Checklist Items That Can Wait

After celebrating your engagement and the wedding planning begins, suddenly you realize how many details there are to cover. It can be overwhelming. While some items need to be checked off right away, others can be put on hold. Here are a few things that can wait for a later date.

Dress Shopping

Every bride is eager to get out and try on wedding dresses. After all, who doesn’t want to feel like a princess? But hold off, there are more pressing matters that need your attention in the beginning. Dress shopping can wait six to eight months prior to your wedding date. This allows plenty of time for fittings, alterations, shipping, and final touches…don’t worry. If you are eager to daydream, find a collection of bridal magazines and start considering your must-haves for the perfect ensemble anytime!

Music Selections

While it is a good idea to select a band or a DJ in order for them to hold your date, there is no need to panic over music selections right away. Write down any songs your have in mind for your first dance or the perfect father-daughter moment. There is no need to spend hours making music selections in the beginning. Music professionals have plenty of suggestions with the ability to put a playlist together close to your wedding date. Allow time to get inspired by looking online, attending weddings, or asking friends for now.

Seating Charts

You may already have an idea of who clicks well together and who needs to be seated on the opposite side of the room. These considerations are a great start.  But hold off on a seating chart until you begin receiving your RSVP cards in the mail. It can be a tedious process to dive into, especially if you are unsure about the final guest list. For now, consider putting together your invitations instead. When the time is right to finalize the seating chart, here is a guide to get you started:

The Honeymoon

OK, we know. It is nearly impossible to think about other things when you have a vacation with your sweetheart on the horizon. Typically honeymoon plans need to be organized six months in advance. For now, talk about your dream honeymoon together and just start brainstorming ideas to get you on the same page. Leave the travel planning to flight purchases until a later date.

Tips for Creating a Seating Chart

Have you ever been to a wedding reception where guests walked aimlessly with a plate of food wondering where to sit? Some brides, to prevent the chaos, choose to create a seating chart instead.

Although it can be tricky while waiting for RSVP’s, you will find it is worth the effort to maintain organization on a day you want to be…. well, perfect!  Here are some tips to help you through the process.

First Things First:

It is customary for the bride and groom, along with their wedding party, to sit at a designated table.  Some couples even prefer to dine alone at a “sweetheart table.” Regardless of your preference, start your placements with the wedding party first.  Then prioritize parents of the bride and groom, immediate family and close friends at a table nearby.

Easy Navigation:

When your guests enter the reception area, there are two popular options for guiding them to their table.

  1. Place cards: Typically set at the top of an empty plate or napkin, will allow guests to navigate into the reception hall, locate their table, and take their seat without disorder.
  2. Escort cards: Can be visibly placed on a table before entering the dining area. Cards should simply include the guest’s name along with their table assignment. This option maintains order, but also allows the freedom for people to choose their seat when they arrive at their table. Remember to label your tables clearly to avoid confusion!
Consider Personality:

Put the guy who thinks he is a comedian next to someone who will appreciate his humor. Make sure an elderly guest with health problems is close to a family member who is likely to help. Avoid placing small children close to someone who may not tolerate it well.  Consider seating guests who are the life of the party close to the dance floor, and let those who are less likely to bust a move on the outside. Try your best to match personalities at each table for everyone’s enjoyment!

Designated Kids Table:

Parents will say, “thank you!” especially if you have someone available to help manage the chaos.  A kids table offers a space for them to be loud and silly together, with minimal disruption to the rest of the party.  Don’t forget to have a child friendly menu, which will also keep the little guys happy!


You will find that your guests like the organization table assignments provide at your wedding reception.  And, you will be able to to enjoy your wedding stress free!



Smart Tips for Planning a Fabulous Outdoor Party

At Edmunds Waste Removal, we hope to be more than just the restroom trailer providers for your event. No matter what kind of celebration you’re throwing, we want to help you plan it perfectly! Here are five tips for planning your fabulous outdoor party:

• Don’t limit your venue. Outdoor parties are a great opportunity to be really creative with your venue, so don’t feel like you have to limit your event to just a lawn or backyard. Historic sites, woodland areas, and city spaces are all options as well. Let your imagination run wild, but just check to see if the venue you want requires any permits for outdoor events.

• Keep everyone informed! Having an outdoor party in summer? Tell your guests if there will be any opportunities to be indoors in case of rain or a major heat wave. Let people know what time food will be served for longer events.

• Let it shine. Don’t forget the lights at your outdoor party. Elegant string lights can give off a fun ambience and help your guests’ eyes adjust as the night progresses.

• Don’t forget the seating! Especially for outdoor parties, it’s important to make sure guests who want the option of sitting down can do so. For more casual outdoor events, pretty blankets and quilts can allow people to gather, picnic-style.

• Master your music. Too loud, and guests will avoid the speakers; too soft, and no one can hear the music. For the best musical setup, try four or more speakers set at a lower volume and spread across the space. You can’t go wrong with upbeat classics, but throw in newer favorites as well. Ideally, plan for five hours of music so that tracks aren’t repeated over and over.

Don’t forget the luxury restroom trailers so that you’ve got all the amenities you could need at your event space. What tips to you use for throwing a fabulous outdoor party? Tell us in the comments.