Lots of Brides get what I call “wedding brain” they forget everything! When you have a wedding planner like me =) we remind you of all of those little details you may overlook. But for those of you who choose to go the distance sans planner..here are the items most brides forget.

  • Marriage license – Check with the jurisdiction where your ceremony will take place about any deadlines for applying for your marriage license well in advance of your wedding date. Start gathering your documentation early so you have everything you need and can make the process as efficient as possible.
  •  Vendor meals – Feed the people that are working nonstop to make your day flawless. You’ll be expected to give your final guest count to your caterer within two weeks of your day, but don’t forget to include the number of vendors you’ll have so that the caterer can prepare simple meals for them, separate from your guests. 
  • Guestbook and pens – Include something for your guests to leave their well-wishes for you upon arriving at your reception…this could be a favorite recipe book for cocktails or a book of historic mansions in the city where your nuptials take place. You can also have your photographer make a personalized book from your engagement shoot for guests to sign. And don’t forget the pens!
  • Cake knife and toasting flutes – You may receive these as a gift at your shower, opt to purchase your special set on your own, or use ones that have been handed down to you by parents or family members. When packing up your items to be placed at the reception, be sure to remember to pack your cake knife and toasting flutes (and keep the original packaging to avoid breakage) so that this detail will not be overlooked. 
  • Passport and identification – Speaking of the honeymoon, be sure your passport and driver’s license are up to date and packed safely in your purse or carry on bags. 
  • Thank-you notes – It’s easy to let things fall by the wayside, but your thank-you notes to your guests should be sent out no later than two months after your big day. Also, don’t forget the important people in your life, including your parents, family members, and bridal party that were there with you through the planning from the beginning.
  • Vendor reviews (online & personal) – The people that worked so hard to make your wedding day dreams come to fruition are often forgotten once the big day has passed. The best thank-you you can give your vendors is an honest review online and a hand written letter. That is the only way that your vendors can continue to improve the level of service they provide to future brides, so your feedback is very important! 
We hope these tips keep you on track…and if all else fails..hire Events by Missy to plan your wedding!
Best wishes & happy planning ~
Melissa Fife