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Raise your hand if you’re already so over the stress of planning your wedding. Oh, hello, I see you out there! ;) As a past bride, Maid of Honor (twice!), and countless bridesmaid, I know first-hand how crazy wedding planning can be. I wish I knew of these wedding tricks while planning my own big day.
These clever little wedding tricks are easy and might even save you money.
Wedding planning should be fun, not a hassle!
Here’s ten clever wedding tricks / tips / hacks to use for a stress-free wedding day. And, if you have any of your own to share, put ’em in the comment box!
Best Wedding Tricks
These wedding hacks will save you time, some will save you money, and others will help you keep your sanity. I think we can all agree, all three are pretty good to have, if you ask me! ;)
1. Use a wedding website.
Here’s one of the best wedding tricks I wish I knew for my own: use a website! A wedding website is a clever hack for you and your guests. In one fell swoop, you can provide all the information for your wedding ceremony, reception, bridal party, and more.
Plus, you can get a free wedding website (or pay just a little bit for a website with premium features). Get yours at here from Minted. They have beautiful designs, even custom websites.
If I was planning my wedding today, I’d pick this design for our wedding website.
2. Use a return address stamp on all stationery.
Not only will this wedding trick save you time, it will also save you from a hand-cramp, writing all of those addresses over and over again. Could you use labels? Sure. But return stamps look even better!
Here’s an example of an address stamp in a calligraphy style, custom-made for you (by PaperPeach).
3. Hire a day-of coordinator.
I can’t stress this enough; a day-of coordinator is like taking the headache right out of your day, starting NOW. A day-of coordinator handles everything the day of your wedding, from set-up and take-down to making sure any snafus that might arise are taken care of, quickly, and without you even knowing. :)
Things like set-up of tables and chairs, arranging specialty table linens your venue may not provide, setting up your cake, cake topper and stand, putting place cards out at guest seats, the seating chart, etc.
Since I brought it up, the use of a seating chart is, in itself, a huge money and time saver. See why here.
I could go on about how helpful a day-of coordinator really is, but I’m sure you get the point. Hire one, of you are able; it is probably the most important wedding trick in this list.
4. Order all of your stationery from the same place.
For your wedding, there are a few stationery things you’ll need: save the dates, envelopes, wedding invitations, programs, table numbers, escort cards, and programs, just to name a few.
When you add in bridal shower invitations, rehearsal dinner invitations, and thank you cards, your head can start to spin.
But… if you order them all at one time, from the same place, you’ll save money on extra shipping.
In addition to saving money, you’ll save sanity! You’ll have all your stationery ordered and in-hand, ready for when you need to use them / send them out / bring them to your wedding. You won’t be worried about sending your invitations late or worrying about delivery times for important day-of stationery.
And if you keep an eye out for special deals, applying 25% off or 15% off an order saves you more on a bulk order so that’s even more money in your pocket.
Bonus: you also get free guest addressing, saving you additional time.
And… if you do order from the same place mentioned above, you can order other day-of essentials from decorative bottle accents to things like cake stands.
It’s almost like, hey, that was too easy! All my stuff is here! when it all arrives at your doorstep.
And who doesn’t love that?
5. Make a Google doc with your guest names and addresses ASAP.
Set up an easy Google doc you can share with your fiance, wedding coordinator, mom, Maid of Honor — anyone who needs the info. This way, when you’re making changes to your guest list, figuring out seating, or checking off your RSVP cards as they start rolling in, you’ll have everything all organized and available to anyone who needs it (and from any device).
6. Add a teeny-tiny number to the bottom (on the back) of your wedding RSVP cards.
Oh, goodness. RSVP cards are either hard to get back or hard to read. Many are quick and easy to decipher, but a few might roll in that are hard to read in guest handwriting. The number on the back will correspond to a list you create before you send it out, making it so much easier to figure out who the heck it is from.
To turn this wedding trick into a wedding hack, use invisible ink!
Bonus: if you’re still waiting on a few RSVPs, it’s so much easier to see who is missing based on the number.
7. Use escort cards, but skip place cards if you’d like.
This is one of those wedding tricks many couples don’t think of: escort cards and place cards are two different things. Do you really need both? Probably not.
An escort card is essential (or a seating chart, if that’s more your style); it tells guests at which table to be seated.
A place card is optional. It tells guests which seat to sit AT that particular table. Unless there’s a reason you want Frank to sit four seats away from Betty, you needn’t worry so much about place cards. :) And then maybe you shouldn’t have Frank and Betty at the same table to begin with, just sayin’!
And hey, that’s just money in your wallet! And way less paper waste. Win-win.
8. Wear your shoes around the house before the wedding.
We wrote a post at-length about wedding shoe mistakes here, so this is one of my favorite and most-used wedding tips. I even use these tips when going to a wedding as a guest (because shoe pain is no fun for anyone).
Unless you want your feet to hurt all night long, be sure to wear in / break in your shoes before the big day. You’ll also want these and these, just in case.
If your shoes are a bit tight, try a shoe stretcher like this (I have one just like it) to make it fit better.
If you’re miserable in your wedding shoes, it’s time to return them and get a new pair. A tight feeling can be fixed with the stretcher, but pain is not going to go away. Do a half size up or full size up and use one of these to make up the difference.
9. Always bring a pair of flats, just in case.
And of course, you’ll want to pack these foldable flats in your wedding bag. They’re helpful to have for the end of the night when you’re tired of wearing heels, want to bust a move on the dance floor, or just want to travel home with your new spouse in comfy shoes.
And you don’t have to go with white: they have lots of cool colors available.
10. Use a few alternates to save you money.
This wedding trick is not used as often as it should be, since the savings are HUGE.
Use clever alternatives for wedding expenses on things you don’t really mind changing a bit.
From flowers to music, here are a few of the best wedding tricks.
– Instead of peonies, use cabbage roses. They’re so much more affordable (and available in more locations during the season).
– This is one of the wedding hacks where people help you compile a playlist! Sounds great, right? It’s very simple: add a line to your RSVP card (or include an additional enclosure) with a song request per guest for your wedding. This is sent to you when the guest sends in their RSVP card.
As the responses come in, you can add songs to your playlist. And since guests are requesting it, they’ll be excited to hear it at your wedding (and they’re more likely to dance when it is played!)
– Skip the traditional book in lieu of something more interactive, like a guest book alternative or a Polaroid inspired guest book. You may never flip through a traditional book, but you certainly will enjoy wall art for your home or a book filled with actual photo footage from your wedding day.
+ For tips on making your own photo guest book, see this blog post.
SPECIALTY TABLE LINENS
– If you love sequin tablecloths or gauze table runners, but your budget doesn’t allow for 12x tables’ worth, do the next best thing: use them solely on your cake table and head table.
You’ll add instant shimmer or a pop of color and interesting texture to a few areas of your reception for the effect and still stay on budget. The table linens below are from a popular shop, Mylk and Honey, and they have so many beautiful examples.
The same applies to chair covers. Love the look but don’t have a budget for 120+ chairs? Reserve the special look for your head table, including you and your spouse, bridesmaids, and groomsmen.
I love how these look!
And there you have it: ten clever wedding hack ideas you probably didn’t think of until now. I hope it saves you time and money as you plan your wedding.
And MOST of all…
BONUS: 11. Let go.
Hey, you can’t control everything; you just do your best with what you can. Keep it all in perspective; the important thing is getting married! The rest is just icing on the very lovely cake. :)
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Your turn: which wedding hacks would you add to this list?
Put it in the comment box below! We’d love to hear your helpful wedding tricks, tips, and hacks.
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