Welcome back to the blog, everyone! Today I’m talking what to do the week before your wedding day. If you missed my to-do list for the month before, you can read it here. Let’s get started!
01. Pack your honeymoon bag. Now is the time to put that honeymoon packing list I mentioned here to use! Don’t forget to print out any confirmation numbers or airline tickets you may need.
02. Pack your day-of bag. Another important item on your to-do list the week before is to pack your wedding day bag. Include your shoes, accessories, makeup for touchups, snacks, bandaids, lip gloss, etc. Pack anything you even think you may need.
03. Break in your shoes. This is very important if you bought some heels for your wedding day. I took the easy way out and wore flats, but if you’re choosing to wear some tall heels, break them in first, so you don’t have to worry about your feet hurting on your wedding day!
04. Hold a meeting with all your vendors. Coordinate a meeting with your reception coordinator and your vendors. Talk through set-up and take-down, seating arrangements, decor, when food should come out, when speeches take place, etc. Make sure everyone is on the same page when it comes to how the reception will flow.
05. Get your nails done. Take some time out of your busy schedule to get your girls together and get a mani-pedi. It was so nice to get away from all the planning and last minute details to chill out and have fun with friends!
06. Give a must-have shot list to your photographer. Sit down with your parents, soon to be in-laws, and your groom and have a brainstorm session about what pictures you absolutely want to be taken by your photographer. Compile a list of must-have shots and send them over to your photographer.
07. Prepare tips for vendors in envelopes. Make sure you prepare tips for vendors ahead of time. Go back and read back over their contracts and set aside their tips in envelopes. Make sure their envelopes have their name or company written on it so it’s an easy hand-off after the reception. Designate a close friend or family member to give the tips to their respective vendors.
08. Practice your first dance. If you and your soon-to-be husband are bad dancers (like Gary and me), plan a few minutes to practice your first dance before your reception.
09. Plan a moment during the day for just the two of you. Fit in a special moment for just the two of you in your wedding day schedule. After our ceremony, Gary and I rode together on our way to the reception. Once we were there, we had a few minutes to spend alone and eat before heading out to our reception. It was so nice to have a few quiet moments just the two of us to soak in that we were married!
10. Ask a close friend or family member to gather your gifts at the reception. Assign a friend or family member to collect your gifts and cards at your reception. Thankfully, my parents were able to collect everything for us at the end of the night so we didn’t have to worry about handling them ourselves.
11. Drink lots of water. During the final week leading up to your wedding, it’s really important that you drink lots of water. It will not only hydrate you but will leave you with glowing skin. Make sure you’re getting enough H20 and not just the bubbly!
12. Arrange for a friend to drop off food for your bridal party while getting ready. Have one of the bridesmaid’s moms or a family friend drop off some food for the bridal party. You don’t want anyone to be hangry while getting ready for your wedding!
13. Relax! The week leading up to your wedding, though busy and maybe stressful, take some time for yourself to just relax. Enjoy having family and friends close!
What would you include on this list? If you’re getting married soon, congratulations!