Welcome or welcome back to The BE Blog! It’s just another Thursday around these parts! And it’s F-R-E-E-Z-I-N-G in Atlanta! Goodness gracious. You might have guessed it but I’m not a fan of cold weather. In fact, right now, as I’m writing these words that you’re reading, the heater is on blast in my planning studio and my feet are so effortlessly placed in front of a space heater underneath my desk. Give me a hot cup of cocoa and I will be in heaven.
Today, I’m sharing with you one of my tried and true planning secrets that I use with my clients. Want to know what it is? Great. It will only cost you about 2 more minutes of your time.
Change your voicemail message the night before your wedding day.
Without fail, guests will call the bride on the day of the wedding with a long list of questions. “what time does the ceremony start?” “What about the reception?” “What’s the address again?” “Is there free parking?” “Is xyz person coming to the wedding?” “What’s for dinner? Do you have veggie options?”
Why do guests do this? I have no idea. Don’t they know you will be busy that day? I mean, you’re getting married. You should be relaxed that day and not bogged down with guests asking you 101 questions. That’s why I always ask my “BE brides” to change their voicemail message the night before their wedding day. I’ve even gone as far as having one of my bride’s phone calls forwarded to my assistants phone because it was becoming a problem. The voicemail should very briefly do the following:
Let guests, vendors, etc. know that you will not be answering your phone throughout the day;
Provide answers to “FAQ’s” such as the venue address and ceremony/reception start times; and
Most importantly, provide the name and number to your wedding planner and/or maid/matron of honor so they can answer questions for you instead.
Here is a script you can use: “You’ve reached April and it’s my wedding day! The ceremony starts at 5 PM at Elizabeth Baptist Church and the reception begins at 6:30 PM at the Biltmore. As you know, it will be really hard to get in contact with me today so please contact my wedding planner, Bisola, at (678) 667-1010. You can also call my maid of honor, Jessica at (555) 234-5678 if needed. See you soon!!
I also suggest that the maid/matron of honor change her voicemail as well in case she receives calls during times she can’t answer the phone as well.
Believe me, taking 5 minutes to change your voicemail the night before the wedding will save you a lot of time and stress on the day of the wedding.
And that’s it for me today. I hope this was helpful for you. My goal is to bring you planning tips, tricks and insights to help save you time and help you have a stress free/fun wedding planning process and wedding day.
Until next week. Dream big and stay inspired