Last weekend, I got married. To the attendees, I’m sure it was pretty much flawless, but to myself and my new wife, there was a lot of juggling behind the scenes. And I’ve also found that, while there’s plenty of advice for the bride, there’s not much for the groom. So, fresh from the honeymoon, and now with battle-hardened experience, here are five ways to ensure your wedding day goes smoothly.
Get A Hotel Near The Ceremony Site, The Venue, Or Both, and Make Everybody Who Needs To Be There, Stay There.
We actually had our wedding at a restaurant that was part of a larger complex that included a major hotel, which we took out rooms for and made sure the bridal party, groomsmen and our parents stayed in. Cutting out traffic really helped cut down on the stress.
Get There An Hour Beforehand
People get lost, venue owners make minor mistakes, family members need to know what goes where, and so on. If you’ve been doing your job, you know how things work and will have answers for the dozens of questions you’ll get.
Get Groomsmen You Can Delegate To
It never hurts to have helpers, and, especially if you’re stuck dealing with problems beforehand, it helped I had my father and two close friends at hand to help me deal with problems, flag me if things were going wrong, and help hand stuff out.
Get A Cellphone That Works
The bride isn’t going to have a phone; dresses don’t have pockets and wedding dresses are even more adamant the bride doesn’t need pockets than most. So anybody seeking to contact the happy couple on their special day are going to be calling you. If your cell is a piece of crap, get one that works; even a fifteen-dollar flip-phone will be better than a busted smartphone.
Brief Yourself On The Wedding Plans
Seriously. Bring a binder and stow it somewhere if you have to, but you will be consulting it at least a few times before you take your place at the top of the aisle. Make sure others know where it is, too.
Oh, and try to relax. You won’t be able to until the rings are on and you finally get something to eat, but hey, it’s the effort that counts.