By Paula Ramirez with Historic Mankin Mansion

We all know that planning a wedding can be an overwhelming experience for any couple. So many details to consider, family and friends, and, of course, logistics. Organization and a ‘roll with the punches’ attitude will get you to your wedding day without feeling like a giant ball of stress! To make it a little easier, we’ve put together a list of some easily forgotten but important-to-remember logistical mistakes some couples make that are easily avoidable.

Not Allowing Enough Time for Hair and Makeup
Getting hair and makeup done with your bridal party is often one of the most fun parts of the day. Music, champagne, and lots of laughter are key for a bride on her wedding day, after all! However, we often see brides and other bridesmaids rushing at the end to get everything done, and it can quickly go from a fun morning to a highly stressful situation if it isn’t timed right. Be sure that you’ve done a trial several weeks or even a few months ahead of the wedding so the stylist knows how long it will take to complete your look. Also, give your stylist an approximate number of people getting hair and makeup services on the big day. They should be able to give you a rough estimate of how long it will take, but it’s smart to tack on an extra hour just to be sure.

Having an Aisle That is Too Narrow
Thinking about aisle width is likely at the very bottom of your list of things to worry about! It can get awkward very fast, however, if people are struggling to fit during their walk down the aisle. It’s especially important to consider if both parents are walking with you. If you’re getting married at a location where seating can easily be switched, or if you have a wedding planner, be sure this is something you bring up with them on or before the rehearsal. If not, and you find you need more space, you’ll need to practice at the rehearsal to come up with an alternative way to walk down the aisle.

Forgetting About Transportation
If your ceremony is at one location and your reception at another, be careful about timing the cocktail hour and reception. Remember, guests will have to make their way over to the second venue and, if they are driving their own vehicles, it can move at a very slow pace! We often recommend providing transportation via buses or trolleys if possible, as it forces guests to remain alert and on time. In doing so, it is imperative to include the shuttle service for the end of the night as well, as your guests will need to get back to their cars at the ceremony site. If a shuttle service is not in the budget, you’ll want to opt for a venue where these logistics are all worked out for you and not an added stress or logistical concern.

The good news about wedding planning is that you don’t have to do it alone! With help from professional wedding planners, your wedding party and your partner, you won’t have any trouble putting together the wedding of your dreams.

Photo Credits: Julie Adams Portrait

Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed & breakfast. They have lovingly restored this national landmark to its original grandeur and are honored to share the treasured estate with couples and their families. For more information, please visit www.historicmankinmansion.com.