Another real bride submitted some ideas of what she would do differently if she had it to do over again:
Wedding Day Shuttles
We got married in a relatively secluded place and we had a lot of out-of-town guests, so we offered shuttle service to and from the hotels on the day of the wedding. However, we didn’t do room blocks at hotels because no one could give us a good enough deal to make it worth it. This means people were scattered all over town and we had to arrange shuttle service at multiple locations.
Our friends recently got married in another out-of-the-way locale. On their RSVP cards they had a place to request shuttle service and space to write the name of your hotel. Brilliant! This would have saved so much time when we were trying to coordinate via email who actually needed to be picked up and from where.
Our wedding reception was in a giant wine cellar with a lot of echoing. What’s more, dinner was, essentially, at a very long table instead of multiple round smaller tables, like at most receptions. Unfortunately, the microphones and amps only worked at the front of the room. This meant that those in the back didn’t hear the speeches. (They were fine with it — they just kept drinking.) We should have made sure the sound system could be supported from the middle of the room, instead of only at the front.
Generally, when brides discuss what they’d do differently, they don’t mention the big things, they mention the details. It makes sense — while there’s a ton of sites advising you on how to choose a wedding dress or decorate your reception, there aren’t too many talking about shuttles and acoustics.
Is it a sexy topic? No. But they’re part of your wedding too, and talking about these facets of a wedding is as helpful to brides- and grooms-to-be as anything. Feel free to tell us about wedding details that became surprisingly tricky in the comments or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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