Wedding planning can be full on so if there’s offers of help from family and friends, be sure to jump at them! There’s lots of wedding tasks you’ll have to tackle yourself. BUT, there are plenty of things others can take on as well if you’ve some obliging helpers. Check out some great ways to share the load below… and some sweet ways to make those closest to you feel part of your special day.
Main photo from Brenda & Scott’s real wedding by The Fennells
1. Shopping Trips
From dress and accessories shopping to decor hunting (IKEA anyone?), there’ll be plenty of fun outings on the horizon! Invite your mum or pals along and make them into a fun day out. Or ask your mates to keep an eye out for items you’re after like gold candles or silver dresses for the bridesmaids. Your mum will also be looking for her special dress for the Big Day so be sure to join her! It’s a lovely chance to spend some time together.
2. DIY Sessions
If you’ve got some crafty pals or family members, it could be fun to have some DIY sessions over a couple of glasses of wine! Invite a gang around for the chats and get stuck into a project. From sprucing up mason jars for your tables to glueing ribbons to mass booklets or writing names on place cards, some extra hands will make the job much easier and will be good craic too.
3. Shop for Bathroom Baskets & Put Them Together
Photo by This Modern Romance via Style Me Pretty
Bathroom baskets will be a big hit with guests in need of a freshen up – this could be a project your mum could help with or take charge of! Find out what to include here.
4. Gather Addresses
When the invites arrive back, it’s going to be a flurry of writing and scrambling for addresses. Gathering this info can take time so why not ask your mum or dad to help you out.
5. Chase RSVPs
One of the most painful parts of wedding planning is waiting for the RSVPs to come back. And you might be waiting a while! Inevitably, there’ll be some chasing to do so get your mum or dad on the case and get them to help you to check in with family members or friends.
6. Join You for a Pampering Sesh
There’s going to be lots of pampering in those final few weeks so why not include your mum, bridesmaids or friends while you’re at it. Invite them along to a spa day or to get their nails done. It will be some lovely quality girly time and of course practical too!!
7. Gather Old Photos
Photo from Julie & Sean’s real wedding by Michelle Prunty Photography
We love the idea of including photos from your relationship or childhood in your Big Day. And who better to help you root out old childhood pics – your mum or dad! It will be a lovely trip down memory lane and a great help.
8. Compile a Playlist
A playlist is a great way to get the party atmosphere started as you and your ladies get glammed up on the wedding morning. Delegate this task to one of your friends or bridesmaids. They can pop on lots of you and the girls’ faves… and some surprises! Check out some of the brilliant songs to include here!
9. Put Together a Bridal Emergency Kit
Photo via Oh Happy Day
This trusty little kit is full of useful pieces like a sewing kit and baby wipes and might come to the rescue on the wedding day. Get your mum or bridesmaids to help you put your bridal emergency kit together – check out what to include here.
10. Source Your Something Old/Blue/Borrowed
If you’re going down the ‘Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue’ route, you could task the sweet job of sourcing some pieces to your mum. A brooch bouquet is another lovely way mum can help and is a great way to include some sentimental pieces.
11. Make Dessert Table Treats
Dessert tables have been incredibly popular these past few years! They’re a great way to display your favourite treats and showcase some talent. Yep, if you have a family member or friend who is a whizz in the kitchen, get them to bake their signature dish (if they’re up for it!). Guests will love being able to sample a range of sweet treats too.
There’s going to be lots of bits and pieces to be collected in those final few weeks so you could rope in your dad, mum or a friend to help you with them if they’re up for it. From collecting suits and dresses to chauffeuring decor to the hotel, there’ll be plenty of times you might need a hand.
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Pamela enjoys writing about all things decor (she loves buying it too) and has a not so secret addiction to stationery.