Planning a wedding isn't easy, and there are many details to think about. Most brides are getting married for the first time, and have to rely on family and friends, or else they turn to a wedding planning website for guidance. The timeline is usually the first thing to be tackled, but beware of things that need to be accounted for. Here are 3 important things that brides shouldn't forget when planning their wedding. Hint: they all have to do with time.
Lucy Baum Montreal Wedding PhotographerWeight of the wedding dress is one of the 3 important things brides shouldn't forget when planning their wedding
1. The weight of the world, or at least a wedding dress, on your shoulders:
If you're sitting at home and get a craving for something that you don't have at home, you might grab the car keys and jaunt to the store. Doing the same in a wedding dress is like moving through quicksand - they can be bulky and weigh several pounds. Add to that some sick (but hard to walk in heels) and a sloth might outpace you. Solution? Add a buffer of 5-10 minutes to each part of the day - from hotel or other prep place to the ceremony location. From the ceremony location to the venue or spot for photos. Just to walk.
2. When life give you limos... Lucy Baum Montreal Wedding PhotographerSlow limos are one of the 3 important things brides shouldn't forget when planning their wedding
Limo drivers are not like most cabbies and drive pretty slowly. Also, similar to your wedding dress, limos are not easy to manoeuvre, especially in tight places like the downtown core. Then there's traffic and construction in the lovely city of Montreal, where "orange cone" is a season on its own. Solution? Before the wedding, map out distance between all your important places on Google maps. Even better, do this at a time similar to your wedding time (i.e. on the Saturday before your wedding). Whatever time Google gives for each distance, add 15 minutes.
3. Here come the bridesmaids. Lucy Baum Montreal Wedding PhotographerBridesmaids are one of the 3 important things brides shouldn't forget when planning their wedding
You may already know this of your girls - if they are hard to get out the door on any girls night out. Add the high octane energy of the wedding: makeup, hair, spanx, heels, flowers etc and you're experiencing girls night x100. If you're in a hotel things might be even worse, with your gals going in and out to see the boys, or to a faraway parking lot because they forgot their phone in the car. When you sound the alarm that it's go time, you may think that everyone will just pluck their evening bag and head out the door, but more likely it will be like trying to hold jello - kind of impossible. Solution? Make sure that everyone knows the absolute last moment they can head out the door without jeopardizing being late. And give them warnings in the half hour leading up to that time, and a special shout out at least 10 minutes prior. Assign this task to a relative or the maid of honour to take the pressure off.