9 wedding tips, tricks, and hacks
I'm sure I don't have to tell you just how overwhelming wedding planning can be at times (and you DEFINITELY don't have to tell me! LOL). While it can be way too easy to feel like things are spinning a bit out of control at some point throughout the wedding process, there are a few wedding tips, tricks, and hacks you can use to make the process that much easier (and enjoyable). I've also listed them in order of when you might use them throughout the planning process or your day-of wedding timeline.
I've compiled a few of my favorite ways to save your time, sanity, and pocketbook, below. Do you have a wedding tip, trick, or hack you want to share? Let us know in the comments section!
1. Create a wedding-specific email address
Setting up a unique e-mail address (IE: firstname.lastname@example.org) might be one of those "Duh" wedding tips, but a lot of brides still need reminding! This should be the first thing you do as soon as you start anything wedding-planning related. That way all your important wedding vendor emails will be all in one place, and you won't have to accidentally send your boss a message intended for your caterer. (This totally happens).
2. Get a credit card with perks
So many credit cards have perks these day...from airline miles to hotel points, the more wedding-related items you can charge on a credit card with bonus points, the better. A lot of cards also offer miles or points just for signing up, which means you can score a free flight or hotel room with the first few charges. I have an SPG (Starwood Preferred Guest) card from American Express and try to save up enough points each year for a free week-long stay in a great hotel. I also use the Citibank AAdvantage card to get miles for upgrades (vs. using them for flights). If you're going to be spending a lot of money on this wedding, then damnit you should be getting as many free things as possible for it!
3. Get a personalized address stamp
Custom address stamp via Etsy seller HelloWorldStamps
This was one of the best investments I made in terms of DIY wedding stuff. I ordered an address stamp from Etsy (they have so many to choose from) and went to town with it. I used it for our thank you cards, wedding invitations, and later that year our holiday cards. I now use one for pretty much every letter or bill I send out. Even if you know you're moving soon I still think you should get one...I view mine has a memento from our old apartment AND our wedding day (it also helps when I totally forget what our old address was).
4. Use a glue stick or sponge on your wedding envelopes
I thought about that Seinfeld episode where George Constanza's fiancee Susan died from licking her wedding envelopes MULTIPLE times throughout the wedding planning process (mostly because it's so funny), and also because you realize after you've licked a couple envelopes just how gross they are. I highly recommend using a glue stick (or you can cut a small piece from a sponge and wet it) to seal your envelopes. It'll make your life way easier (and your mouth not taste so weird).
5. Create a shared google doc for the seating plan
Chances are your parents and future in-laws have a few (or a lot) of guests to invite to your wedding. But figuring out where to put them can feel like a game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey. While you can use a fancy wedding seating chart tool, a google doc (like this one) will also help you organize your wedding tables AND let you share it with family members, who can make their own changes or additions. Note: The linked Google doc looks a little confusing (at least to me) at first, but once you figure out a) you replace the word "family" with a guest and b) each table goes down and not across it makes sense. Instead of a Google Sheet you can also just use a Google Doc and list out the tables like this (which looks painfully simple but works, especially since your parents can easily delete or add names that way without screwing anything up):
6. Wear your wedding shoes around the house before your wedding
Breaking in your shoes on your wedding day does not sound like the most comfortable idea, nor does slipping down the aisle in your un-scuffed heels. Try wearing your wedding shoes once a day around the house in the weeks leading up to your wedding to get them ready for the big day.
7. But also bring a pair of flats
I seriously cannot begin to express just how sore my feet were by 2 a.m. on our wedding night. I even thought for a moment that I broke or sprained one of both of them, they hurt so much. If I were a smarter person I would have brought a cute pair of wedding flats to wear once the dancing began. It's also smart to think about buying some inexpensive flip-flops to offer to guests as wedding favors.
8. Wear a button-down shirt
Depending on where you get your wedding hair and makeup done, you'll want to wear either a button-down shirt or robe that allows you to easily change out of it and into your wedding dress without messing up your gorgeous wedding hairstyle and perfectly shined lips. Wedding Idea: Think about wearing a men's button-down shirt along with your bridesmaids (instead of the classic robes) for a fun photo op. You can even get them monogrammed with each of your bridesmaids initials for a unique bridesmaid gift.
9. Avoid drinking early in the day
I love champagne as much as the next person, but too much of it before wedding photos and your ceremony might have you tired, glassy-eyed, and dehydrated. Save the champagne with your bridesmaids photo-op until 30 minutes or so before the ceremony, which will leave you feeling juuuuust right.