Once the groom proposes, it is time to call a wedding planner. Many times the wedding budget does not include funds for a wedding planner. The bride, groom and family members may serve the functions of a wedding planner. These three considerations should be included in wedding plans for a bride with mobility considerations.
- Selecting a Wedding Dress: Schedule an appointment at the bridal dress shop to try on wedding dresses. The staff should set aside ample time for the appointment. The bride will need accommodations such as a large dressing room with easy access. She should wear clothes to the appointment that are easily removed. Family, friends or bridal attendants may be asked to accompany the bride to the appointment to assist in the selection process. Classic traditional styles that fit close to the body in lace or chiffon are less likely to become tangled in the wheelchair. A sparkly belt, necklace or earrings may add the necessary bling. Practice maneuvering the wheelchair in the shop while wearing the dress for an idea of how it will move while she's on the move.
- Choosing a Venue: A representative of the wedding party should tour possible venues to access mobility accommodations. The representative should check for elevators, wheelchair ramps, and an extra wide center aisle. Doorways from the dressing room to the sanctuary should allow ample room to easily accommodate a wheelchair. Are accessible parking spaces available close to the building? Furniture placement should allow the bride to participate in the festivities independently.
- Transportation: Transportation plans for the bride and bridal party must be considered. A wheelchair accessible van may be rented. The bride and bridal attendants will arrive in comfort to the wedding venue. Most wheelchair accessible vans include a pull-down ramp. The bride and groom may easily exit the wedding festivities in style in the same van. A van can even be selected in a color that will coordinate with the color scheme of the wedding. But remember-- a van should be reserved at least three months in advance of the big day for special requests.
(Photo is courtesy of OMG, the Bride is Being Kidnapped as uploaded by Normal One at Flickr’s Creative Commons.)