The craziness of your wedding planning journey is almost done and it is finally very nearly time for the big day itself!
Your mind will be all over the place with last minute loose ends to tie up and friends and family arriving from out of town. We’ve put together a list to help you get all of your tasks done (plus some extras you won’t even have thought of) to ensure a beautiful, stress free wedding.
- Dress rehearsal
Put on your dress with your shoes, veil and all other accessories. Make sure everything still fits and coordinates. This will give you the opportunity to fix any issues a few days in advance rather than have a meltdown on the morning of your celebration.
- Get done with work
Try to get all your important jobs at work done and set an out of office auto reply as early as possible. You don’t want to be juggling projects during the final preparation for your wedding. One heap of stress is enough!
- Polish your jewellery
Have your engagement ring professionally cleaned so that it will be sparkling on the day and look perfect in your wedding photos.
- Finalise your seating plan
Try as you might to get this wrapped up months in advance, there are always a few who fail to RSVP or mess you around until the eleventh hour. Now is the time to make calls to anyone who hasn’t 100% confirmed, give the final list through to your stationer for printing and update your venue or caterer. Once this is done, if anyone else drops out, don’t stress. Just notify your coordinator and let them make a plan with regards to the seating.
- Confirm your service providers
It’s a good idea to make contact with any providers you’ve not been recently or regularly in touch with such as your marriage officer, the cake baker, the DJ, the photographers and your make-up artist. Just confirm your wedding date, what time they’re expected and make sure they have everything they need from you – especially payment!
- Arrange your after-wedding transport
Chances are your lift to the wedding has been sorted for a long time, but do you know how you and your brand new spouse are getting to your accommodation after the celebration? Get this sorted at least a few days prior.
- Hustle for upgrades
Now you’re down to the final days, you might the able to wangle free upgrades if, for example, your hotel still has a suite available. Send them an email with your polite request. There is no harm in asking!
- Chat to the speech makers
Jot down the names of everybody who will be making a speech and touch base with them. Give them a guideline for how long they should talk.
- Share your schedule of events
By now you should have a completed schedule of events that has been agreed with all of your service providers. Send the final version to your venue, photographer, DJ, MC and at least one bridesmaid who be trusted to help you keep on track.
- Delegate the errands
You know all those people who said you should let them know if there is anything they can do? Take them up on it! Allocate someone to drop off items such as stationery and favours at your venue or to accompany you to do so on the day prior. Run through what needs to happen with each item. Ask someone reliable to collect your bouquets on the morning of your wedding, tell them where and when and where they should bring them to. Finally, make a list of everything that will need to be picked up from the venue after the wedding (such as leftover cake, wine and décor) and delegate this task too.
- Practise your vows
If you’re writing your own, don’t leave it to the last minute. If you’re going with vows prepared by your marriage officer, make sure you know exactly what they will be so you can make sure you’re happy and be prepared.
- Book a house clean
You don’t want to return post wedding or honeymoon to a dirty home. You’ll probably be far too busy to take care of this yourself, so book a professional to clean for you before you get back.
- Write a packing list
Get organised by creating your packing list in advance for the day of your wedding and your honeymoon. You’ll then have time to buy anything you still need and you won’t forget anything essential.
Have a manicure and pedicure about two days prior along with any other beauty treatments you normally do. If you can book this with your bridesmaids so much the better. Grooms too can visit the barber and be pampered.
- Go on a date
Don’t neglect what this event is all about – the two of you and your relationship. Plan to spend some quality time and be excited together!
For more information about walking your wedding planning journey with Hudson’s venue, contact us.