Thursday, June 3, 2010

After the Last Dance

I know you hate to think about it being over, but trust me, your wedding day will fly by in the blink of an eye. Be sure to take time throughout the day to look around, take it all in and have fun. After all you have been waiting for this moment your whole life.

It is important for you to also have a plan for the end of the night, after the party has ended. Whether you will have a Wedding Planner onsite, or will be relying on help from friends and family, you will need to think through the end of the evening, and probably the next morning. Why, you ask? Here is what we know to be true…

First, are you at the place you will be sleeping? (i.e., is your reception at the hotel you will be staying at?) If not, how are you getting back home? Many brides and grooms do not think through carrying cash on their wedding day. One of my favorite cautionary tales is of the bride and groom who needed a cab to their downtown condo at the end of the night, but did not have cash, a credit card or a debit card on them. Luckily their Oliveaire Wedding Planner saw them on her way out of the hotel, and gave them $20 to get home.

My advice, have someone check you into your hotel room, and make that someone who will remember to give your groom (who has pockets!) the room key at some point during your reception. Also, think through how you will be getting to that honeymoon suite and be sure to have some cash, a credit/debit card and your cell phone (with the important phone numbers programmed in) delivered to you at the end of the night by someone you trust (probably the same person who checks you into your hotel room). If you are party hardy couple, don’t drink and drive. Arrange for a car to pick you up or have a designated driver.

Next, where are your gifts? Make sure to assign this task to a close family member. It will then be that person’s responsibility to secure the envelopes and move boxes of gifts. Your Reception venue may have a safety deposit box you can keep them in until the end of the reception, but then it is your responsibility to make sure they are picked up. Have a plan for where you will take those generous gifts the next day. The sooner you get that money in the bank, the better, especially if you plan on catching a plane soon.

Finally, headed to the airport the next morning? Make sure that your luggage is packed, and that your tickets and documentation are all easily accessible and ready to go! Nothing puts a damper on a honeymoon like forgotten passports or lost luggage (or a hangover FYI).

None of this will take too much work, just a little bit of forethought on your part. Enjoy that beautiful and monumental day in your life. Happy Honeymoon!

BBFN (Bridal Bliss for Now),

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