It’s easy for couples to feel overwhelmed when planning their wedding. After all, most couples have never planned an event like this, and there’s a lot to focus on.

Couples rushing to the finish line of the big day may hit the big items–the invitations, the music, the catering–but neglect the details. Unfortunately, those little details and extras add flourish and panache to weddings and make them truly memorable.

We don’t want you to walk away from your wedding day with any regrets, so our DC luxury wedding planners have come up with a list of 11 details to prioritize.

1. Order Flowers for Mom and Dad

You’ve carefully selected the flowers for yourself and your wedding parties. Your florist helped you design your floral centerpieces to perfection, and your cake is topped with your favorite blooms.

But don’t forget that Mom and Dad may want something special, too. They deserve a fragrant flower that proudly stamps them as a parent of the bride or groom. Don’t forget to think about boutonnières and corsages for your and your partner’s parents. After all, they did the hard work of raising you.

2. Rent Silverware

You’d be surprised how many couples plan an exquisite luxury wedding with decadent food and desserts yet forget to prioritize elegant silverware. If your venue provides the utensils, then you’re good to go. If they don’t, you’ll need to either rent or buy silverware, which is a sure way to enhance the elegance of your wedding tables. Spoiler alert: This is usually more expensive than couples anticipate, so make sure to ask about this early in the budgeting stages.

3. Have a Seamstress On Call

Yes, you’ve done all your attire fittings. You’ve had everything carefully pressed or steamed. Yet, accidents still happen. Make sure you have a seamstress on call and nearby just in case there’s a ripped veil, popped button, or loose hem on the morning of the wedding. While putting on your wedding attire, you may notice something doesn’t fit right, or something is poking you. You’ll be glad you asked that trusted seamstress to keep their phone on them.

4. Don’t Forget the Marriage License

Remember to get a marriage license and bring it to the ceremony. We always remind our couples to bring their marriage license, but we still encounter delayed starts due to someone having to return to the hotel to retrieve that all-important document. There’s so much happening on the wedding morning, and that detail can easily slip your mind. Include “grab the wedding license” on your wedding day to-do list.

5. Have a Backup Weather Plan

Mother Nature can go from being our best friend to our worst enemy quickly. That is why it is vital to have a backup plan in case the weather hijacks your wedding day and makes your outdoor venue less than desirable. For a hot day, make sure musicians have a place to play out of the sun, and your guests have access to plenty of water. Have a backup option for rainy surprises; nobody will enjoy getting soaked. Have an indoor venue ready or tents on standby. Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.

6. Include You and Your Partner in the Guest Count

As you gather a final headcount of wedding guests, remember that you and your soon-to-be spouse will be there, too. The last thing you want is to show up and be short two chairs. As tempting as it is to have an excuse to make Uncle Johnny stand, you should have a spot for every guest.

7. Have a Transportation Plan

Parking and transportation are often stressors for guests if the plan is unclear. Take charge of the transportation situation and keep your guests in the loop so everyone is calm and in the know before the wedding day.

8. Prepare “Thank You” Speeches

It’s easy to forget to prepare some personable and genuine remarks to thank your guests for sharing your special day. Yet, this is a classy way to show your appreciation. Whether you write your thoughts on note cards or make mental notes beforehand, ensure you have a brief speech prepared to show your thanks.

9. Reserve Ceremony Seats for Family

If you want family members or close friends to have front-row seating at your ceremony, don’t forget to have signs on the seats or rope off the area so other guests know not to sit there.

10. Bring a Phone Charger

You don’t want your phone dying right before that epic wedding party selfie you were about to take. Keep a charger on hand if you want to use your phone for pictures or notes for your vows or speech. Consider a portable charger so you don’t have to find an outlet and leave your phone unattended. Plus, you may be counting down the hours before you can change your last name on your Facebook profile.

11. Enjoy the Festivities

The wedding goes by like a flash. When it’s over, you want to be able to smile and say, “I enjoyed every minute of it.” It is common for couples to forget to enjoy their wedding day, eat the food, do the activities, have dessert, and let loose. Tell yourself ahead of time that you are going to plan your heart out, but on the wedding day, you are going to let things happen and be a part of the celebrations.

We’ve seen it with casual backyard weddings, ballroom weddings, and everything in between: couples forget small details that make a big difference. Luckily, we’re always there for our clients who want to outsource the details. If you want to enjoy the wedding planning process instead of stressing about every twist and turn of the preparations, contact our micro wedding planners or luxury wedding planners in DC, Los Angeles, or Dallas. We’ll have a plan for every circumstance and ensure every guest has a pleasant experience. You can sit back and enjoy.


11 Most Overlooked Wedding Details That Couples Later Regret