The month leading up to your wedding day is crazy busy and there seems to be SO much to do in SO little time! Just to be sure you don't miss a trick in the days before your big day, we've put together a list of the important tasks that we feel are most important....
1. GET A FINAL HEAD COUNT
It’s a sad fact of life that many people simply don’t RSVP–even to a major event like a wedding. Once your deadline has passed, it’s time to start calling or emailing those people who haven’t sent back their response cards. You can ask your parents and maid of honor to help you out if it’s a large list.
2. SET YOUR FINAL FITTING
Put those final touches on your wedding gown before the big day.
3.MAKE FINAL HAIR AND MAKE-UP DECISIONS
You should have already booked your beauty pros, so it’s time to nail down how you’ll wear your hair and makeup when you walk down the aisle.
4. BE SURE TO HAVE ALL BEAUTY APPOINTMENTS IN THE BOOKS
Book your mani and pedi–as well as any waxing, massage, etc.–appointments to make sure you get the time you want.
5. GET YOUR MARRIAGE LICENSE
In many states, the license is only valid for a set amount of time. Check with your local town hall to find out what the requirements are where you’re getting hitched.
6. HAVE A MEETING OR PHONE CALL WITH EACH OF YOUR VENDORS
About two weeks before the big day, you’ll want to call all of your vendors to make sure they’re set for the wedding. Go over what time they need to arrive, what they’ll be doing, etc. If you have a wedding planner, you can delegate this task to her.
7. CREATE YOUR WEDDING DAY TIMELINE
Set a schedule for the wedding day–when hair and makeup starts, when the photographer should show up, etc.–and share it with your planner, vendors, bridal party, etc. to make sure the day runs smoothly and on time.
8. PACK YOUR EMERGENCY KIT
Hopefully, nothing will go wrong, but it’s best to be prepared. To find out what you need, check this out.
9. FIGURE OUT SEATING
This is one of the hardest wedding-related tasks, but it’s a necessity. Make it less stressful by looking at these tips.
10. PRINT PLACE CARDS
Once you’ve got the seating under control, you can print out place cards. This is something you can easily DIY if you want.
11. ASSEMBLE YOUR WEDDING FAVORS
Finalize your favors (if they’re edible, you might want to order them a bit closer to the wedding date) and if they need to be packaged, ask your bridesmaids for some help.
12. CREATE A WEDDING CEREMONY PROGRAM
This is also something you can easily DIY using an online template and pretty stock paper bought at a craft store.
13. MAKE WELCOME BASKETS OR BAGS
If you have out-of-town guests, putting together welcome baskets for them is a nice touch.
14. CREATE A FINAL SONG LIST FOR YOUR BAND OR DJ
Create a list of must-have songs for the reception, as well as important dances (first, parent, etc.)
15. SEND A SHOT-LIST TO YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER
You’ll also want to jot down a list of important shots you want your photographer to capture on the big day.
16. CHECK IN WITH YOUR GROOMSMEN
Men can sometimes be forgetful, so send out a friendly reminder about sending in their measurements for tuxes, scheduling their fittings and pickup times.
17. CONFIRM TRANSPORTATION
Go over pickup times and locations for the day.
18. BUY GRIFTS FOR BRIDAL PARTY
Wrap them and write out thank you cards for everyone participating in your special day.
19.WRITE A LOVE NOTE FOR YOUR GROOM
With all of the business of planning the day, it can be easy to lose sight of why you’re even throwing this wedding. To make sure your groom knows what’s important to you, write him a love note to give him the night before the wedding.
20. FINALIZE REHEARSAL DINNER PLANS
Your future in-laws might be planning and paying for this, but you’ll still want to check in to make sure it’s going smoothly.
21. CHECK IN WITH YOUR GIRLS
Make sure everyone has their dresses fitted, accessories ready and they know where they have to be ad when.
22. WRITE A TOAST
Be prepared to say a few words at the rehearsal dinner–it’s a great chance to thank your parents, bridal party and your out-of-town guests.
23. PREP THE DRESS
Have your dress pressed one last time before you put it on.
24. REVIEW YOUR CEREMONY
Include any important readings or anything you want him to speak about during the vows.
25. PRACTICE YOUR FIRST DANCE
Whether you’ve taken lessons or not, you should do a run through with your groom before hitting the dance floor. Nervous? Look at these tips to wow your guests.
26. CONFIRM THE HONEYMOON PLANS
Check up on flights, hotel reservations, excursion plans and anything else honeymoon-related.
27. MAKE A PACKING LIST
Write down everything you want to bring on your honeymoon so you don’t forget anything.
Don’t leave packing for the honeymoon until the last minute–you’ll have so much to do those few days before the wedding. So it’s best to do this in advance.
29. DELIVER CEREMONY AND RECEPTION DECOR TO VENUE(S)
The unity candle, programs, extra décor–drop all of this off to the locale a few days before the big day.
30. TAKE IT ALL IN
Try your best to stay stress-free and enjoy these last few weeks and days before you say "I Do".
Congratulations and happy wedding!!!
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