Wedding Planning Abroad: The Big Day!

Wedding Planning Abroad - The Big Day

After months of planning, decision making, preparations and stress the big day is finally here! This is your special day to celebrate you and your partner coming together in a formalized union. Remember to focus on the two of you and what brought you to this special day. Forget about worrying about others. Leave everything up to your bridal party and the suppliers to do the job they were hired for 😉 Today’s post is my final post in my Wedding Planning Abroad series. It talks about the tasks to think of for the day of the wedding.

5 tasks to ensure you’ve planned for the Big Day

  • Speak to your photographer, make up artist and venue coordinator about the timeline. Find out how much time the make up artist and photographer need. Also don’t forget to take the sunset times into consideration for photographs. Find out from the venue coordinator, how much time the kitchen or caterer needs in between food courses. If you’re doing speeches then give your bridal party a guideline as to how much time they have to talk. Once you’ve worked this all out you can then work backwards from the evening reception to the beginning of the day to establish a timeline of events.
  • Ask your venue if they will provide food and refreshments while you and the bridal party are getting ready. It’s a long day and you don’t want to be a starving bride.
  • If your wedding venue has a coordinator then give them a list of the suppliers contact details in case there is an emergency or if a supplier is running late and they need to be contacted. Print an extra copy of contact details to give to your Maid of Honour or Head Bridesmaid.
  • Draw up a list in advance of people you want in each of the family/group photos. Give this list to someone in the bridal party or a family member so that this person can manage everyone who needs to be around for the photos. This will also save time looking for people when it’s time to do the group photos.
  • You may also need to ask someone to be responsible for collecting specific items (eg. we had a photo booth and needed someone to collect the dvd from the supplier at the end of the night) or gifts at the wedding.

Stop and soak it all in…

The day flies by so quickly. When you have a chance, take a moment from the day to yourselves to stop and appreciate everything. This is most likely the one time in your lives when you will have all your loved ones together in one place celebrating you both as a couple. Soak it all in and feel the love!

It’s been fun revisiting all the things that I thought of while planning our wedding and writing about it here on my blog. It’s reminded me how detail obsessed I am LOL! If anything hopefully my wedding planning abroad series has been interesting and also given you some some guidance on planning a wedding abroad. If you missed last week’s post that mentions all the posts in this series then you can see it here: Wedding Planning Abroad: Final thoughts

Thanks for reading and happy wedding planning!


  1. 8th September 2016 / 7:25 AM

    It is such a great feeling when everything falls into place and you are able to just enjoy the biggest day of your life 🙂

    • whatudidntknowblog
      8th September 2016 / 11:01 AM

      Hi Miriam, yes it is! I can remember being overwhelmed with emotion walking into the reception room and seeing how amazing everything looked! 😉

    • whatudidntknowblog
      10th September 2016 / 10:27 AM

      Thanks so much! And thank you for mentioning my blog!!

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