We are well into wedding season, friends! One of my best friends is getting married next month so I gave her my personal “last-minute wedding to-dos” that I created when I was a bride a few years ago.
I figured she’s probably not the only one who would enjoy having a list of things one can’t forget the month before her wedding. So with that came the creation of this blog post.
All of these may not apply to you, but be sure to run down the list and do a mental check of what you’ve accomplished, what you still need to do, and what doesn’t apply to you. You’ll be glad you did on your wedding day!
Hair and Makeup Trial Run
Whether you’re doing your own hair or you have a hired makeup artist and hair stylist, do a trial run before your wedding day. You will look at pictures from this day for the rest of your life so you’ll want to make sure you love the way you look.
Plan/Purchase Rehearsal Dinner Outfit
Some brides may not care what they wear to their rehearsal dinner, and that is totally okay! But if you do care, make sure you’ve bought your special outfit ahead of time. You’ll want to make sure everything fits well and looks the way you’d like it to.
All Beauty Appointments (nails, hair, waxing, spray tan, etc)
Schedule these either days before or maximum a week before if possible. That way your nails won’t chip/grow out, your hair will look fresh, your spray tan will still be glowing, and your skin will still be soft and smooth without irritation.
By the way, you of course are free to forego any or all of these! It just depends on your own personal preference.
I’d also advice against changing your hair to a brand new style, length, or color. Save that for after your wedding day so you don’t have any hair mishaps right before one of the most important days of your life.
Final Dress Fitting
Make sure your dress fits just the way you want it to, and schedule any last-minute alterations if needed. Weight can fluctuate due to stress leading up to the last month before your wedding so you’ll want to make sure your dress isn’t too loose or too tight for your big day.
Break In Your Wedding Shoes
Nothing is worse than blisters and discomfort on a day you want to be having the time of your life. Break in the shoes your going to wear on your special day and make sure nothing rubs wrong on any part of your foot.
Purchase the Groom’s Gift
Giving the groom a special wedding gift is a fun and sentimental tradition you can take part in if you’d like. You’ll want to put some thought into it so don’t save this for the last minute. It doesn’t have to be super expensive, just make sure it fits your future spouse’s personal taste.
Write Thank You Cards for Bridal Shower Gifts
This is not a “must”, however it felt really good to get it out of the way before my wedding so my bridal shower guests weren’t receiving their thank you cards months after the shower. You’ll have more thank you cards to write after your wedding so it’s helpful to get the bridal shower thank you’s out of the way if possible.
Ensure Wedding Music Playlists are Complete
Pre-ceremony, ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, mother son and father daughter dances, and dancing music are all playlist to think about. I made a list of all the songs I wanted and gave it to my DJ long before the big day so that he had time to finalize the playlists and let me know if there were any problems.
Confirm Date and Time with Vendors
You don’t want to show up on your wedding day and find out one of the vendors hasn’t arrived. Confirm dates and times with all vendors a few weeks before the big day to make sure everybody is on the same page.
Have a Money Envelope for Each Vendor to be Payed on the Wedding Day or Confirm Payment Beforehand (include tips!)
This is the way we did it at my wedding for every vendor except the photographer you we payed months in advance. Having a money envelope with the amount due, as well as a calculated tip, is an easy way to make sure the money gets to each vendor. Of course if they require to be payed prior to your wedding day, do that, but you can still create a money envelope with a tip for them on the day of.
Create Any Signs/Decor Displayed at Wedding
Do this yourself or give this job to a few of your maids or other helpers. Make sure to thank everyone who helps with any of the wedding preparations.
Write a List of Wedding Pictures to Send to Photographer
The photographer will most likely already ask you what photos you’d like for your wedding day, but it doesn’t hurt to create a list for them to have so no photos are forgotten. Don’t forget which photos you’d like with family members and friends as well, not just photos of you and your honey.
Send Timeline of Wedding Day Events to Photographer
Similarly, your photographer will want to know what time you’ll be getting ready, arriving to the venue, etc. Make sure he or she has a timeline of the day so they can capture all the important moments.
Purchase Food for Bridesmaids and Groomsman for the Wedding Day
Your wedding party will get hungry considering your day will most likely start in the morning and the ceremony won’t begin until the afternoon or evening. Provide breakfast and lunch for the wedding party so they aren’t hangry throughout the day.
Obtain Marriage License and Give to Officiant
Make sure your marriage license and any other important documents make it to the officiant of your wedding. If you don’t want to be in charge of handling the important documents, hand this responsibility off to somebody you really trust. You don’t want anything to get lost or forgotten.
Delegate Who Will Help Pack Your Bags and Put in Getaway Car
You’ll most likely have bags of things you’ll need with you on your wedding day. Shoes, your wedding day emergency kit, makeup, the outfit you’ll wear to get ready in before you put on your wedding dress, etc. Ask your maid of honor or someone else to help pack all your things before your official send off and make sure they get either to you or someplace safe you’ve decided beforehand.
Write Thank You Card to your Parents (or whoever is helping plan and pay for your special day)
Whoever is helping to plan and pay for your wedding day deserves a huge thank you for all they’ve done. Make sure to thank those people accordingly.
Prepare Gifts and Write Letters to Bridesmaids
Your bridesmaids are doing a lot to help you before and on your wedding day. It’s not a must, but it’s a sweet gesture to give them a gift and a hand-written thank you card to thank them for all their help.
Email/Contact Guests Who Haven’t RSVP’D
This should be done at least one month out, but you won’t want to have more guests arriving to your reception than you planned for with seating and food. Contact anyone who hasn’t rsvp’d as soon as possible so you have an accurate head count for the day of.
Write Your Future Spouse a Letter to be Read on your Wedding Day
Not a must, but definitely special! Giving your spouse a sweet, romantic letter to read while getting ready before you see each other on your wedding day is so sweet in the moment and something they’ll be able to look back on in future years long after the day is over.
Finalize Accommodations for the Bridesmaids and Groomsmen
Make sure the accommodations for your wedding party on finalized for the wedding weekend and everybody knows how to get to where they are staying.
Plan Who Will Bustle Your Dress After the Ceremony
Bustling your wedding dress is nearly impossible (or totally impossible in the case of my dress) without help. Designate who will help you bustle your dress after the ceremony so you can walk easily throughout the reception without your train getting stepped on.
Plan Transportation For Your Honeymoon
For us, this was a shuttle from the hotel to the airport. For you, it may look different. Just make sure you have transportation planned ahead of time so you don’t miss your flight or other means of getting from point A to point B.
Make Photocopies of License and Passport
Because we were going out of the country for our honeymoon, we made photocopies of our licenses and passports just in case something happened to the originals. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
Contact Honeymoon Reservation
If nothing else it will give you peace of mind to make sure your honeymoon accommodations are ready for you. You don’t want to travel to your honeymoon destination only to realize the dates have been mixed up.
Pack Honeymoon Suitcase
Pack your honeymoon bags ahead of time so when your wedding day rolls around you have nothing else to do or worry about except spend time with your new spouse. You won’t regret it!
And That’s A Wrap!
Now you’re all ready to go to the chapel and get married! 🙂 *cue music* Congratulations and I truly hope you have the BEST wedding day!
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