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the journal garden wedding

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Check out our list of the top 10 details brides forget, and avoid wedding day panic.

Planning a wedding can involve months of detailed preparation. That’s why it’s a lot easier than you might think to forget important details for the big day. So, we did some digging around on top wedding blogs and put together this list of the most-mentioned details brides forget on the most exciting day of their lives. Check it out!

#1 The Marriage License

Believe it or not, this ultra-obvious detail is probably the most overlooked among busy brides. States have varying requirements, so be sure you know the number of hoops you and your fiance will have to jump through (such as getting blood tests) well in advance. If you plan to be married in South Tahoe, know whether your venue is located in California or Nevada. The two states have different rules and timelines.

#2 Wedding Dress and the Day After

picture of wedding dress

Don’t leave your gorgeous dress all by its lonesome. Ask someone you trust to transport it for you after the big day. (Photo courtesy of Lauren Richmond)

This one came up all the time in our research of overlooked details. Particularly if your honeymoon is scheduled for the day following your wedding, be sure to arrange for someone to take care of your dress and his tuxedo for you. Family members and close friends are usually happy to help.

#3 Directions and Signage

wedding directional sign

Allow no excuses for lateness; make signs and post them. (Photo courtesy of Ben Rosett)

Lost guests are late guests. And late guests can mean late everything. Avoid that stressful problem by including a Google Maps widget and written directions to the venue on your wedding website. Also, consider including a driving-directions card in your invites.

#4 Hungry Vendors

happy man eating a burger

Vendors gotta eat, too! (Photo courtesy of Sander Dalhuisen)

When the time comes to give the guest count to the caterer, don’t forget to include your vendors. Your vendor team will be working tirelessly to create a perfect day for you and yours. Make sure they’re fueled up for peak performance.

#5 Waterproof Mascara

woman with running mascaraDon’t. Let. This. Happen.

#waterproofmascaraalways (Photo courtesy of Azamat Zhanisov)

It’s a tiny tube that makes one seriously huge impact. Because crying happens. Unless you want the bridal party to come in looking like an army of Tammy Fayes, bring a few extra tubes of this makeup miracle just to be on the safe side.

#6 Weather Contingency Plan

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A rainy wedding day is much more romantic when it’s expected. (Photo courtesy of Frank McKenna)

Especially when planning a wedding somewhere like Tahoe South, it can be easy to get so caught up in the beauty of Plan A that you forget to make a Plan B for unexpected weather—particularly rain and snow. Know the historical weather patterns for your venue’s location, and plan accordingly. A 20-percent chance of rain on your summer wedding day is still just that—a chance.

#7 Photo Boss

woman holding like a boss cup

Chances are, you know exactly who will make the most effective photo boss at your wedding. (Photo courtesy of Brooke Lark)

Wrangling folks for picture time can be a major pain. Pick a relative or friend with a gift for getting things done, and name them your official photo boss. It’ll be their job to hunt down and wrangle people for pics throughout the event. If you choose the right person, they’ll not only do an awesome job, they’ll have tons of fun doing it!

#8 Haircut Timing

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Fact: Haircuts can take some getting used to. Don’t wait until the last minute. (Photo courtesy of Toa Heftiba)

The first seven days following a haircut (even an extra-amazing one) are almost always awkward. For whatever reason, it’s a universal truth: haircuts must be “worn-in” just like a new pair of shoes. That being the case, schedule your wedding haircut appointment for at least a couple of weeks out. Be sure to pass this advice on to the rest of the wedding party, too.

#9 Eat and Drink (water)

glass bottle of water and cup with lemon

Did you know dehydration is a common cause of fainting? Don’t let it happen to you! (Photo courtesy of Tracey Hocking)

The importance of this tip simply cannot be overestimated. Because of the incredible excitement of the wedding day, many brides report having zero appetite and forgetting to stay hydrated. But, who wants to be hangry on their wedding day? Or worse, risk fainting at the altar? Consider having iced water available and smoothies prepared in advance for you and the bridal party. These nutrient power-houses will help keep everyone hydrated, energetic, and prepared for the busy, exciting day.

#10 Wedding Day Emergency Kit

makeup kit in a bag

A wedding day emergency kit can stave off the most epic of wardrobe and makeup disasters. (Photo courtesy of Hey Beauti Magazine)

These easy-to-assemble kits have been known to save the day in a big way. You just never know what wardrobe, makeup, or other malfunctions could be headed your way, so be prepared! Here are a few essentials to include in your kit:

  • Clear nail polish
  • Bottled water
  • Small, nutrient-dense snacks
  • Bobby pins and hair ties
  • Hairspray
  • Touch-up lipstick and powder
  • Facial tissues
  • Tampons or pads
  • OTC painkiller like ibuprofen or acetaminophen
  • Deodorant
  • Breath mints
  • Travel-size mouthwash
  • Dental floss
  • Cellphone


The Takeaway

The takeaway is simple: Print this list so you don’t forget the important things on it! Also, be sure to check out all of the amazing venues on the Tahoe Wedding Sites homepage for more great wedding ideas.

Happy planning!