3 Practical Wedding Tips You Won’t Get From a Wedding Magazine

Good advice: you can never have too much of ’em, especially so on the day of your dream wedding in Tagaytay.

Chances are, you’ve already read articles (and listicles) on all sorts of wedding tips, but we’ve been to a lot of weddings/wedding receptions in Tagaytay ourselves, and we’ll tell you this– as great things are on your big day, there might be a few things that would slip your mind after all the guests have gone home.

So, ladies and gentlemen, Tagaytay soon-to-weds, here are three practical wedding tips you probably won’t be getting from wedding magazines:

1. Everyone makes a list of things to pack, but Offbeat Brides should also make a list of things to bring back.

Have you spent hours creating those programmes/fans? Did you create your own photo booth? Have you hand-crafted several ornate decorations that you plan to hang onto for several years? You’d be amazed at what people leave on site and forget to collect, simply because they think someone else has arranged to bring these keepsakes back.

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That DIY backdrop just isn’t going to pack itself up, you know? Make a checklist of all the props and styling elements you need to take home with you from the wedding venue, and assign someone to take care of that list when the event is done. Taken at Hillcreek Gardens, by Sofia’s Cakes Tagaytay-Amadeo Road.

Very often these things aren’t noticed until you come back from honeymoon, in which case the venue may have unwittingly thrown them out. The best way to circumvent this is to not only give your bridal party a list of things you must have back from the venue, but make sure the venue coordinator has a list of this as well. That way, if anything gets lost in the shuffle your venue coordinator will know to hang onto it for you until you get back from honeymoon, or can make other arrangements for delivery.

2. When it’s all over, remember to thank your vendors… publicly.

If you really love your vendor, one of the greatest gifts you can give them is to… write something that could sway couples to call that company.

Like most Tribesmaids, I’ve had a little love-in with nearly all my vendors. I simple cannot believe that they’ve taken some sketchy brief and come back with designs, flowers, decorations, etc., that completely surpassed my expectations. After the wedding I wrote each one an incredibly detailed thank you as I wanted them to be able to use my comments as a testimonial to share with other brides and grooms.

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Sending them “Thank You” cards/gifts, and thanking them in person is all great, but if you really want to thank your wedding suppliers (if you feel they did an awesome job for your big day!), thank them in public– at your wedding reception, on social media, or even better– write up a nice testimonial for them! Photo by Mike+Mai Photography, taken at Moon Garden/Lily Pond in Tagaytay.

If you really love your vendor, one of the greatest gifts you can give them is not just a letter of profuse thanks, but to also take it upon yourself to find a public site that rates said vendor and write something that could sway couples to call that company. I know it’s not really in our job descriptions to act as their marketing departments. But as so many of them went out of their way for me, I am genuinely moved to want to make a difference to their business.

3. Assign someone you trust to download as many photos as possible before your guests leave the party.

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Whether you choose to assign a hashtag, assign a group album online, or assign someone with a laptop and a card reader to copy all those wedding photos, it’s nice to have a copy of every little shot of every little thing that happened on your big day.

All of us already know that one of the great thing about weddings today is that almost everyone brings a digital camera. And although many of us also hire professional photographers, we still would like copies of the photos our guests have taken.

The best way to expedite this process is to brief someone who is a trusted friend to be your photo catcher. Their job is to download as many memory sticks as possible onto a designated laptop before your guests leave. If you catch people right then and there you have a much better chance of getting all the images you’d like and without the hassle of chasing them down later.

You’ll probably also have the best luck getting images if your photo catcher is NOT in the wedding party. We asked my dad to take on this role, but as a member of the wedding party he got waylaid with other duties at the time.

Need More Tips?

So much more from where that came from! You can find these exact same tips, and more from this post on The Offbeat Bride.

The Offbeat Bride, one of our favorite wedding websites for all sorts of uncommon advice and awesome inspiration.

The Offbeat Bride, one of our favorite wedding websites for all sorts of uncommon advice and awesome inspiration.

The Offbeat Bride is, hands down, one of our favorite wedding websites, with tons of good advice for soon-to-wed couples (whether you’re getting married in Tagaytay or some other place), and even for wedding vendors and wedding planners.  Check them out at www.offbeatbride.com.

Photos from Sofia’s Cakes Tagaytay-Amadeo Road.

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