The week before a wedding is usually pretty darn crazy, and it can be easy to forget one (or 10) tasks that still need finishing. Rather than freaking out as you get closer and closer to the big day, check out 15 things to do the week before your wedding. Breathe easy, friends!
Confirm your wedding day beauty appointments, and don’t forget about your manicure and pedicure. For the mani/pedi, wait as long as you possibly can–one or two days before, and ensure you have the right polish hue for any touch-ups.
2) Get a Haircut (Groom)
The groom should get a haircut (if desired) about a week before the wedding. More than a week, it will look shaggy, less than a week, it will look all “I’m in 6th grade!!”
3) Pick Up the Dress/Tuxes
Pick up your dress, and make certain your groom gets his tux/suit/whatever. Do one last fitting before you leave the store with your dress.
4) Practice in Your Wedding Shoes
Practice walking and dancing in your wedding shoes!
5) Call Guests Who Missed the Deadline
Have guests who missed the RSVP deadline? Give them a ring to confirm whether or not they’re coming. You need a final headcount for your caterer and venue, after all!
6) Discuss the Wedding Day Schedule
Discuss the wedding day timeline with those assigned certain tasks, such as parents, bridal party, wedding planner, etc. A document featuring all call times is something to make copies of and hand out.
7) Make Final Payments
Place final payments and cash tips in marked envelopes for each vendor, and give them to a trusted friend or family member to hand out on the wedding day. Ask this person to greet each vendor and field questions.
8) Call and Reconfirm Vendor Services
Contact each vendor to reconfirm every little detail, including date, location and time. Ensure all vendors have the contact information of their designated point person for the day of, and check that your DJ has the song list, your photographer the shot list, and that the venue knows each vendor coming to set up.
9) Create a Seating Chart
Create a seating chart for the reception and share the final version with your caterer, reception host and hostess, venue manager, and wedding coordinator.
10) Make Escort Cards
Assuming you didn’t order them, it’s time to make the escort cards. You can always ask for help if needed.
11) Provide Drivers With Information
Provide drivers with a schedule and list of names, addresses and phone numbers for pick-up and drop-off.
12) Shop For the Honeymoon
Shop and pack for your honeymoon, including bikinis, sunblock and sun dresses.
13) Write Speeches
Write your vows, toasts or any other speeches planned for the big day.
14) Make an Emergency Kit
Make a wedding day emergency kit that includes fashion tape, band-aids, mints, safety pins, and a needle and thread that matches your dress.
15) Pack a Wedding Night Bag
Pack a bag for your wedding night, and have someone deliver it to your honeymoon suite.