You Misplace Your Engagement Ring
When in a public restroom, resist the temptation to remove your engagement ring while you’re washing your hands. The possibility that you might leave it on the ledge of the sink, or, worse, drop it down the drain, is too great a risk to take.
You Don’t Feed Your Vendors
The last thing you want on your wedding day is a low-energy DJ or an exhausted photographer. So plan on feeding any hired hands who will be working during the reception. This includes your wedding planner, photographer, videographer, and DJ or band, plus their assistants (but not your florist or the ceremony musicians). Work their meals into your budget and consider it part of their fee. (Many vendors stipulated in the contract that the couple is to provide a meal.)
You Don’t Say “Hello” to Everyone
These days, most couples forgo the formal post-ceremony receiving line. Instead, make it a point to circulate among the reception tables after dinner. If you’ve got a large guest list, schedule the table greetings into the day-of timeline and make an effort to find something sincere and personal to say to each guest. Another idea is to hand-deliver your wedding favors as you make your table rounds — it’s the perfect way to catch everyone. Just make sure to keep moving and don’t get held up at one table for too long.
You Put Your Bridal Bling in Harms Way
“Remove your ring when cleaning or touching harsh chemicals,” says LA-based jeweler Susan Foster of Susan Foster Jewelry. “Bleach and other cleaning agents can dull the finish of a ring and actually harm porous colored gemstones like emeralds.”
Then You Downplay Your Elopement…
Just because you’re eloping doesn’t mean that the day isn’t special — it’s still your wedding and there is reason to be excited and celebrate. “Don’t forget to indulge in the bridal aspects of your day,” says Nickel. “Get a special dress and a bouquet and perhaps even set up a table, complete with your dream centerpiece and a bottle of champagne for dinner for two.” When you return home, announce your elopement to family and close friends.