Getting married soon? If you can survive the week before your wedding, you may be able to survive just about anything. This quick guide will give you the essential tips on what to do the week before the wedding.
1. Make a list.
It doesn’t have to be a fancy list with sub lists. But it does need to be a solid list to keep you organized. Just sit down and write down everything that comes to mind. When you have a panic moment later, you can simply add it to this master list. This important step will help you delegate and keep your stress level down.
2. Make some important phone calls.
You’ll want to confirm all of rentals and vendors this week. Here’s your confirm list:
- All vendors. Especially the ones dropping off or delivering items for the wedding.
- The limo service (if you’re using one). Be sure they know where they need to be when.
- Caterer. You’ll most likely need to give them a final head count. Confirm setup times and who will meet them to let them in and pay the balance.
- The officiate and church/venue you’re getting married at. You’ll want to double check that your date, time and location are correct and that the officiate knows where to be when.
- Hair stylist, nail salon appointment and makeup artist. Make sure you have all of these people on the books for your great wedding look.
3. Be sure you have your license.
To wed that is. You may need this for confirming with the church or officiate. Be sure that you don’t miss any waiting periods by handling this early in the week.
4. Check in with the bridal party.
Make sure your bridesmaids are sure of the schedule and confirm their travel plans. Ask them if they will need transportation from the airport or directions.
5. Talk to your boss and the HR department.
Don’t forget to confirm your time off. Take it from a bride who had to work overtime the week before her wedding.
My boss actually told me I needed to work every night the week before because he expected all of my editorial in before my honeymoon (Side note: I was not working at BridePOP; These guys are great!).
It made that week rather stressful, but I’m glad I confirmed what needed to happen before things got hectic. You’ll also want to know who will be backing you up and what you need to prepare for them.
Finally, don’t forget that out of the office email and who to contact in your absence.
6. Confirm your travel reservations.
Another lesson to learn from a scattered been-there bride. Confirm all of your travel plans and look at your finances early on. We were on our honeymoon and our debit cards got declined. Why? The hotel where we confirmed a few rooms for our guests overcharged us. So, we had to come home early. On our second honeymoon last summer, I booked our flight home for a day early. That cost me $150 extra in plane change fees.
Take it from the bride and wife who has learned a few travel mistakes. Confirm, confirm, confirm. Your passports (you need them for cruises and crossing the U.S. borders north or south). Your hotels. And especially your air transportation.
7. Take a break.
Don’t forget to take a few minutes to breathe every day this week. Exercise, do yoga or get a massage. Do something for yourself and enjoy the last week before your wedding.
We hope this guide helps you stress less the week before your wedding. Any other veterans out there? What did we miss on this list? Tell us about it in the comments below.
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