One of the most helpful items I had when planning our wedding was a to-do list! I had one for one month before and one for a week before! I wanted to be completely prepared and have everything scheduled so I could relax and enjoy the day. Today, I thought I’d share a wedding to-do list for one month before the big day. I’ll be sharing a to-do list for the week before at the beginning of next month, so make sure you come back for that post!
*Don’t miss the giveaway at the bottom of the post!*
01. Start whitening your teeth. Gary and I only had a photographer at our wedding (no videographer), so having a bright, white smile in all of our photos was very important to us. I recently tried Smile Brilliant‘s at-home teeth whitening system* and loved it! Their whitening system is perfect for all of you who are getting married but want to keep to a budget and whiten your teeth from the comfort of your own home. Their whitening trays range from $129-$179, which is a small price compared to the regular dentist fee of $450-$650.
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02. Create a schedule for the day of. One of the best pieces of advice I can give you is to have a schedule for your wedding day! I made one and passed it out to my family, Gary’s family, the bridesmaids, and groomsmen, so everyone knew when they needed to be ready, where and when to have pictures taken, and bridal party introductions. If nothing else, this will help ensure that your groom knows where to be and at what time so you don’t have to worry about him throughout the getting ready process.
03. Write a packing list for your honeymoon. Sit down with your groom and create a packing list. Are you going out of the country? Make sure you take your passport! Are you going somewhere tropical? Make sure you pack flip flops and a few bikinis! Trust me, this list will help so much because when it comes time to pack, you can quickly grab what you need.
04. Do your makeup and hair trial. One of the most fun activities I did when preparing for our wedding was having my makeup and hair trial! Take this time to play around with the hairstyle and makeup look you want. Plus, if you schedule your appointment for the morning, you can make sure your makeup and hair last for the rest of the day!
05. Get your marriage license. Don’t forget to make things legal! Head down to your county clerk’s office, fill out the short questionnaire, and pay your fee. It doesn’t take long, I promise!
06. Purchase wedding party gifts. Start looking for gifts for your wedding party. I had so much fun scrolling through Etsy searching for the perfect gifts for my girls. Jewelry that they can wear on the wedding day or a bag filled with all the items they’ll need are great ideas!
07. Go to your final fittings. Now is the time to try on your dress for the last time before wearing it down the aisle! Enjoy your final fittings and go ahead and pay for any alterations.
08. Meet with your officiant. This was our chance to meet with our priest, select the wedding music, and have a walk through with the church coordinator. Take this time to ask any questions about logistics – where the bridal party will stand, when you rise and sit, all of that good stuff!
09. Pick up your wedding rings. Head to the jewelry store and pick up your wedding rings. Make sure the rings are nice and clean and pay them off immediately (if possible).
10. Finalize your must-play list. Thanks to our DJ, we had an online portal where we could enter all of our must-play songs and songs that we wanted to play at certain times. Grab your groom and maybe a friend to sit down and finalize your music choices.
11. Get a final head count. It’s that time of the wedding prep – hunt down all of those stray RSVPs and send your final head count to your caterer. Make sure you add a couple of extra people in there – just in case.
12. Create your wedding program. Oh, the wedding program. I must say, our wedding program was the bane of my (and my mom’s) existence! It was literally the hardest thing we had to do. It took my mom and me HOURS to figure out how to format our program. Don’t wait until the last minute to do this – you might regret it!
What’s something else you’d add to this list? Let’s help out our bride-to-be’s down below! Make sure you check back for my next wedding to-do list coming next month!
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