My good friend is getting married this weekend, so of course this got me wondering about last minute details that maybe she hasn’t thought of. I have designed a list that will help every wedding go smoothly once these are done.
15 Things You Have To Do A Week Before Your Wedding!
1. Confirm your wedding-day beauty appointments and get your manicure and pedicure a couple days before the big day!
2. Grooms: Get a haircut. Don’t do it more than a week out or else it will look shaggy but wait too close and it will look too childish.
3. Grooms, pick up your suit and brides, your dress. Do one last fitting in the store before taking it home.
4. Practice walking and dancing in your wedding shoes, if you bought new ones.
5. Call guests who have missed the RSVP deadline. You’ll need the final headcount for your venue and caterer and you know there are those who do not RSVP (for some reason).
6. Communicate the wedding-day schedule, any special duties, and important contact information to your parents, the wedding party, and your wedding coordinator. Of course, this is what the rehearsal dinner is for, but still, you don’t want anyone missing their mark.
7. Place final payments and cash tips into separate envelopes for each vendor. Give them to a trusted friend of family member to pay the vendor. Ask him or her to greet each vendor and be the point person for questions, as you will be too busy getting ready and you can’t be trying to run around when that should be up to someone else doing that for you.
8. Call and re-confirm every last detail with each of your vendors including date, time, and location. Don’t forget to provide them with contact info for their point person on the day-of. See #7. (You’ll be too busy getting ready to direct traffic!) Make sure your photographer has your shot list, your DJ has your song list, and that your venue knows when each vendor will be arriving to set up.
9. Create a seating chart for your reception and share the final version with your caterer, venue manager, reception host and hostess, and wedding coordinator.
10. If you didn’t order escort cards with your stationary, it’s time to put on your DIY hat and make them. (Ask your craftiest ‘maid for some assistance if necessary!) Escort cards are used to inform guests of which table they should be looking for in your reception area, so you don’t have wondering bodies.
11. Provide drivers with a schedule and list of names, phone numbers, and addresses for pickup and drop off.
12. Shop and pack for your honeymoon. Though your girls will make sure you’re covered in the lingerie department (what else are bachelorette parties for?!), bikinis, sun dresses, and SPF 50 won’t buy themselves, and of course you won’t be in lingerie all honeymoon, or will you?
13. Are you writing your own vows? Making a toast? Prepare anything that requires a speech now.
14. Gather a wedding-day emergency kit that includes fashion tape, safety pins, band-aids, mints, and a needle with thread that matches your dress, even a mini hot glue gun because that sucker will come in handy!
15. Pack a bag for your wedding night. Ask some one to deliver it to the hotel where you’ll be staying, or keep it with your maid/matron of honor.