THREE FACTS: (1) Gaby and David met at work at an advertising agency in London (2) Gaby is Jewish and David is Christian, and they are planning an inclusive ceremony and party that will embrace both of their cultures (3) They are planning an urban luxe wedding in a converted London lighthouse – we LOVE the sound of this!
120 days to go
I’m sure every bride and groom can relate when I say I can’t believe how quickly time is flying. This weekend it will be exactly 4 months to go, which is madness.
I know leading up to the big day my time will be so stretched, so I’m trying to utilise free time as best as possible! One of those nagging tasks is writing a detailed schedule/logistics sheet for the day. This is so vital for smooth running and will make sure everyone knows their role, where they should be and what they should be doing.
The last thing I want on the day is to have loads of questions fired at me. As selfish as it sounds, I don’t want to have to think about anything on the morning of the wedding apart from breathing… and my dress!
Image by Gianni di Natale from Alicia and Arcady‘s wedding
I can’t believe how long it took to write a logistics sheet. The makeup and hair schedule alone took nearly 3 hours (and I had help from one of my bridesmaids!)
Some of you will read this and roll your eyes thinking “How could it possibly take you that long?”. Please, have a go and get back to me. If it takes a short amount of time then you’re a goddess and I need you.
Whilst writing the schedule and talking with my bridesmaid who is newly married, we came up with a list of useful points and questions.
Image by Kathleen Fox from Alie and Mike‘s wedding
Below is a snapshot of some of those key points!
Top tips for the big day:
- Ensure someone takes all the card/presents to a safe place and have that room locked or supervised
- Ensure there are snacks for the bridal part whilst getting ready — your makeup artists and hairdresser will appreciate this too!
- Put together a bridal handbag – and be sure to pack blotting paper or setting powder, lipstick/gloss, mints, spare shoes, and tissues.
- Reservation signs — it’s not always enough just placing a reserved sign on a seat. Make sure names are clearly printed. You wouldn’t believe how some people ignore the sign and sit down anyway causing a bit of a panic when someone from the wedding party walks down the aisle and can’t sit down because someone else is sitting in the seat!
Image by Catherine Carter from Clare and Chris‘ wedding
- Kippot — ensure someone hands them out unless you keep them in a place where guests help themselves.
- Make sure a podium is provided for speeches — it makes a difference to how a speech is conducted!
- Make sure you have a glass of champagne with you in your wedding car — it makes for nice photos!
I hope I’ve provided some wisdom — although I am winging it, but aren’t we all at the end of the day?!
Image by Ben Kelmer from Anna and Assaf‘s wedding
Click here to read all Gaby’s planning posts to date.
Gaby and David’s Wedding Vendors booked so far:
Venue – Trinity Buoy Wharf
Wedding planner – Kingsley Events
Photography – Reportage Gallery
Videography – Our Further Projects
Hair – Zoe Norris
Makeup – Frankie Neal