5 Wedding Questions You Didn’t Know You Needed Answered
You’ve made your lists, checked it twice, and are ready to start researching and planning for your big day. Here are five questions about all facets of the wedding process that you may not have thought of—but may want to ask!
1. Tradition: What do I do with my engagement ring? Where do I stand?
What you do with your rings is up to you. Some replace it with the wedding band, others stack with the wedding ring under the engagement ring, or wear the engagement ring on their right hand. You can stand wherever you please, too, though some traditions dictate either right or left for the bride and groom, along with their respective guests.
2. For the photographer: What’s their shooting philosophy?
You probably have a good sense of your photographer’s style through their portfolio, but ask them what their philosophy is. Are they all about the details? About spontaneous moments or directed poses? Since you’re going to be in a vulnerable spot (in front of the lens!), you want someone you trust and whose philosophy you agree with.
3. For the venue: Is it handicap accessible?
We may think this is a given, but not always—especially for destination weddings, in countries where handicap access is not a big priority. Be safe and check, and even if they don’t, you can always explore alternative solutions for your venue or find one that fits the bill.
4. Etiquette: Saying Thanks & Being Digital-Free
No, you don’t have to have your guests queue up and shake hands down the line. Try walking around to each table at the reception or making a general speech. For those really special people, leave them a note with the wedding favor.
If you are envisioning a digital-free wedding (maybe you don’t want all the photos on Facebook before your head has hit the pillow, or you don’t want a smartphone sticking into the frame of an otherwise beautiful first-kiss shot), communicate this to your guests on your wedding website and even on the invitation. Otherwise, people are going to inherently want to whip out their cameras to capture your day—but that’s why you have the photographer!
5. Safety: Should you have insurance?
It’s always a good idea. As likely as it is to have smooth sailing, there will be many people and accidents happen. If you want a little peace of mind, insurance doesn’t hurt, and covers you in the event of a boo-boo.