If you’ve been planning your wedding for some time now, I can almost guarantee that you’ve had lots of family and friends extend their hand to help in any way they can. The great thing is there are plenty of wedding tasks that they can do, it’s just a matter of knowing what you need them to do.
So today here is a list of 20 wedding tasks you can delegate next time someone offers to help. These are mostly simple tasks that anyone from your favorite Aunt to the Groom’s Best Man can do. Simply let them know what it is they are expected to do and start crossing items off your list.
1. Wedding Day Transportation
Does one of your family or friends have a car you love? Ask them if they would mind driving you to the ceremony on the day.
2. Airport Pick Up
If you have a lot of guests flying in, ask a friend or family member to pick them up from the airport for you and bring them to their accommodations. A simple task but helps so much with the logistics of getting everyone where they need to be.
3. Collection Of Flowers, Dress, Dry Cleaning etc.
Not the most exciting job, but having someone trustworthy to do this for you is invaluable when you have a million other things to do. Just make sure to let each of your vendors know who will be picking each item up and when.
4. Make-Up & Hair
If you know someone who is great at makeup or hair why not ask them to help you out with your Bridal look? Alternatively, you could get yours done professionally and get friends to help out with the Bridesmaids’ makeup and hair.
5. Ushering Guests To Their Seats
Invite any friends (male or female) who are comfortable greeting new people to be ushers. The ushers will instruct guests which side to sit on and escort family members to their reserved seats. Ushers are especially helpful getting older guests, like grandparents, seated and feeling taken care of.
6. Ceremony Readings
Having some of your favorite people recite a wedding reading is an easy way to have them involved in your special day.
7. Baking Of The Wedding Cake or Desserts
Do you have friends or family who love baking and are naturally good at it? Why not have them bake your cake? Just don’t be disappointed if it doesn’t turn out exactly like your dream Pinterest cake.
8. Coordinating Day-Of Details
If you haven’t hired a professional you may want to consider assigning this task out to a trusted friend with a type-A personality. Having someone in this role will alleviate much of the stress, leaving you to be a carefree Bride on your wedding day. Just make sure to provide them with a great timeline and checklist!
9. Handling On The Day Payments
Many suppliers will often need to be paid on the day. Have the cheques and cash ready in labelled envelopes and ask a trusted friend to give them out to those expecting payment.
10. Confetti Throwing
Can’t forget the confetti! A fun job for someone is to make sure a few select guests have lots of confetti (or send off sparklers!) and are waiting to throw it as you exit for a really great confetti wedding picture.
11. Moving Flowers & Décor From Ceremony To Reception
If you’re reusing your ceremony décor and flowers for your reception you’ll need some strong and willing friends to help you make the move nice and quickly.
12. Perform At The Ceremony
You may have a musically talented friend or family member that wants to be involved then having them perform or play a song at your ceremony is fantastic. It also adds a special touch to your important day.
13. Getting the Party Started
There is nothing worse than having an empty dance floor. This is why you will want to ask your teenage brothers, sisters, cousins and your crew of extroverted friends to ensure the party gets started. Just let them know that on your big day, you’re counting on them to be first on the dance floor.
Another helpful job is making sure guests know where they are going and helping with the parking.
15. Your Own Personal DJ
Lots of couples are now opting for a playlist rather than a DJ. If you’re not up to the task yourself, have your friends create a fabulous playlist.
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16. Collecting Decor
Really want mason jars filled with flowers? Want to find a collection of vases for your centerpieces? Ask friends to save any they have or make your Kijiji runs and you’ll have your supply in no time.
17. Collection Of Pretty Lighting
People generally have a few sets in their house, so don’t be shy to ask if you can borrow them rather than buying (and getting stuck with) a million dainty lights.
18. Getting the Invitations Ready
Friends (especially those involved with graphic design) can help you design your invites and table numbers, or help you write labels OR simply give a hand licking stamps and popping the envelopes in the post.
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19. Taking Home Centerpieces
You don’t want all of those gorgeous blooms to go to waste. A task that can be easily delegated to a friend or family member is to take arrangements to give away to close family members as they leave or to set the tables with them for the day-after brunch.
20. Tipping the Vendors
This is a task you don’t want to deal with on your wedding day but a huge priority. Put together day-of cash tips for vendors—your officiant, photographer, videographer, DJ or band, and catering staff (if not included in your contract)—in labeled envelopes and hand them off to a trusted friend or someone in the Wedding Party to distribute at the end of the evening.
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Any other suggestions for wedding tasks that can be delegated? I’d love to hear them – just leave a comment below.
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