This blog was originally published in June of 2015; we have since updated to reflect the most current and accurate information.
Wedding season is upon us, and for many nervous brides, that means last-minute panic over centerpieces, entertainment, transportation, and family harmony.
The stress can begin to take its toll, and you can forget to enjoy one of the most joyful experiences of your life.
Fortunately, there are easy ways to abate fears and relieve stresses; getting things done in plenty of advance is a great way to avoid last-second meltdowns.
If you’re lucky enough to be getting married in Chicago, the size and chaos of the city might be a stress all on its own.
Here are 3 things that every Chicago bride should know before her big day arrives.
Create an Intuitive Schedule
Planning for unexpected time constraints is a huge part of executing a great wedding.
This means accounting for those characters in your wedding who are likely to see 2:00 pm on the schedule and think it’s okay to roll in at 2:10.
An intuitive schedule will take into account how long it will take groomsmen to fix their ties and bridesmaids to do their hair and makeup. It accounts for the time required to get to the venue from your hotel, and from the rehearsal dinner to the after-dinner drinks.
It accounts for possibilities that may not be predictable.
+Account for possible traffic
+Estimate time spent gathering and organizing makeup, dress and accessories
+Estimate time needed to contact wedding party before leaving for venue and reception
When you have a solid schedule down before the big day arrives, you can focus your energy on other intangibles.
Because Chicago is a huge city that is likely to have heavy traffic on any given day, planning for, and communicating, your wedding’s schedule to your wedding party is vital to a successful day.
Consider Booking Transportation for Your Wedding Party
Of course, you’ll have beautiful wedding transportation for yourself and your new spouse, whether it’s a limousine for your ride to the airport after the reception or a gorgeous sedan to get you to the ceremony in the morning.
However, there is a lot of value in providing chauffeured transportation for your out-of-town wedding guests and members of your wedding party, as well.
Chicago is a huge city, and for first-time visitors, might feel confusing. Because your events are on a strict timeline, providing your guests with reliable transportation will help encourage punctuality and relieve any fears or stresses they feel in regards to rental cars and cabs.
Many of your wedding guests have traveled far and wide to enjoy your big day with you; providing them with outstanding Chicago car service is a way to say thank you and help them feel like a part of your celebration.
Consider Buying a Pair of Fashionable, Comfortable Flats
Many a bride has gotten to the end of her wedding ceremony only to notice that her feet are screaming. High-heeled shoes, while beautiful and fashionable, are not the best footwear for a day of walking, dancing, hugging and standing.
Consider going on the hunt for a pair of fashionable, yet comfortable flats. You can keep them in a small bag in your prep room and slip them onto your feet after you’ve said “I do.” You can even bring them along and change in the limousine to avoid wasting time before your reception.
The point is that you should be comfortable on your big day; you want to be able to enjoy your reception, rejoice and celebrate with your friends and dance the night away.
Uncomfortable shoes are a huge roadblock to a magical wedding reception. Invest in some attractive, sensible flats and look forward to a night of (comfortable) dancing.
Your Chicago wedding should be legendary, fun and gorgeous—all the things you’ve planned for! A little extra preparation, and a little more foresight, can go far in helping you enjoy your big day, relieved of fears and unnecessary nerves.
Photo Credit: Irina Patrascu Gheorghita