What’s the easiest way to keep track of all those little details that will seamlessly pull your wedding day together? A list, of course. But we know you’re busy already, so we’ve saved you some time by creating a list that you can simply print out and keep with you. Many of these items, such as creating lists or timelines, can be done before the wedding week, so look it over and get an early start to ensure a relaxing approach to your big day.
Put together a bag or box with what should be placed on each table: table number/name, place cards (in order), table plan, menus, favors, decorations, party games/entertainment. Drop them off at the venue.
Pick up your marriage license (You need to apply for it weeks in advance, but it needs to be returned shortly after it is picked up)
Pick up your dress and the tux rentals
Pack your honeymoon bag (don’t forget your booking confirmations and passports!)
Create a plan to ensure that you and the groom and both of your bags are all in the same place at the end of the night.
Confirm day-of timeline with hair and makeup artists
Share the day-of-timeline with bridesmaids, family members, photographer/videographer (for getting-ready shots)
If you’re doing your own hair or makeup, practice one more time
Create a plan for your wedding dress after the reception. Who will take it and store it in a safe place until you return?
Delegate a point person for each vendor / Give point person contact info to each vendor
Reconfirm arrival times with vendors
Send final guest list to caterer and venues
Delegate small wedding-day tasks (bustle dress, carry things, snacks, person to hand out final payments and tips in envelopes)
Send checklist of must-have shots to the photographer/videographer
Schedule a spa treatment for yourself (a stress-relieving massage is a must!)
Build your own bridal emergency kit, or create a list and send it to your MOH (Include your favorite healthy snacks or foods to encourage you to stay fed despite the nerves on the big day)
Check weather, and if needed, contact vendors to be sure a contingency plan is in place
Assign someone to pack up your gifts/belongings after the reception, including the top tier of cake! (Be sure to have them cut it into pieces, wrap individually in freezer paper, and freeze)
If tuxes are rented, assign someone to return them the day after the wedding
Wrap/finish wedding party gifts for night of rehearsal
Go to bed as early as you can each night of the week so you are well-rested on the weekend!
Eat well and drink plenty of water
Check that you have ceremony plan, vows, and reception details in order
Did we forget anything on our wedding checklist? If so, let us know in the comments!