10 things you are most likely to forget when planning your wedding
Wedding planning is stressful, and if you’re anything like most brides you’re having stress dreams that you show up to the wedding and something important is just…forgotten. No music, no food, maybe even no dress! So what are you actually most likely to forget?
1. The legal stuff
This might seem boring, but if you want your marriage to be official on the day, it’s kinda the most important part! If you’ve got an experienced priest or officiant, this shouldn’t be a problem, but it’s worth making sure they know what they’re doing. The details depend on where you’re based.
After your wedding it will be awhile before all the paperwork goes through and you can collect a Marriage Certificate to prove things. That means you can’t change your name on your driver’s license or other legal documents for a while, so don’t book honeymoon flights or anything serious in your new name.
2. A plan for getting ready
Where are you going to get ready, and who is going to be there? First things first, think about the practicalities: how far is it from the ceremony venue or the hair and makeup salon? How many people are going to comfortably fit in the space? Are the bride and groom getting ready at the same place or different places? Is your family getting ready at the same place, or somewhere else?
You should also consider the aesthetic side of things. How will the wedding photos of you getting in your bridal gown look? Lots of people choose to get ready in a hotel room or in a friend’s home to save the stress of keeping the house tidy enough for pictures, or because the lighting in their own place is bad for photos.
Whatever you decide, make sure everyone knows where they’re getting ready so the morning runs smoothly.
3. The set up
It takes a lot of effort to choose all the right things for your wedding, from the decorations to the cake and everything in between. It’s important to think about who is going to set these things up for the wedding. How soon can you get access to the venue? Will the venue provide any set up of tables, sound equipment etc? What on the day set up needs to be done and who will be responsible? Think about things like putting out the cake and making sure there’s a knife for it to be cut with, sticking a sign out the front with directions for people as they get out of the car, or other details that need to be done on the day.
4. Wedding entertainment
Wedding entertainment is one of those things that people tend to overlook. Most commonly, people consider the need for a wedding DJ so their guests can hit the dance floor at the reception, but they forget to think about the ambiance of the ceremony. Who is playing music when you walk down the aisle? Do they know what they’re doing? Do they have the sound equipment to do this? What is going to keep your guests occupied while you are signing the register? Think about every part of the wedding where music or other entertainment might be needed, and make sure you’ve got it covered.
It might seem obvious to you that the Best Man, Maid of Honour or parents of the bride will give a speech at the wedding reception, but different people observe different traditions, and some people have never been to a wedding. Make sure you decide who you want speeches from early in the planning process and speak to each of them about it as soon as you can, giving them plenty of time to prepare.
Another note on speeches: think about how you will ensure your speech notes are there on the wedding day. You probably won’t be able to hide them in your wedding dress, and your groom might prefer to keep his pockets free so the suit doesn’t look funny. Consider giving them to your wedding planner or ask your photographer nicely (those camera bags come in handy), a bridesmaid who is carrying a clutch, or a trusted family member with pockets or a bag could also be an option.
6. Food for the bridal party
Make sure you’ve thought about providing food for the bridal party throughout the wedding day, starting with a good breakfast. Even if you think you’re going to be too nervous to eat, you don’t want a bridesmaid fainting as she walks down the aisle because she didn’t want to ruin your day by asking for food. Prepare food a couple of days before and have it on hand, have something delivered, or ask a friend to be in charge of bringing around food.
Breakfast isn’t the only meal of the day! It’s a good idea to make sure your bridal party has refreshments while you’re getting your photos taken, between the ceremony and the reception. Most important of all, make sure everyone has plenty of fresh water to drink, especially if it’s hot.
7. Photographer’s assistant
You’ve hired a photographer, and they may even bring along an assistant of their own, so you’re covered right? Well, almost. It’s a good idea to designate an informal ‘assistant’ for your photographer, specifically for when family photos are being taken. Ideally, this person should be familiar with both the bride and groom’s extended families (consider having one person from each side of the family if that’s easier). Their job is essentially to function as a people-wrangler, to make sure everyone is there when the photographer is ready to take group shots. Without someone performing this role, you’ll be shouting across crowds at the wedding, and you might even end up with people missing from important photos.
8. Paying vendors
Make sure you know how all your vendors expect to be paid, and when. If you can pay before the wedding, do it! It’s definitely best to get it taken care of and out of the way. Some vendors, however, will expect to be paid in cash on the day of the wedding. Choose someone you trust to be responsible for making sure the money changes hands. This might be your wedding planner, a member of the bridal party, or a close family friend. Make sure they have enough money to cover overtime if it’s needed and a tip, if that’s the norm where you live.
If vendors expect to be paid shortly after the wedding (within a week, a fortnight, or a month is common), it may still be best to assign this job to someone else. The last thing you want, as you’re winding down from the festivities, is to be worrying about money and deadlines.
9. The pack up
Once the bride and groom have said their goodbyes and been whisked away in the limo, what happens? There’s packing up and cleaning to be done. Rented chairs and other equipment needs to be returned, gifts need to be collected and brought to your house, and someone has to sort out which aunty you borrowed each of those 20 vases from. It’s a huge job, and it’s easy to forget about it if you’re not going to have to be there. You really need to plan this in advance, though. Talk to family and friends and see who can help out. Others might end up jumping in to make it faster, but it’s good to leave someone in charge with specific instructions. Give them full details on what needs to go where and how things need to be left, especially if the venue doesn’t come with staff who can help direct the efforts.
10. Thank you cards
I know, I know…you wouldn’t forget your thank you cards! Unfortunately, this is one of those things that is often overlooked for too long after the wedding. Ideally, they should all be sent out within two months after the big day: the sooner the better. That time slips away so fast, especially if you have a lot of cards to write, so start early. How early? Before the wedding!
Order your thank you cards when you order your wedding invitations, and then begin writing your thank you notes for gifts that arrive before the wedding and for your vendors (to include with their payment on the day). Then do some every day after the wedding until they’re done. Otherwise, it’s all too easy to wake up in a honeymoon haze two months after the wedding and think ‘oh right, the thank you cards’. This is rude, and stressful! Avoid it at all costs.
Plan your Wedding Day | Morning to Evening
As your wedding day approaches, the month or two before can seem slow. All of the heavy planning is over, deposits are made and time is ticking down to saying “I do.” Brides and grooms often use this time to relax, which is key to making the most of the big day. No couple wants to be so stressed and overworked that they’re exhausted when it finally arrives. One thing that couples should do during this “lull” time is plan through their day from morning through the evening and think about any “essentials” that they might need.
WHERE AM I GETTING MARRIED?
If you’re a bride getting married outdoors, there are many items that are important to consider. A sweater that will comfortably go over your dress is one, along with allergy meds if it’s in a season with high pollen and you’re prone allergies. Heel covers are also essential for outdoor weddings. Even if you’re not planning to walk on the grass, your photographer might take you there for some photos, and you don’t want your wedding heels sinking into the dirt. If you’re going to be in the beating sun, also consider sunscreen. Makeups and lip products with SPF are always a good bet. Your venue has likely seen a lot of weddings, so get in touch with them to discuss the pros and cons of indoor and outdoor settings, as well as to see what options they have available and suggest.
WHAT AM I WEARING?
Wedding gowns are typically picked out months in advance. But what about undergarments? Brides often focus solely on their dress and end up forgetting about everything else. Make sure you have everything you need to feel comfortable, covered and supported. Many suggest having a comfortable strapless bra in your bag in case you need extra support when stepping into your dress on the big day. Tailors and seamstresses often recommend staying out of your dress as much as possible to avoid any tears or imperfections from the natural oils on your fingers, so the fit could always be a little off from what you expect, in which case it’s best to be prepared.
WHAT PLANS DO I HAVE FOR HAIR AND MAKEUP?
If you’re getting your hair and makeup done professionally, be sure to have trial runs with your artist or hair dresser in advance. This will help make sure they know what you’re looking for and will also help give you a timeframe for how long it will take to have everything done. This will be important for photographer as he or she plans out a timeframe for photo sessions. Even if someone is doing your makeup, keep your own waterproof mascara, concealer and moisturizer on hand for quick touch ups. To keep everything in one place, consider a special bridal makeup bag.
WHAT DO I NEED TO STAY COMFORTABLE?
Whether it’s heel cushions for your shoes or Tylenol for a headache, consider anything you might need to stay calm and comfortable throughout the day. Many brides pack an extra pair of flats or flip flops to change into something more foot-friendly for the dancefloor, as well as a change of clothes for when it’s time to end the evening.
WHO IS IMPORTANT TO ME ON THIS DAY?
There are so many people that are going to be key to making your wedding go off perfectly. Make a list of all of them, and think about small gifts or thank-you cards. Many couples tip their vendors, so it’s a nice gesture to have a small thank-you card with your tip. Think about members of the bridal party – bridesmaids gifts are always fun to give and make for some adorable photo opps! This is also a great time to show your parents and in-laws how much you appreciate them. Etsy is full of unique gift ideas if you’re struggling to find something just right!
As the big day nears, couples get more and more excited to say “I do,” and the best thing to do during this time is to relax, be positive, be prepared and celebrate every minute with your husband- or wife-to-be and loved ones.
If you’re looking for more bridal inspiration, tips and ideas, check out other posts on the Le Jardin blog! And if you’ve yet to find your perfect venue, consider Le Jardin with indoor and outdoor settings to compliment every couple’s wishes.
Wedding season is upon us! If you are a bride, chances are you have been to or are planning to attend a few Utah bridal shows. Bridal shows can be a great way to meet a large quantity of wedding vendors in one place. It can also be very overwhelming if you don’t have a game plan. Le Jardin weddings is here with some great tips and tricks for brides attending one of many Utah bridal shows this year!
Utah Bridal Shows | Tips and Tricks for Brides
Check the Website
Most large bridal shows will have a website for the event. About a week before the show, hop online and print out the vendor list. Some shows will even have a map showing where each wedding vendor will be located at the venue.
Create a Game Plan
Figure out which wedding vendors you still need to book. Check the Utah bridal show’s vendor list and put a star on each vendor for those categories you still need. You can even use a different symbol for each vendor type, if you want to get really organized! Then, rank them from most to least important to you. If you have a map of the show, find the vendor at the top of your list and use that as your starting point. Then create a flow chart to make sure you get to all the vendors you want to talk to.
Some Utah bridal shows (especially the larger ones) will have a door prize for the first x number of guests. If this is important to you, make sure you show up early! The better the prize, the earlier you will want to get in line. Once the doors open, make a beeline for your #1 vendor on your list. Being the first to get to that vendor allows you to speak to them before things get crazy. Also, most wedding vendors at Utah bridal shows run specials and do end up booking brides throughout the day. So, hitting your most important vendors first gives you the best chance of booking them before someone else.
Many wedding vendors at Utah bridal shows run giveaways. This is a great way for vendors to get your contact information so they can follow up later. Here’s a pro tip from Le Jardin: Bring pre-printed labels with your name, your fiancé’s name, wedding date, email address, and phone number. Then, instead of writing your information out potentially hundreds of times at each booth, you can just stick your label on the form!
Don’t Forget the Small Shows
While there are several “big” Utah bridal shows each year, watch for some of the smaller shows, usually hosted at Utah wedding venues. These bridal shows allow you to tour the venue while meeting with vendors in a less rushed, more intimate setting. Usually, the vendors at these shows have been hand-selected by the venue because they have a great track record of quality and bride satisfaction.
Le Jardin Bridal Show and Open House
Le Jardin will be hosting a Bridal Show and Open House this Friday, April 18th 2018, from 5-9 p.m. We would love to see you there and show you around our beautiful garden venue. We have over 20 Utah wedding vendors joining us, ready to talk to you about making your wedding day absolutely perfect!
First look sessions are a fairly new addition to the ritual of getting married. But, it’s one that’s growing in popularity. The moment in which you and the one you intend to marry see each other in your wedding clothes is memorable, making it something worth documenting.
Trevor and Siri chose to do their beautiful first look session at Le Jardin. Their photographer, Jordan Burningham said,
“The session was a dream, it definitely shows in every image. Their love, joy, excitement and happiness, was what made this session come alive. I am super excited for these to love birds. It was a honor to capture this special moment for them. So they could look back on these beautiful genuine images and have a laugh, a smile or a watery eye of joy. It was definitely one of my favorite sessions I have ever done. ”
First Look Sessions: Why You Should Consider Doing One
Record the Emotion
One reason to do a first look session is that it will record the love, excitement, happiness and joy that you’re sure to feel when you see the person you’ll be spending your eternity with in their wedding attire. A first look session will give you the time to soak it all in.
While your wedding day will be filled with love and happiness, it will also include many distractions ranging from family and friends who will need your attention to potential problems that may require decisions from you. A first look session makes sure that the two of you get to appreciate each other without interference.
A Good Choice for LDS Couples
A first look photo session is a good choice for LDS couples since they are unable to take pictures during the temple ceremony. By booking this type of photo session, you’ll have even more keepsakes of this special occasion.
Enjoying Your Big Day
Often, the newly married couple winds up missing an hour or more of their wedding festivities taking pictures. When you get married, you’ll want pictures of you and your new spouse with the wedding party, family and close friends. A first look photo session gives you the chance to get these shots before the big day begins. Not only does this ensure that you look fresh and vibrant for your pictures, but it also gives you the time to relax and enjoy your reception.
A Few Other Benefits
A first look session will give you the chance to take the photos during the perfect lighting conditions. It also allows for more photographic creativity since you and your photographer can plan the moment ahead of time. By booking this kind of photoshoot, your pictures will likely be more authentic because you’ll feel relaxed and comfortable.
Remembering Once in a Lifetime Moments
First look sessions are fun. They also give you the opportunity to get the tears out of the way. The first time that you see your beloved in his or her wedding clothes is a once in a lifetime moment. By booking a first look session, you’ll have a picture of it.
Selecting a Utah wedding venue requires more than just locating the prettiest setting and reserving it. While that is a major part of selecting your venue, there are questions that are important to ask before signing a contract. Le Jardin would love to share some of the best questions to ask before you book a Utah wedding venue.
Questions to Ask Before You Book a Utah Wedding Venue
Is the venue available for the day of my wedding?
If you’ve selected a wedding day, then make sure that the venue is available for that day. If it isn’t, you’ll either need to look for a different place to have it or change the day of your wedding. This is less of a problem if you’re still trying to select a date. In fact, venue availability may help you narrow down your wedding day.
How convenient is the location?
Before booking your Utah wedding venue, consider whether its location is convenient. Can your guests travel there easily? If you’re planning to hold your wedding in your hometown, then you should be fine, but if you decide to have it at a ski resort or national park, then some of your guests may not be able to attend.
How much does the venue cost?
Venues that host weddings and receptions will likely give you a price quote when you tour the area, but make sure that you know what the quote includes. For instance, does it include the cost of equipment like tables, chairs and tents? Or, do those things cost extra. Also, you may have to rent these items from a separate company, so be sure to include the cost for doing so.
How many people can it hold?
When shopping for a Utah wedding venue, be sure to ask the facility about the capacity. Places that hold large events have strict regulations and rules regarding capacity to ensure safety. If the number of people you intend to invite is close to the venue’s capacity, you may want to consider booking a larger space. Of course, you can always trim your guest list. Also, if you book a large space and invite just a few guests, then the venue could look empty. In this case, it might be best to find something smaller.
Making Sure Your Big Day is Perfect
While weddings are infamous for snafus, you can avoid most of them with preparation. By making sure you ask the right questions about a venue before booking it, you’ll likely save yourself time and maybe even money. Questions will also help you choose the right Utah wedding venue.
Weddings are often expensive affairs, so it’s important to save where you can. If you’re doing most of the planning yourself, then there are a number of free wedding planning resources for Utah brides. Here are a few of the best. And just because we can, we have thrown in some gorgeous photos from a real wedding at The Chateau at Le Jardin, our Utah wedding venue, courtesy of C. Wilson Photography!
Free Wedding Planning Resources for Utah Brides
Salt Lake Bride
From helping you organize everything that needs to be done for your wedding to offering advice about finances, Salt Lake Bride is a helpful free wedding planning resource. The site will also direct you toward where to purchase your wedding attire, bridal gifts and rentals. It even recommends entertainment and photographers.
The WeddingHappy App
If you’re planning your wedding without the help of a professional wedding planner, then download the free WeddingHappy app. This program works like a personal assistant. It features tasks that will guide you through the many things that you’ll need to do to arrange your wedding. The WeddingHappy app even delivers alerts when important deadlines arrive. For instance, it will tell you to mail your invitations or pay the deposit to the DJ.
Utah Bride & Groom
Utah Bride & Groom is another website that offers advice about how to plan your dream wedding. On the site, you’ll discover the latest wedding dress and tux fashions as well as guidance on doing it all yourself. The site includes dessert recommendations, and it will help you decide what to feed your wedding guests. This free wedding planning site has everything you need to organize your special day.
Utah Valley Bride
For vendor recommendations and theme advice, visit Utah Valley Bride. This site is descriptive, and it will help you come up with ways to personalize your big day. Utah Valley Bride features bridal show information if you want to head to one of these events. It will also help you choose a venue.
Saving Money Where You Can
Free wedding planning resources make it easy to save money on this pricey expense. While it’s nice to be able to hire someone to help you plan your dream wedding, we know that not everyone has the funds available to do so. With help from these free wedding planning resources, you’ll be able to arrange a wedding day to remember.
Spring is the perfect time to get married since it’s the time of year when the weather gets warmer and the flowers start to blossom. Here are a few tips and tricks for planning a spring wedding in Utah, along with photos by the talented David Terry Photography from Aline & Bruno’s real garden wedding and reception at The Chateau at Le Jardin, our beautiful indoor & outdoor garden wedding venue and reception center.
Tips and Tricks for Planning a Spring Wedding in Utah
Spring weddings often feature the same pastels when it comes to color. Pale pink, light blue and green come to mind. Consider changing it up by giving pastels a new look. For instance, pair contrasting shades such as brown and sky blue or pink. If brown isn’t your favorite shade, try blending lime green with lavender, or combine coral and light tan. Choosing bright, bold color combinations is another way to go. To make it look elegant, be sure to select one or two colors to use throughout your wedding.
Planning the Food
These days, the food served at weddings tends to run the gamut from fancy meals involving several courses to waffle bars and buffets. For an outdoor spring wedding, you could embrace the warmer weather by serving barbeque cuisine or picnic type fare. Keeping it simple is another option. In this case, serve something like finger sandwiches, in-season vegetables and cake. When it comes to the menu, it’s always wise to work with the season instead of against it. That way, you’re offering the best possible menu to your guests.
A Spring Wedding Cake
For your spring wedding in Utah, consider hiring a bakery that makes delicate flowers formed from rice paper. The decorative pieces are as pretty as real blossoms, but they’ll stay intact if your wedding day is on the warm side. Display your cake by adding garland or a fabric draping behind it. If you want something more contemporary, order miniature cheesecakes, chocolate covered fruit or cupcakes instead of a traditional wedding cake.
Choose a Spectacular Venue
The nice thing about living in Utah is its views. Venues like Le Jardin offer amazing sights of the surrounding area. Along with the view, a year-round garden provides the perfect setting for your wedding and reception. Not only is the venue a beautiful one, but it also features indoor areas in case it rains or snows on your wedding day, making it ideal for spring.
Your Spring Wedding in Utah
Spring is the perfect time to have your wedding in Utah. When you let the season inspire you, it can almost plan the event. Let us help you make your big day memorable. At Le Jardin, we create dream weddings. Contact us to schedule a tour today.
When sifting through and considering all the wedding venues in Salt Lake City, this garden reception at Le Jardin is sure to make you stop and smile. The sunny yellows and baby blues were absolutely perfect for a spring wedding in the indoor gardens and greenhouses of our beautiful Utah reception center.
Wedding Venues in Salt Lake City | Le Jardin
Nikki & Aaron were married in the Payson LDS Temple and chose to have their beautiful garden reception here at Le Jardin. We love when brides come take a tour and absolutely fall in love. There are so many unique wedding venues in Salt Lake City and the surrounding area, but we know we truly have something special here.
We love the delicate lace on Nikki and Aaron’s wedding cake. So subtle and intricate, and the fresh flowers compliment instead of overpower the beautiful simplicity of the cake itself. We adore those yellow rosebuds.
One of the great things about Le Jardin is that the venue is already naturally decorated, with gazebos, twinkle lights, and flora and fauna from corner to corner. We love how Nikki and Aaron embraced the already naturally beautiful décor and opted for simple centerpieces that blended instead of distracted from the garden setting.
The baby blue of the flowers and lace accents was carried through to the darling bridesmaid dresses of Nikki’s friends and family.
Don’t miss the giant lighted LOVE letters and the adorable ring bearer and flower girl cutting a rug!
We hope you enjoy perusing this beautiful photos by Mary Jessica Photography from Nikki and Aaron’s spring wedding at Le Jardin. As you narrow down your wedding location out of the dozens of wedding venues in Salt Lake City, we hope you will give us a call for a tour so you can experience all Le Jardin has to offer, from our two indoor garden buildings to the beautiful Chateau courtyard and gazebo. We would love to work with you to make your wedding day the type of event dreams are made of! Contact us for a tour today!
We are so excited to share this gorgeous real wedding at Utah reception center, Le Jardin, featuring wedding flowers with style by our on-site floral shop, The Rose Shop! You don’t want to miss this one…from and incredible bridal bouquet to a flower crown of dreams, this is the wedding every little girl hopes for when they grow up. Our real bride and groom Ashley and Jacob have impeccable taste, and the talented designers at The Rose Shop were able to create everything exactly the way they wanted. The couple’s photographer, Hannah McCall Photography captured everything beautifully!
Wedding Flowers with Style
Many people discount the subtle beauty of greenery when they envision their wedding flowers, but not Ashley & Jacob. They included sprigs of beautiful green all over their wedding reception, both outdoors in the courtyard and inside the beautiful greenhouses. They even softened the corners of their welcome sign with a little bunch.
And check out their Wall of Donuts…notice anything? Yep, that amazing greenery softening the edges of the wall! And can we just say how amazing a donut wall is? I want one in my house.
Wouldn’t you agree that Ashley’s bouquet is absolute perfection? Not quite a freshly gathered look, the shape of her bouquet definitely screams elegance, but with a little bit of boho. And her matching flower crown? It’s subtle beauty is in it’s un-gaudy nature. Ashley is such a stunning bride…she worked with our designers to come up with a look that enhances, doesn’t take away from, her natural beauty.
We hope you have enjoyed a look at this beautiful Le Jardin wedding. Ashley and Jacob’s wedding flowers by The Rose Shop, our in-house florist in Sandy, are our favorite mix of elegance, boho chic, and subtlety. We invite you to take a tour of Le Jardin and also stop in to meet with a Rose Shop designer at the same time! Call today for a tour.
We are so excited to share this beautiful wedding at your favorite indoor and outdoor wedding venue, Le Jardin! Megan and Trey were married in an LDS temple then chose to have their beautiful garden reception at Le Jardin, utilizing both our lush gardens and climate-controlled greenhouse.
Outdoor Wedding Venue | Le Jardin
Our gardens were in full bloom in our immaculate courtyard for Megan and Trey’s reception and both Le Jardin and The Chateau greenhouses were filled with greenery and flowers as usual. A reason many of our brides choose to book with us is that we are both an indoor and outdoor wedding venue. Megan and Trey utilized this to the fullest with their reception that spread from the outdoor gardens into our greenhouses.
Booking an indoor/outdoor wedding venue also lets you plan for the worst case scenario. When you plan a spring or summer wedding, you always hope for perfect weather…but we live in Utah! It has snowed in July and hit 69 degrees on Thanksgiving. Bottom line, the weather is unpredictable. It could rain or be 100 degrees. Our indoor greenhouses are climate controlled to be nice and cool in the summer and warm and inviting in the winter. The perfect balance, especially paired with our gardens outside.
The indoor greenhouses at Le Jardin provided the perfect place for the cake cutting and dancing. Especially on a hot summer day, an outdoor wedding venue only can melt a beautiful cake in less than 10 minutes! And a bride’s perfectly coiffed hair and makeup can be a sweaty mess after one Congo line.
We adore this sparkler exit! The beautiful gardens of Le Jardin in the background and friends and loved ones seeing the happy couple off. Megan and Trey’s wedding photographer, Mary Jessica Photography totally nailed the lighting and timing of their exit. Perfection!
We hope you have enjoyed this beautiful wedding at our indoor and outdoor wedding venue, Le Jardin. Engaged? We would love to show you around! Call us today to book a tour!
We would also like to invite you to our Wedding Open House at Le Jardin, featuring flowers by The Rose Shop and exclusive discounts on both Le Jardin and The Rose Shop!
Join us Saturday, January 6th from 12-9 p.m. at 1910 Dimple Dell Rd. in Sandy, Utah. Tour our beautiful garden and greenhouses and enjoy catered food tastings as you peruse our beautiful wedding flowers and decor ideas. We hope to see you there!