relax and have a good time.
Budget For Gratuity
By the time you get to your wedding day, you’ll have already been planning for what seems like an eternity and you’ll likely have spent far more money than you want to think about. If you make it to the day of your wedding without having to sell your car or take on a second job — good for you! But it’s not over yet. Many couples forget about planning for gratuities. While it might not seem like much in the grand scheme of things, having to hand out tips to all of those vendors can really add up. There’s the caterer, photographer, DJ, hair stylist, makeup artist, florist, and wedding planner, just to name a few.
Bring a Change of Clothing
It’s easy to get caught up in all of the details of your wedding, and that’s why it’s important to make lists. Lots of lists. Weddings can be so crazy that you literally have to make yourself a note to bring a change of clothes. As much as you may love your wedding dress, after you’ve been in it for 12 hours, had five glasses of champagne, and danced with 300 of your closest friends and family, you’re probably going to be ready for a change. And don’t forget the shoes! Many brides will even opt to bring a more comfortable pair of shoes to wear with their wedding gown. Nothing ruins a night of fun like having blisters on your feet and then twisting an ankle. Bring your comfy shoes and get ready to dance the night away.
Make Sure To Drink Water
Just as you need to make a note to bring a change of clothes, you really need to remind yourself to drink plenty of water. Fill your best wedding-worthy water bottle the night before, and tell your maid of honor she’s in charge of making sure you drink it. While this might seem like a petty task, try going the entire day without drinking any water and just see how things turn out. Your wedding day is an especially stressful day, if it’s in the summer it’s likely also going to be hot. Mix these two things with dehydration and you have a recipe for disaster. Make sure you don’t spend your wedding night in the emergency room — drink plenty of water!
Pack an Emergency Kit
Speaking of emergencies…while we hope that your wedding day doesn’t involve a true “emergency,” we do suggest that you pack a small kit with items that can help with minor emergencies. You can put it together well in advance, but it might save you in the event of a wardrobe malfunction or other serious issue. A few things we recommend are aspirin, band-aids, tissues, stain remover, hairspray, static guard, a lint roller, safety pins, and super glue. Feel free to improvise and add additional items you may feel are necessary.
Assign a Point Person
Assigning a point person may sound redundant — after all, isn’t that what a best man and maid of honor are for? On the contrary, the members of your wedding party are there to help you prepare for your wedding and celebrate with you when the big day arrives. They aren’t going to be communicating with the DJ to let him know that you’ll be arriving 15 minutes late.
No matter how much planning and preparation goes into your wedding day, there will always be questions from vendors and minor emergencies to take care of. The last thing you should do is plan to field all of those questions yourself. This is your day — your day to get married, your day to have fun, your day to do whatever you want — without having to stop to answer a million questions. Nominate a close friend or relative you trust to be your point person (just make sure to alert them of their responsibilities before the wedding.)
Wedding Dance Lessons
On the day of your wedding, you’ll be amazed at just how fast the day will go by. The entire ceremony will pretty much be just one big blur. When you make it to the reception, you’ll finally be able to relax and have a good time. Unless…you’re terrified of being on the dance floor with all of your guests watching your every move. Even seasoned dancers can feel a bit intimidated when all eyes are on them. Plus, don’t forget about the videos that will already be on Facebook before the DJ plays the second song.
If you’re feeling less than 100% confident in your dancing skills, you might want to consider taking dance lessons. Wedding dance lessons, in particular, can help build your confidence and improve your coordination. At Modern Ballroom Dance Studio we suggest that the bride and groom (and even parents of the bride and groom or members of the wedding party) start taking dance lessons several months before the big day. They can help everyone feel more at ease, you can learn some more advanced moves, and even have some dances choreographed if you like!
Contact Modern Ballroom Dance Studio
If you want to make your wedding day as perfect and as memorable as possible, don’t forget about the things we’ve discussed in our post. And, if you or other members of your wedding party want to feel more comfortable on the dance floor, give Modern Ballroom Dance Studio in Woodbridge a call to sign up for wedding dance lessons.