Weddings: Why The Smallest Details Sometimes Have the Biggest Impact

Burgh Brides expert Victoria Deardorff is here to help ensure the tiniest parts of your wedding day don’t go unnoticed.
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Do we need welcome bags for out-of-town guests?
While welcome bags aren’t imperative, they are a nice touch if your budget allows for them. Traveling for a wedding can often be very expensive, and these small touches of comfort are a simple way to show your gratitude — and they don’t need to be extravagant. Bottles of water, some snacks, a guide to the city, and an itinerary of your wedding weekend are enough to make your guests feel welcomed and appreciated.

What is one thing couples often forget to do the week of their wedding?
In the final days before your wedding, there will be many loose ends to tie up, and spending quality time with a partner often gets put at the bottom of the to-do list. It’s important to slow down and celebrate the next step you’re about to take, whether that’s by scheduling a date night, visiting the spot where you had your first kiss, writing each other a love letter or simply reminiscing about your journey together.

What items should I have ready for my photographer the morning of the wedding?
Your photographer will likely start with styled shots of items and accessories that hold special meaning to you. A full invitation suite, your something old, new, borrowed and blue, and your complete wedding day ensemble are all details you’ll want to have documented. Be sure to remove all tags and have the items organized upon your photographer’s arrival to help the morning run smoothly.

I’m having trouble coming up with a wedding hashtag. Help!
Custom wedding hashtags are a great way to collect guests’ photos from the big day. Make yours personal with a play on your names (#tayloranddrewsayido), by incorporating your wedding date (#themorgans101423), or adding a bit of humor (#twoleighsinapod). Keep it short and sweet to make it easy for guests to remember. Remind and encourage your friends and family to use your hashtag by including it in prominent places, such as on a welcome sign, on cocktail napkins and on photo booth print outs.

Deardoff Wedfall22Victoria Deardorff is the owner and editor of Pittsburgh’s wedding blog, Burgh Brides ( Look for her Q&A column in Pittsburgh Magazine.

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