One Month to Two Weeks Out
- Finalize payments. Now is the time to make sure all of the vendors are paid. Be sure to also keep track of your payment schedule so you don’t incur any late fees! The last thing you want is an additional fee!
- Confirm all arrangements with vendors. Now is the time to make sure your vendors have all of the information needed to serve you in the best way possible. Coordinate timing and double check you are all on the same page.
- Obtain your marriage license. Make sure you know how long it takes to receive your marriage license (do you need an appointment or can you just walk in), where you need to go to get it, what documents you’ll need, and how long in advance you can pick it up. Lastly, DO NOT FORGET IT on the day of your wedding 🙂
- Finalize the timeline, family photo list, and final details with your photographer. Be as detailed as you can with the timeline. I always tell my brides, the more communication with everyone the smoother the day will run 🙂
- Review all of your printed materials. Check, double check, then read it again before you send it to the printer. I can’t tell you how many times a misprint happens. I always recommend others check your work too. The more eyes, the better!
- Chat with your DJ and finalize all of your songs. What genre of music do you want playing during dinner? Have you decided on your first dance songs? The music playing during the ceremony or cake cutting? There are so many chances to play songs you love so be sure to make final decisions on these and get them to your DJ.
- Purchase all of your gifts/get letters ready for your loved ones. Many of our couples decide to exchange gifts and letters the day of with their fiancé. It’s a great memory to have and such a sentimental way to remember your day! Brian & I also created custom gifts for each of our parents and surprised them with the gifts at the reception.
- Plan meals! One of the most overlooked parts of the wedding day, but (in my opinion) one of the most important ones! The day literally flies by, in a blink of an eye you’ll be saying goodnight to everyone and the last thing you want to do is realize how hungry you are. Or worse, faint from not having enough food.
- Double check your dress fits perfectly and all of your accessories match the look you are going for! Most of the time, you buy the accessories separate and never try them on with the dress. The last thing you want is to get ready the day of your wedding and realize the necklace doesn’t match your dream gown or the veil is the wrong shade of white.
- Practice walking in your shoes. This helps tremendously because the last thing you want to think about as you’re walking down the isle is not knowing how to walk in your beautiful new shoes! It’s just like riding a bike, once your body gets use to them, you won’t even think twice 🙂
- Saying your own vows? Start writing and practicing them. This was one of the most emotional parts of mine and Brian’s wedding day. We both got choked up, but we practiced them beforehand (separately, of course 🙂 ) and this made it easier. And don’t worry if you mess up, no one really cares; it adds laughter and realness to your day!
- Delegate tasks to your VIP’s! We created lists for everyone that was helping us the day of the wedding. That includes our parents, my aunt and grandma, and our amazing mister and mistress of ceremonies! It laid out all the tasks they needed to do, including timeframes, addresses, and any contact information they made need. Another tip is – if you are having someone else set up the display tables at your ceremony/reception. Draw it out and label everything so your helpers know exactly how you want it!
The Day Before
- Have a list of all the vendors contact information and give it to your maid of honor/best man as well as your parents. It’s extremely helpful because if any one needs to get a hold of them it’s super handy!
- Plan a moment for just the two of you amidst the busy and excitement of the big day. You will be constantly surrounded by others, so even just a few minutes to be with your husband away from family, friends, and photographers is great!
- If you have pets, make sure you didn’t forget about them! Make arrangements for them the day of whether they are joining in on the fun, need to go to a friend’s house, or someone is in charge of taking care of them for the weekend! Kya joined us the entire day and I wouldn’t of changed it 🙂
- Create a Bridal Emergency Kit filled with things such as bobby pins, fashion tape, sewing kit, band-aids, hairspray, tissues, Tylenol, deodorant, floss/mints, cash and so much more!
- Get a great night’s sleep!! If you’re like me, you don’t function well on little sleep, so try to quiet your mind and head to bed at a reasonable time. I know it sounds silly, but your eyes and body will thank you 🙂
YAY! Now, you’re ready for the BIG day!!
We are so excited for you! Marriage is one of the best adventures!! Cherish and enjoy the time leading up to the your wedding day. Soak up every second because it’s amazing how fast it goes! We can’t wait to celebrate along with you on the BEST DAY!