Are you getting married next week? Or, are you one of those ultra-planners? Already filling out your wedding calendar twelve months out, from start to finish? (We gotchu!)
Well, my bride – or my groom – as a gal who loves all things organizers, planners, calendars, journals, spreadsheets and checklists we're here to help you organize the last few days before your wedding week!
If you've reached “the final countdown” here are all the to-dos you should be…doing the week before your wedding!
Give your venue and caterer the final guest count.
“Make sure you know the date this final count is required—and submit it by then! Otherwise, you may be stuck paying for the original (read: higher) number of guests you quoted. Let your caterer know how many vendor meals you'll need, too. And, be sure to ask those vendors about any special dietary requirements. After 13 hours on their feet to make your day perfect, they'll appreciate a good meal!” – Jenna Miller, Creative Director of Here Comes The Guide
Practice your wedding vows.
“Practicing your vows out loud is a great way to guarantee that the words you’ve written down translate exactly how you want them to when spoken out loud. Not to mention, on your wedding day you’re likely to feel the “about to tie the knot” jitters. Rehearsing your wedding vows will ease some of the nerves of the moment. If you’re planning on having your wedding vows memorized, you’ll definitely want to practice quite a few times.” – Lisette Gatliff, Lisette OC Photography
Try on your full wedding day look.
“This tip applies to both the bride and groom; try on your full look carefully to make sure that everything will be perfect the day of your wedding.
Whether you’re wearing a wedding dress or tuxedo, make sure that you remove all makeup and jewelry before you take it off. You want to avoid blemishes that you won’t be able to fix before your final bridal look. You may also want to ask for a helping hand from a bridesmaid (or groomsmen if you’re the groom) just in case you need any assistance with an item of clothing on your big day. This ensures that someone in your wedding party knows how to help you get ready (if needed). Then, it won’t be super stressful, and won’t disrupt your wedding timeline.” – Lisette Gatliff, Lisette OC Photography
Check in with wedding vendors.
“Check in with your wedding vendors and make certain that you are all on the same page. Overcommunicating doesn’t exist in the wedding world. Check in with your caterer, DJ (or musicians), photographer, videographer, wedding planners, and any other vendors that are going to be a part of your magical day. They’ll be more than happy to be best prepared to serve you on your wedding day.” – Lisette Gatliff, Lisette OC Photography
Clean your wedding ring.
“Clean your wedding ring so that it sparkles beautifully in the light and looks its best, just like you.” – Lisette Gatliff, Lisette OC Photography
Keep your beauty routine consistent.
“Do make sure that you are keeping your beauty routine consistent and not making any drastic changes. You really never know how your skin or hair will react to new products or treatments until you try them out. This is something you really wouldn’t want to test out a week before you are officially married.” – Lisette Gatliff, Lisette OC Photography
Pack wedding day and honeymoon essentials.
“You really don’t want to be scrambling around the day before your wedding looking for things that you’ll need the day of the wedding and for your honeymoon. Pack your essentials like your wedding ring, any decorations needed, clothes for your honeymoon, etc. ahead of time. You’ll feel a little weight lifted off your shoulders. And, this helps prevent any items from being forgotten.” – Lisette Gatliff, Lisette OC Photography
Delegate your post-wedding to-dos.
“Minimize your stress level by taking time to identify who in your bridal party or planning team will be responsible for returning tuxedo rentals, collecting your gifts and ensuring they get to your house safely and in a timely manner, and if you're heading out on your honeymoon right after your wedding that you've confirmed any sitters you need for your home, pet and/or children.” Maya Holihan, Founder & CEO, EWedded
Take a day for yourself.
“Have a relaxing day off where you do absolutely nothing but relax and take time for yourself.” – Sarah Alouache, Creative Director, Designer & Founder of Sarah Alouache Bridal
Take a trip down memory lane with your fiancé.
“Give yourself a break from wedding planning with your significant other. Take a trip down memory lane by putting together a playlist of your favorite songs that you want to dance and listen to at your wedding. This will undoubtedly put you in the mood and have you count the day till the wedding!” – Sarah Alouache, Creative Director, Designer & Founder of Sarah Alouache Bridal
Tie up all your personal loose ends.
“For example, maybe you're taking time off work for your wedding and honeymoon? Make sure you get all your ducks in a row first. Activate your email away message, wrap up any projects, cover your shifts, etc. You want all these nitty-gritty life responsibilities taken care of so you can fully relax and enjoy your celebration!” – Jenna Miller, Creative Director of Here Comes The Guide
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